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

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Different wallpapers on multiple monitors

I have a laptop and a monitor. Most of the time my laptop is connected to the monitor over HDMI. I use Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 and here is what I want: When no monitor is connected I want a simple ...
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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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How to get Ubuntu guest VM to recognize second VirtualBox monitor?

Now that VirtualBox supports multiple monitors for guests, I decided to try it out with Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha3 (i386) as a guest. Unfortunately, the second screen stays black and I can't even get xrandr ...
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Dual monitors with one above the other?

I'm using Gnome 3 and proprietary Nvidia drivers. I have tried to set in nvidia-settings my external monitor to be "above" my main one (it's a laptop). However, when I try to drag a window up from the ...
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How do I perform easy switching to external monitor

I am currently changing between my laptop and my external monitor with the NVidia X Server Settings program and I'm sure I'm doing it in a really dumb way: I currently select the external monitor, ...
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How to disable sticky edges in Ubuntu 14.04 (Ubuntu 13.10 and earlier had a Option for On/Off Mouse Stickiness)

In Ubuntu 12.04~13.10, the Settings >> Display >> Sticky Edges [On/Off] option was available. In Ubuntu 14.10, it is missing. How do I disable Mouse Edge Stickiness so that when I move my mouse from ...
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Displayport 1.2 MST/daisy chain - Dual Monitor setup - Intel graphics

I am running ubuntu 13.10 on a desktop system and I have 2 monitors that I am trying to connect via Displayport's 1.2 multi-streaming support. The system is equiped with an Intel Core i7-4770K ...
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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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Dual Monitor in 12.04 - Sort of works

Not an error, per se, more of an observation. Since upgrading to 12.04, I have found and solved some interesting problems. Given my complete lack of Ubuntu knowledge, this has indeed made me feel more ...
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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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Why are my file selection dialogs so big? How do I make them smaller?

When I use an external monitor, my file selection dialog boxes seem to be huge -- wider than my larger screen. I assume it is a nautilus issue since it happens whether I'm trying to open a file to ...
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Extend Desktop to Monitor over LAN

I want to make use of an old laptop by extending my the desktop from my main PC onto the monitor of this other, old laptop over a LAN connection. I've looked into Xdmx/dmx, but the project seems to ...
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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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Erratic display behaviour on 12.04 using an Asus Zenbook

When I first plugged in my 23 inch monitor through the mini-VGA port, everything worked...both display were detected, and worked. On the second or third plug in, the internal display would turn off, ...
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How should I handle multiple monitors when I regularly connect and disconnect different monitors and projectors

I'm moving from a macbook pro (with MacOSX) to a lenovo T430 running ubuntu 12.10. I use the laptop for work, and work from home regularly. I have an external 30" monitor at home, an external 23" ...
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Will running dual monitors have any significant impact on system speed?

Will setting up dual monitors on a decent-but-not-too-powerful machine significantly slow down my system? For specifics to my system, this is a 2GHz Intel Dual-core laptop with 4GB RAM and a decent ...
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Two monitors when only having one in 13.10

I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.10 64bit, and it says that I have 2 monitors, when I actually only have one I have a Dell XPS 15 with Nvidia graphics card if that helps in anyway
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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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Auto switch workspaces

I have several monitoring applications that we would like to project using a projector in the IT area of our office. One of the apps is a Java application (so auto switching tabs in a browser will ...
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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 can I extend the desktop onto an external monitor/projector?

I've plugged in a projector into my laptop and I'm attempting to extend the desktop onto it (so that I can run a full screen app on the projector and have the controls on my laptop). I'm able to ...
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Dual screens with one workspace on each?

I have a dual screen, compiz-fusion and i don't have a NVDIA/ATI graphic card and i use ubuntu 10.10. i currently use the two monitors: the desktop is stretched across monitors and i can drag an ...
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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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Problem forcing GNOME Terminal to stretch across multiple monitors

I am running vim in gnome-terminal, and ideally I would like to have fullscreen mode stretch across both monitors, not just one. Is there any way to do this? If I disable CCSM > Grid then I can ...
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`xcalib -i -a` controls only one of two screens - can it control both?

I am using 2 screens, and wish to invert the colors on both of them without using compiz (I'm using gnome shell). I can use xcalib -invert -alter as suggested in this question, but it only inverts ...
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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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How to install a second graphics card and use 4 monitors?

I finally decided to take the plunge and ditch windows. After several hours I got things working perfectly with all my apps installed. Only problem is that I run 4 desktop displays off 2 nvidia ...
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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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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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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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Want to disable built-in screen by default

Some background: My old, well-loved laptop has kicked the bucket. The normally well-backlit screen is entirely, illegibly darkened. It seems to my inexpert inspection to be a hardware problem well ...
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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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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 I'...
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How can I use two video cards to power three screens?

I have two Radeon 6450 graphics cards in my computer, with three screens. Only the screens plugged into the first graphics card are recognized and configurable in the displays setting panel. How can ...
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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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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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Running three screens (laptop and 2 external monitors)

Kind of an Ubuntu noob here. I'm trying to run 2 external monitors along with my laptop monitor on Ubuntu 11.04. I have a Lenovo T520 with the following graphics: VGA compatible controller: ...
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Desktop icons off screen

I have a three monitor setup, where the left monitor is positioned lower than the other two. I want to setup the monitor layout accordingly, but when I do that, some of the desktop icons are not ...
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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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How can I disable workspaces for external monitor?

How can I disable workspaces for the external monitor in Maverick Meerkat (10.10)? Basically, I want to use the ability to switch workspaces, but on the main monitor only, I would like to set a fix ...
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Second monitor and workspaces

When my second monitor is connected to my system, I get four workspaces for each. This is annoying as I now have eight. I would like to continue using workspaces on my large monitor but have the ...
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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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How to highlight current screen (or window)?

I'm using two screen setup at work and while it usually helps more than it hurts, I have some issues with it. One of them is problem with trailing focus - sometimes I make mistake of typing on wrong ...
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How can I show notes on my laptop in LibreOffice Impress?

I think it would be very nice to present on a projector with my laptop showing the notes! I appreciate any help and I love you if you find it until tomorrow!
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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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How to have launcher on non-primary screen?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on one computer with two monitors. I've found the place in settings where I can set the "launcher placement" and the "primary" monitor (using the black bar); however, I ...
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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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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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Setting different subpixel rendering on different monitors

I am using dual monitors, one of them rotated by 90 degrees. Font antialising does not look right in the rotated monitor (i.e., there are rainbow borders around characters). I believe this is ...
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If external display is connected {“Lid is closed : Do nothing” } else{ “Lid is closed: Suspend” }?

My laptop suspends when I close the lid, as I want it to. However, when I connect an external display (HDMI) and keyboard (USB), I like to be able to close the lid of the laptop, without suspending ...