Questions about multiple monitors (Including projectors), how to set them up, troubleshooting the configuration, etc.

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How can I toggle between single and dual monitor setup?

I have two monitors working just right with nvidia driver. There are times, however, where I want to have just one monitor and other times where I need two: I must open NVidia XServer Settings, go to ...
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Unity on Both Screens with Dual Monitors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove Duplicate Second Unity Launcher on Dual Screen After going to 12.04 the unity launcher now appears on both of my screens. I have screens configured as one large ...
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How to automatically switch monitors with my laptop dock

I have a Dell Precision M4300 with a Dell Dock PRO1X running Ubuntu Natty. When I have the laptop docked the lcd display is off and I use two external monitors however when I undock the laptop it ...
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How to play full screen video on second monitor?

I have two identical monitors, and when playing a full screen video on one of them using the default player or VLC and then working on the other monitor - the top bar and the launcher appear above the ...
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Is there a dynamic-multiple-monitor friendly desktop environment available for Ubuntu?

I use a laptop and like to migrate during the day from one (physical) workplace to another and connect to an external monitor if available. I also must multitask a lot, so I have a lot of windows ...
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How to reset monitor settings to default through terminal?

I have a tricky problem regarding multiple monitors on KDE (Kubuntu). I have a laptop which, at home, is connected to two monitors - VGA and HDMI. That works only when the built-in laptop display is ...
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How can I have xfce automatically adjust to changing available outputs?

In xfce, I can run Settings -> Display to change my preferred output monitor. What I haven't found an option for is to have it automatically adjust to a change in available outputs. For example, if ...
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Switch workspaces individually on each monitor

In 12.04 with a two monitor setup (using unity and compiz), is it possible to switch workspaces individually for each monitor?
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How to keep top panel only on only one of my dual monitors?

I am using dual monitors (equal) and have recently switched to 11.10. When I used 10.04, the top panel with indicators, etc. was showing only on my left monitor, leaving the entire space of the right ...
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Multimonitor menu bar

Does anyone know of a way of extending the menu bar from one screen all the way across to the other, so that the gnome menu bar spans both/all monitors? I'm basically looking for something similiar ...
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How to 'Expo' One Big Wall with Dual Monitors [closed]

With Dual Monitors, when I use the Expo, it clones repeating itself in each monitor. With 10.10 I solved this with the option 'One Big Wall' but this doesn't work on 11.04 I have a nvidia 560Ti with ...
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list existing X display names?

How do I get a list of current X display names? Apart from being a useful thing to know, I want this so that (hopefully!) I can use xcalib -invert -alter as suggested in this question to invert the ...
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Simple switching between multiple monitor configurations

Context I use Ubuntu 11.04 on a laptop. I have three monitor configurations: Work: disable laptop monitor, use external 1920 X 1200 monitor Home: disable laptop monitor, use external 1680 x 1050 ...
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Software Updater window not displaying, though open in 13.04

I have a very interesting problem that has just recently developed. I am routinely getting software updates and I can see the software updater window is available to be displayed on the task bar in ...
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I cannot set up dual monitors to work with 11.10 using amdcccle 11.9

I've installed the ati catalyst drivers 11.9 manually because the default ones don't work with gnome-shell. But when that I try to change the settings in amdcccle(adminstrative) to use multi-display, ...
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xorg.conf changes from nvidia-setting have no effect after reboot

I have upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 today and everything works smooth apart from one thing. I have a dual monitor setup and every time reboot the screens have switched places (left screen on right ...
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Xorg.conf (nvidia) Second Monitor getting settings of first

I've been spending the weekend (and some time before that) trying to set up my Korean QHD270 and Benq G2222HDL monitors with Ubuntu 13.10. With the nouveau drivers install both monitor function ...
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How to provide second monitors resolution to application?

I have a dual monitor setup, with the basic TwinView settings from my Nvidia-card (550 Ti). One monitor is my primary display (1600x900) and the other is my TV (1920*1080). I have arranged XBMC to ...
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How do I remove top panel on dual screen on secondary monitor?

How do I remove top bar on secondary monitor??
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Multimonitor in login screen vs. lock screen

I have a multiple monitor setup with two screens. The login screen uses dual monitor mode (as seen on the first picture), but the lock screen (CTRL + ALT + L) uses only a single monitor and disables ...
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Can OO Presentation go full-screen to the secondary monitor?

I have two screens set up on my desktop, the second is a projector. For obvious reasons I would like to have the secondary screen ( projector) display the full-screen view of OO Presentation. I am ...
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Where can I find an automatic day-night color balance adjuster similar to f.lux/Redshift that works with multiple monitors?

I tried f.lux, and I like what it does (automatically adjust the color balance of your monitors depending on time of day), but it seems to work on only 1 of my monitors. Can I configure it to work on ...
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Xorg server configuration fail - no screens detected

I have a serious problem with Xorg server on ubuntu 12.04 (with nvidia 420M GT card). At home I am using an external monitor connected to my laptop's HDMI port - the external display is used as ...
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Screen turns black when plugging in a second monitor

I'm running 11.04 on a 2011 13" mackbook pro (intel hd 3000 gpu). Previously everything had been fine, but today when I plug in an external monitor (17" Acer being plugged in via a mini display port ...
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Disabling monitor reconfiguration when closing lid

I often need to move my laptop from one working place to another. When I do this, there are two events Ubuntu responds to by changing the monitor set up: Removing/attaching the VGA cable ...
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How to run game on one monitor and have programs on other monitor still visible?

