This question might have been asked before but the solution posted there don't work for me. I have a laptop with the usual VGA output for a second monitor. On Windows I had no problem with connecting the second monitor but on Ubuntu 12.04 when I do it they start flickering like hell and I can't do anything (click, drag, open windows). I have installed the ATI driver (by following these instructions: Installing the AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers for 12.04 LTS) and everything goes well on the laptop's monitor.
I don't know if it is the driver or the system. I tried this solution and several xrandr changes but it doesn't work. My card is AMD Radeon HD 7600M series and the second monitor is a 19" Acer.
I can't believe that at this stage we have this kind of issues with something that should work without problems. Sticking to Ubuntu is a great challenge for me every day.