I am trying to set up an external monitor as an extended display for my laptop. [Ryzen 4800H + GTX1650]

When booting up, the monitor briefly shows the boot screen for a second but then switches to the “no signal” message.

Even though the settings detects the external monitor, nothing pops up on it when I am trying to change the display settings. When I click on “joint display” or “mirror” and hit “apply” to save the changes in settings, it just resets to single screen. No change observed whatsoever.

I have checked for connection issues. That is not the problem. Also, works flawlessly with Windows.


you can use this commandes :

sudo xrandr -q : to show all external port for display and resolution screen

sudo xrandr --addmode VGA-1 1360x768 : to set configuration for second display

  • Hello! Thank you for the response! I tried this to add an sudo xrandr --addmode HDMI-1 1920x1080 and got a BadMatch error. – Kadams Dec 18 '20 at 14:59
  • What is the output for sudo xrandr -q?? – Mokhless Hachicha Dec 18 '20 at 15:15
  • Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 16384 x 16384 eDP connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 194mm 1920x1080 60.02*+ 39.98 HDMI-1-0 connected primary 1920x1080 60.00 + 74.97 59.94 50.00 1680x1050 59.95 1600x900 60.00 1440x900 59.89 1280x1024 75.02 70.00 60.02 1280x800 59.81 1280x720 60.00 59.94 50.00 Removed some lower resolutions for character limit. – Kadams Dec 18 '20 at 18:27
  • you have to type this command: sudo xrandr --addmode HDMI-1-0 1920x1080 – Mokhless Hachicha Dec 19 '20 at 19:32

I had some problems (Ubuntu 20.10 Gnome), and solve this problem by installing a proprietary nvidia driver and in "NVIDIA X Server Settings" switch "PRIME Profile" to "Performance mode". After reboot external monitor earned.

  • Could you please edit your answer and also add the commands / steps you implemented when installing those drivers (including their names)? This would really help future users stumbling upon this answer. – Pizza Apr 9 at 7:52

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