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I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. This is the strangest problem ever and I have no idea how to describe it, but I'll try. I got the audio working with the HDMI, and then it shows my Ubuntu desktop on the TV screen but does not show any programs I have open? It sometimes shows my mouse, but only if it's on the sidebar, and only sometimes.. Weird right? Anyone know what's going on?

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Ubuntu by default uses the 'Extend' configuration when connecting to an external monitor, this configuration basically extends your screen. I think that if you hold Alt when the mouse is at the edge, it'll cross over to the other display. You can use this to move a window over to the other display.

You can make it clone the displays by going here

System Settings -> Displays

and changing the settings as you like.

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