How can i make programs on second monitor still visible while playing game (Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory)? I know that i can use windowed mode, but playing in windowed kinda feels different, like ...
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Is there a way to move the unity launcher 'show' edge on multiple monitor setup?

I'm in a situation where my primary monitor is on my right and that is the screen with the Unity launcher. When I fullscreen an app, the edge that actually tiggers the launcher to reappear is on my ...
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How can I launch apps on the screen that the mouse cursor is on?

I have two screens connected to my computer. I want applications to start on the screen my mouse cursor is on. How can I set this?
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Is it possible to setup auto-detection of HDMI?

Right now when I plug my HDTV into my laptop's HDMI input I have to run 'xrandr' for it to recognize the display and then manually switch the audio hardware selection. Is there a way that Ubuntu ...
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How to make the most of dual monitors?

I've recently acquired a second screen for my laptop. The external one is, of course, way bigger than the integrated one. So I've been wondering, how do you guys set up your Ubuntu for two monitors? ...
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unity slow with dual-monitor

With single-screen, Unity is fast in opening apps, switching between opened apps, etc. When I use dual-monitor then i see considerable drop in performance in the above mentioned areas. Overall system ...
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External Monitor display on Thinkpad W520 with 12.04

I know there is a lot of material regarding these problems, but much of it seems outdated and nothing seems to be working for my situation: ThinkPad W520 (Intel 3000 and Nvidia 1000M chipset) OS: ...
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Xinerama = 1 loses theme [closed]

I am testing out 12.04 and am using Xinerama = 1 in xorg.conf. When I do this, everything seems to work, except that some applications end up with strange looking buttons. Please see this image: ...
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Is there anyway I can stop the panel from showing up when I switch focus to a different application?

I have a dual monitor setup going. I want to play a video (using SMplayer) on the second screen while using applications on the first screen. I have it working except for one annoying thing. When ever ...
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nvidia-settings makes one of my dual monitors grey and useless, disables network

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit, Precise Pangolin, with a PNY GTS 250 1GB video card and a monitor plugged into each of the DVI ports. I'm using the proprietary drivers (post-release updates). If I ...
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How can I prevent an app from leaving full screen mode when I move the cursor to another display?

When I have dual displays set up, or when I am using Synergy to use one keyboard and mouse across two computers/screens, I can't seem to retain F11 full screen mode for the top application when I ...
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How to easily open the Launcher with a secondary monitor to the left

I have two monitors (24" as main and a 19" to the left). Each time I want to swap to a different application or launch a new one, the launcher seems a little problematic to come up. Even though ...
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Personalize monitor position before login

I'm using multiple monitors. When logged in everything I fine. Left monitor is positioned left and right monitor is positioned right, but before I login the login screen positions them the other way ...
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How to disable laptop's LCD and use external monitor as only output?

My laptop's LCD broke and I removed it. Now I permanently added a monitor via HDMI. How can I set up Ubuntu 12.10 to only use and show the external monitor and disable the LCD? Right now, I cannot ...
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The desktop cannot be created because its area is too large with ati card and dual monitors

I have two monitors (1920x1200 and 2550x1600) and ati card (hd 4870x2). I installed the ati drivers from additional drivers panel. Unfortunately ulike in previous versions of ubuntu I am unable to set ...
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How do I list connected displays using the command line?

Is there a command that will list displays connected to the computer? Specifically, I'm looking to find out how my external monitor is being detected by the system when connected by HDMI cable and ...
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Can't set a higher screen resolution in a external display in a Dell Mini 10v laptop

I have a 22'' display from HP (w2207h) connected to my laptop (a Dell Mini 10v or 1011) through a VGA switch (a share this screen with a desktop computer and a Nintendo Wii). My problem is that I ...
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dual view monitors for one desktop on ati

How do i get dual view (two monitors with Full-HD-resolution) for one desktop on unity with an ati card on ubuntu 11.10? on 11.04 all worked fine. Now i have the problem, that after customizing on ...
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Dual monitors behaving strangely with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650

I recently installed Ubuntu and intended to use my 1920x1080 monitor with my 1440 x 900 laptop via HDMI, however, when I went into system settings to extend the displays I got this error: The ...
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windows maximize in the wrong display

I use dual display with Ubuntu 12.04. Display 1: Thinkpad T420s. Intel HD3000 Display 2: HP 1955. Whenever I want to maximize the windows (say a Chrome browser) in display 1, it automatically ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 and Quad Monitors?

I am very interested in getting a quad monitor setup using Ubuntu 12.04. Is this possible with Unity? Will Nvidia X Server automatically detect and configure all 4 monitors making things easy? I have ...
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Graphics cards so I can have 4 monitors

I currently have a single old graphics card to which I have connected 2 monitors giving me a big desktop of 2560x1024. If I get 2 of the following graphics card: ...
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Saving monitor settings?

Is there a way to save my monitor settings? I have an external monitor at work, but each morning i have to plug it in, rearrange the windows from being side by side to being on top of each other. Can ...
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How can I force fullscreen on my right screen?

I have 2 screens: 17" on left and 22" screen on right side. When I watch a movie with VLC and want to watch on full-screen on my 22" screen (the right one), I move my VLC window in right screen and ...
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Is it possible to use more than two monitors?

Is it possible to use more than two monitors in Ubuntu? If so, which graphics cards are known to work for example with three monitors in Ubuntu?