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In ubuntu 11.04 there was a workaround using gconf-editor and setting key /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/plugins/xrandr/active to false.

However there is no such key in gconf-manager using ubuntu 11.10 (gnome 3).

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

The new version of gnome-settings-daemon stores its configuration information in dconf rather than gconf.

To do the equivalent of what you were doing on 11.04, try the following:

  1. Install the dconf-tools package, and then run dconf-editor.
  2. In the tree on the left, navigate org -> gnome -> settings-daemon -> plugins -> xrandr.
  3. Uncheck the active checkbox.
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I've fixed up the answer now. Would you mind marking it as accepted if it solved your problem? –  James Henstridge Oct 19 '11 at 1:23
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The way to do this from the command line is: dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/xrandr/active false –  aculich Nov 7 '12 at 2:26
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I found that w/ Ubuntu 13.04 it's also necessary to do dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/media-keys/active false –  Mark Aug 20 '13 at 20:46
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@elgalu: doing this will disable all media keys - including volume up, down, screenshots, etc. Certainly not what the OP wanted. –  Gui Ambros Jun 28 at 21:28
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Yes @GuiAmbros it sucks, i still have no solution for this issue on Ubuntu 14.04 –  elgalu Jul 1 at 16:56

This is still an issue as of Ubuntu 12.10 released October 18, 2012. A bug fix for this seemed to be in the works so that at least there is an easier way to re-configure the key bindings, but it has since been marked invalid because this was supposedly fixed in gnome-settings-daemon.

Ultimately this problem is supposedly due to some hardware vendors hard-coding video out to Super-P.

There have been updated conversations on the bug tracker since the currently-accepted answer that suggest not turning off xrandr, but instead turning off media-keys:

Try the following:

  1. Install the dconf-tools package, and then run dconf-editor.
  2. In the tree on the left, navigate org -> gnome -> settings-daemon -> plugins -> media-keys.
  3. Uncheck the active checkbox.

Or the command-line version of this is:

dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/media-keys/active false

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