I have a HP elitebook 8460p with a 2nd hdmi display to the left of the laptop; OS Ubuntu 16.04, i5vpro-2520M, 8gb ddr3 ram, 250gb ssd, running prop intel driver set installed.
What I want is my primary display to be the laptop display, with my launcher panel showing on the primary display. What is happening is my primary display sets to the laptop but my launcher panel always throws to the left monitor when I set the monitor arrangement in display control panel as described above.
- Switching the position in display control panel fixes it but then I have to go to the right "around the world" to reach my left monitor, not a solution.
- With position settings set to external-left laptop-right, going to panel settings and changing from auto to lock it to laptop display is not effective because they're not labeled by display name but by "monitor 1" and "monitor 2", and with position settings like this my laptop display becomes "monitor 2". If I now disconnect the laptop (making laptop display "monitor 1" now) and move somewhere then my panel launcher is now locked to the now unconnected "monitor 2" and is not visible.
I know it's possible to do this because just a month ago I was running ubuntu 16.04 in this same configuration successfully with auto panel placement putting my panel in correct display whether I'm connected at my desk or disconnected and mobile. I decided to do a clean installation when I got a new SSD and now I cannot get it back to behaving the way I'd expect it to.
Because of my desk layout I don't really have an option to move it around differently. I'm going to temporarily move it physically to correct what appears to be a software issue (though this could just as easily be a user issue, but so many others having similar issues).
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 3286 x 1080, maximum 8192 x 8192 LVDS-1 connected primary 1366x768+1920+144 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 309mm x 174mm 1366x768 60.00*+ 40.00 1360x768 59.80 59.96 1024x768 60.04 60.00 960x720 60.00 928x696 60.05 896x672 60.01 960x600 60.00 960x540 59.99 800x600 60.00 60.32 56.25 840x525 60.01 59.88 800x512 60.17 700x525 59.98 640x512 60.02 720x450 59.89 640x480 60.00 59.94 680x384 59.80 59.96 576x432 60.06 512x384 60.00 400x300 60.32 56.34 320x240 60.05 VGA-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) HDMI-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) HDMI-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) HDMI-3 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 521mm x 293mm 1920x1080 60.00*+ 50.00 59.94 1920x1080i 60.00 50.00 50.00 59.94 1600x1200 60.00 1680x1050 59.88 1400x1050 59.95 1280x1024 75.02 60.02 1440x900 74.98 59.90 1280x960 60.00 1360x768 60.02 1152x864 75.00 1280x720 60.00 50.00 59.94 1024x768 75.03 70.07 60.00 832x624 74.55 800x600 72.19 75.00 60.32 56.25 720x576 50.00 720x576i 50.00 720x480 60.00 59.94 720x480i 60.00 59.94 640x480 75.00 72.81 66.67 60.00 59.94 720x400 70.08 DP-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) DP-3 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)