I know this has been asked a thousand times, but none of the solutions here have worked for me.

I'm using Xubuntu 12.04. I have an nvidia GeForce GT 630 card, using 2 identical monitors - one on the VGA port, one on the DVI.

Every time I reboot I have to switch the side that the monitor is set up on. I've tried:

  • running sudo /usr/bin/nvidia-settings as root and savings the settings to /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  • copying the produced xorg.conf file to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/xorg.conf

Anyone got any other suggestions?


Setup your displays using nvidia-settings, then start xfce4-display-settings and verify your settings. After closing that dialog and logging out and in, the config should be permanent.

  • 1
    Yup, that did the trick. I seem to have lost transparency somewhere along the way, but I can live with that. Thanks!
    – hippyjim
    Dec 12 '13 at 7:44
  • Did work in Linux Mint Cinnamon, too. There it is called Display in the start menu.
    – keiki
    Dec 19 '14 at 6:49
  • It doesn't work on ubuntu 16.04. The settings don't persist.
    – zhekaus
    May 16 '17 at 8:53
  • On stock Ubuntu 20.04 this same idea did the trick: turn on the second monitor in nvidia-settings and then right click on desktop and open Display Settings from that context menu. Fiddle a bit with the settings, hit apply, reboot, and two monitors were finally enabled.
    – ahcox
    Oct 17 '20 at 22:37
  • Also worked on ElementaryOS 5.1.7 by going to the Displays settings. Thank you!
    – TivV
    Mar 10 at 2:24

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