I just recently re-installed Ubuntu (went from 11.10 32bit to 11.10 64bit) and got a new monitor and video card (nvidia, vga and hdmi outputs). So, since I have two monitors connected to the computer, I decided to try the different multi-view setups (TwinView and separate x screens). TwinView works fine, but isn't what I want to use right now. However, when trying to setup separate x screens (from nvidia-settings), when I logout/login it does set it up, but the following problems occurr:
When I login, the second display (display/monitor 1) shows the desktop for a split second and then goes completely white. I did some research and found that this is caused by nautilus, which, if killed, shows the desktop in the second display again (which it does, but the white screen comes back as soon as I open up another program [such as nautilus or gedit], also there is no toolbar in the second screen).
The second screen seems to be almost completely non-interactive. I say almost as there are two things I can do (though not very helpful): if I right-click it gets rid of the white background, but does not bring up a menu (nor do further right-clicks accomplish anything). Also, if I force a program to open in the second screen (via opening a terminal and running a command in the first screen, such as
gedit --display :0.1) I can do nothing with the program (not even type, as that just puts characters in the terminal in the first screen), save for clicking on the buttons that are in the GUI.
The mouse cursor is an x in the second screen (and sometimes in the first screen if I try to do too much interaction with the second screen). Which isn't that bad, but it seems kind of weird.
If I lock my screen (via ctrl + alt + L) or if the screen times out and locks itself, if I try to get back in, the screens come on but remain completely blank.
So I was wondering, is this how separate x screens are supposed to work (sort of a stupid question I guess)? I'm guessing not, but, since I don't know how they are supposed to work, I can't really tell when they are working correctly. If they are functioning improperly, does anyone know of a way to fix it (as I would like separate x screens far more than TwinView at the moment [if they work the way I think they do])? Thanks!