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

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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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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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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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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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(Dual monitors) Indicators displaying in panel on both monitors

The time, power, notification, networking and weather applets are displaying in the panel on both of my monitors in Natty. Is there a setting that I can change to ensure they only appear once within ...
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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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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 do I reset my display settings from the command line?

I'm running 12.10 on a dell e5400 laptop and I used xrandr to get the dual monitors working that I connect through a laptop dock. I used xrandr again to switch back to the laptop display when I ...
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2 external displays on Thinkpad t430s with HD4000 graphics

I am trying to run 2 external displays with my thinkpad t430s but it doesn't work. I get the error : could not set the configuration for CRTC 65 I'm using the VGA output and the hdmi output with a ...
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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 do I define the primary monitor in XFCE?

I've set up multiple monitors in xfce per this answer, but my secondary monitor was chosen as the main one. How do I change which monitor is the main one?
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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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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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Adding a virtual screen to xorg.conf 11.04 (third display over vnc)

I currently have an nvidia gtx470 with 2 x 22" 1920x1080 displays on twinview. Since I have a spare laptop (old but works) and screen (22" 1680x1050). A vnc server would be set up (viewonly) to the ...
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Force full-screen game to one monitor?

I have two monitors, one 1920x1200 and the other 1920x1080, and in 10.10 they were "separate". As in when I opened the display preferences they were shown as separate screens. Since installing (from ...
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Dual-display solution (other than ARandR) on Lubuntu/Xubuntu?

What I want to achieve is an elegant way to use my two screens on Lubuntu or Xubuntu. Being elegant means: 1) Working in the same extended-display mode as in ubuntu-desktop (the common Unity Ubuntu) ...
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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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Second Screen is Rotated in a dual monitor setup

I have a laptop connected to a second monitor using a vga port. No proprietary drivers used. When I go to System Preferences --> Monitor and I turn that on it doesn't look as it should, and it's ...
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How do I know if I will be able to daisy-chain monitors? (connect two monitors to 1 DisplayPort)

I am planning to use Surface Pro 2 with a dock station as my main computer and I would like to connect two external monitors to it, but the dock station only contains a single DisplayPort socket. ...
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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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Thinkpad w540 w/ Ultra Dock only one external monitor works

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on this Lenovo ThinkPad W540 laptop, and everything appears to be working ok by itself. Today I received my docking station to which I intended to hook up 2 external ...
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Ubuntu Detects 2 monitors when I only have one

Ubuntu Detects 2 monitors when I only have 1. This causes an issue when booting up because it's detecting 2 monitors and by default it is mirroring the display; which is causing a distorted picture ...
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Alt + tab to switch between windows that are only in one screen

I am using GNOME-Classic and my window switcher is the Compiz Static Application Switcher. My problem is, when I press Alt+Tab, the switcher gives me the choice between windows of the whole workspace. ...
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Any really decent way to get three monitors?

What satisfactory solutions are there to achieve three monitors on Ubuntu? I know some ATI cards (Eyefinity) can support 3 monitors from a single card, but I don't know how well this is supported ...
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How do you run XBMC on nvidia dual screen and stop it from taking over the keyboard and mouse?

I have set up dual screen under Ubuntu 12.04. I have a GeForce 8500 GT and have used the nVidia control panel to set up dual screen in "Separate screen mode". Here's the resulting xorg.conf: # ...
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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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Is there an RDP client that can work with a dual monitor setup?

I have a Windows Hyper-V Server setup. On the Hyper-V Server we have Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit installed. On Ubuntu it comes with Remmina RDP client by default. I like the default RDP client, however I ...
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xgamma -display parameter for dual monitor setup

I want to change gamma for my first monitor. Every time I invoke xgamma with different -display parameters it somehow points to my second monitor. But I want to modify first one. I tried these ...
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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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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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Multi Monitor Issues after fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04

I just performed a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04. I have 3 Nvidia Quadro Cards powering three monitors. I used nvidia-settings to enable the three monitors: *NOTE: The forum will not let me post the ...
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Settings for multiple monitors are not stored

I am running Ubuntu 12.04. on a Lenovo Thinkpad T400. I connected an external monitor as a second display. The laptop stands under the external screen. The laptop has a native resolution of 1440x900 ...
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Run a wine application fullscreen on a single monitor from dual-monitor setup

I have a dual-monitor system, running Ubuntu 12.10 with Gnome 3 desktop. I want to run a fullscreen wine application on one monitor (I'll call it "secondary"), while another ("primary") will not be ...
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Configuration tools for multiple monitors for X / Linux

I have Ubuntu 10.04 running gnome and two monitors. I am wondering if a can get a better multi-monitor configuration tool. The one I have, gnome-display-properties, has too many problems, including: ...
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Dual monitors and command line

I set up Gnome to use 2 monitors in extended mode - and it works great as expected. Now I'm wondering wether it is possible to use this setup in the console mode. Currently I see the same command ...
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Using the Onboard VGA output with a PCIe video card. Both nVidia

I have 2 video cards, one On board, a nVidia 6150SE nForce 430 and a PCIe nVidia GeForce GT 220 1GB DDR2 RAM I have already configured the PCIe card to use the dual monitor feature, using the VGA 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?
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Is there a way to prevent your windows from moving when an external monitor is connected?

So, I'm using Ubuntu 14.10 on my laptop and occasionally plug it into my TV for a second screen. My TV is to the left of my desk. When I enable it as an external monitor to the left of my laptop ...
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Nonexistent display (Unknown Display) messing things up

I've been cracking my head with this one all day, read all there is to be read around the issue (not much to be found on it to be honest: some questions, some blog posts and some unresolved tickets) ...
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Using DisplayPort with ThinkPad and DockingStation does not work

I have a ThinkPad x230 in a Mini Dock Plus. It is connected to two ThinkVision displays. Currently I'm using DVI, as I have had trouble using DisplayPort: Ubuntu is a current 12.10 installation, the ...
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Is there a way to have an extended Desktop in Ubuntu a la Windows? [closed]

I have Ubuntu 9.10 set up with multiple monitors. Unfortunately, the way that Ubuntu handles multiple monitors by default in 9.10 is by having a separate desktop displayed on each monitor (it is not ...
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Dropbox disappearing from system tray after unplugging from second monitor

I am running kubuntu 14.04. Dropbox works fine, and there the icon (with sync status) appears in the system tray. I have a second monitor, which also has a kde panel on it (no system tray in this ...