I have problems with my notebook DELL Precision M3800 with NVIDIA Quadro K1100 and Intel. I need to use the proprietary driver nvidia (I tested the 331 that 349) with my external monitor.

My external monitor (DELL) has a resolution of 1920*1200, I connect via DVI-miniDP adapt but my system at each session view this error: could not set the configuration for CRTC 64.

Setting: Notebook Resolution: 1920*1080 Ext Monitor: 1920*1200

antodc@gandalf:~$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 3840 x 1200, maximum 16384 x 16384
eDP1 connected 1920x1080+0+0 346mm x 194mm
   3840x2160      60.0 +   48.0  
   2048x1536      60.0  
   1920x1440      60.0  
   1856x1392      60.0  
   1792x1344      60.0  
   1920x1200      60.0  
   1920x1080      59.9* 
   1600x1200      60.0  
   1680x1050      60.0     59.9  
   1600x1024      60.2  
   1400x1050      60.0  
   1280x1024      60.0  
   1440x900       59.9  
   1280x960       60.0  
   1360x768       59.8     60.0  
   1152x864       60.0  
   1024x768       60.0  
   800x600        60.3     56.2  
   640x480        59.9  
VGA1 disconnected
HDMI1 disconnected
DP1 disconnected
HDMI2 connected 1920x1200+1920+0 518mm x 324mm
   1920x1200      60.0*+
   1600x1200      60.0  
   1680x1050      59.9  
   1280x1024      60.0  
   1280x960       60.0  
   1024x768       60.0  
   800x600        60.3  
   640x480        60.0  
   720x400        70.1  
VIRTUAL1 disconnected

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "layout"
    Screen 0 "nvidia"
    Inactive "intel"

Section "Device"
    Identifier "intel"
    Driver "intel"
    BusID "PCI:0@0:2:0"
    Option "AccelMethod" "SNA"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "intel"
    Device "intel"

Section "Device"
    Identifier "nvidia"
    Driver "nvidia"
    BusID "PCI:2@0:0:0"
    Option "ConstrainCursor" "off"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "nvidia"
    Device "nvidia"
    Option "AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration" "on"
    Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "CRT"

I am trying in every way but I can not make them work. Do you have any idea to suggest?


you can try this:

xrandr -s 1920x1200
xrandr --output HDMI2 --auto --left-of eDP1

the first command set your main screen to the resolution 1920x1200, and the second command let your external monitor have the same resolution with your main screen. Alternatively, you can use --same-as or --right-of options

  • the resolution with the nouveau driver perform well altrhough there are several delay. We need to work to use the official nvidia driver because is necessary a double monitor and 3d accel with VM Vmware. The optimal Dell M3800 resolution is : 1920*1080 and the high resolution of my Dell Monitor is 1920x1200. Thanks – rafanto Jun 5 '15 at 15:55

This sounds like you have broken adapter to me.

I use this laptop with an external 4k screen which i have connected via hdmi and display port.

It works out of the box.

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