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Is it possible to do changes to the login screen in Ubuntu 11.10? I'm running with a laptop and an external screen and in boot and login they're mirrored and has a weird resolution.

To clarify: I'm using my laptop with an external screen, with my laptop to the right and the screen in front of me. I've set it up as an extended desktop (is that right?). But it's not like that on the login screen, there, my screens are mirrored and has a weird resolution, way bigger than it should be. Does that make any sense?

When logged in, my external screen is the "main" window, where the top bar is and so on. To my left, my laptop has only the desktop wallpaper, there I can place whatever I like. It's like one big desktop on two screens. So, at login I would like the same.

Can I fix this?

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Can you clarify exactly what you're asking about here? If it is two questions, please split them as such. I was going to edit your question make it make more sense but I'm a wee bit lost :P. –  RolandiXor Oct 24 '11 at 16:42
    
Sorry, he he. It's one question. I'm using my laptop with an external screen, with my laptop to the right and the screen in front of me. I've set it up as an extended desktop (is that right?). But it's not like that on the login screen, there, my screens are mirrored and has a weird resolution, way bigger than it should be. Does that make any sense? –  tbleckert Oct 24 '11 at 16:59
    
Edit the question so you can easily see what's the problem, instead of reading comments. :) –  Alvar Oct 24 '11 at 18:31
    
I've done that and then Jorge Castro has apparently changed edited it too, should be good to go :) –  tbleckert Oct 24 '11 at 18:33
    
Can you please clarify what you want each screen to do while on the login screen? –  ændrük Oct 25 '11 at 18:00
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The login screen in 11.10 uses the default X behaviour for multi-monitors. In most cases this is mirroring, but various drivers can behave incorrectly (e.g. incorrect resolutions or not working second monitors). We have this in 11.10 as the original solution of managing the monitors like the session does had more problems.

This feature is planned to be revisited for 12.04 to make the experience better. The desired behaviour is the monitors run at their native resolutions, have the background correctly scaled/cropped and a user can log in from any available monitor.

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I'm on the 12.04 LTS and having shorter resolution on notebook's external monitor until login. –  Esamo Jan 27 at 20:31
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