I know there are tons of post similar to this but I am unable to find a solution to my problem. I just made a clean install of Ubuntu 17.10 ( cause I mess things with my Nvidia drivers and I decided to start over ). I have two identical monitors 21.5' full HD which I use but the second one has a fixed resolution of 1024x768. I tried to use both Nvidia drivers or default drivers without any result. As you will see it can't detect my second display at all.

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Both monitors are plugged into the same GPU which is Nvidia GTX 950. The GPU has one DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one DVI-I input.

  • The primary display uses a VGA to HDMI cable ( from Monitor to GPU)
  • The second uses a VGA to DVI-I ( using a VGA to DVI adapter )

Below there is some information which might help.

xrand output :

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2944 x 1080, maximum 8192 x 8192
XWAYLAND0 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 480mm x 270mm
   1920x1080     59.96*+
XWAYLAND1 connected 1024x768+1920+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
   1024x768      59.92*+

lshw -c video output :

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: GM206 [GeForce GTX 950]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
       resources: irq:123 memory:f6000000-f6ffffff memory:e0000000-efffffff memory:f0000000-f1ffffff ioport:e000(size=128) memory:c0000-dffff

My drivers :

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What I have already tried with failute :

Using the information on the ubuntu wiki I tried to set the desire resolution manually following the commands below :

~$ cvt 1920 1080
# 1920x1080 59.96 Hz (CVT 2.07M9) hsync: 67.16 kHz; pclk: 173.00 MHz
Modeline "1920x1080_60.00"  173.00  1920 2048 2248 2576  1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync
~$ xrandr --newmode "1920x1080_60.00"  173.00  1920 2048 2248 2576  1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync
~$ xrandr --addmode XWAYLAND1 "1920x1080_60.00"
~$ xrandr --output XWAYLAND1 --mode "1920x1080_60.00"
xrandr: Configure crtc 1 failed

In case I use the Nvidia binary drivers from the Additional Drivers menu and do the same commands I will get "X Error of failed request: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes).." error, I already test it before making a clean install.

I try to use Arandr software which someone suggests on similar posts but still getting the same error.

Sorry for the long post. I tried to give as much information as I could.


After a lot of search, I found a workaround ( or fix if I may call it). Here are the steps I did to fix it.

  1. I disabled the Nvidia drivers from Software & Updates -> Additional Drivers
  2. Having two identical monitors ( same vendor etc ) I acquire EDID of the working monitor
  3. I generated the X configuration file through Nvidia settings window
  4. I manually modified the xorg.conf file (located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf) and on the "Screen" section I added the following option : Option "CustomEDID" "CRT-0:/myfullPath/edid.bin where 'CRT-0' is the previously name of my monitor assigned by the Nvidia and the edid.bin is the EDID file of the working monitor.
  5. then I made a reboot and everything was working fine.

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