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    Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    I recently tried running 2 monitors on my machine (running Xubuntu 12.04), and whilst the second monitor was detected, it would only mirror the main monitor.

    Out of curiosity, I booted Ubuntu 12.04 off a USB stick, and within the settings UI, I could select not to mirror the monitors, and everything worked very slickly indeed.

    I thought I'd be clever and grabbed the monitors.xml file from the config, but that doesn't appear to exist in Xubuntu. So much for that idea.

    Anyone know where/how I can set the second monitor up properly. I just want it to run as an extension to my desktop on the right.
    Last edited by dave0109; May 20th, 2012 at 11:58 AM. Reason: Fixed a couple of typos

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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    Multiple monitor support is spotty with the open source drivers. If you want good support, you'll need to use the driver appropriate to your video hardware (which I would guess is an ATI card, in which case you need fglrx).

    Once you have the appropriate video driver installed, go to Settings/Settings Manager/Display, and configure your monitors as necessary.

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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by rai4shu2 View Post
    Multiple monitor support is spotty with the open source drivers. If you want good support, you'll need to use the driver appropriate to your video hardware (which I would guess is an ATI card, in which case you need fglrx).
    Not necessarily so. I have a Radeon HD6450 card using the default open source driver, and I can set up dual monitors in Ubuntu 12.04 quite easily. No need for the fglrx driver at all. Ditto 11.10 and ditto with a Radeon HD5450 card when I tried it in this same machine. I've installed Xubuntu 12.04 on another partition and I am finding the same as the OP - I can only get a mirrored display. I too would be interested to hear what, if anything, can be done in Xubuntu to enable dual-monitors with an ATI card without installing the fglrx driver, which I've always found a very unrewarding experience.

    @dave0109, it would be useful if you posted details of your graphics card and which driver you are using because discussion of ATI/AMD cards may be irrelevant to your situation.
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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    Yeah sorry about that, I'm using the integrated graphics on my motherboard, which is an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3.

    I had assumed that the same drivers would be loaded. Not sure how to find out exactly. Though I did run the following:-

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    $ lsmod | grep video
    video                  19596  1 i915
    $ lspci | grep VGA
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    It looks as though you have an Intel graphics device, so there will be no proprietary driver to install. It might be useful to see all the video information for your machine. Post the output of this command:

    Code:
    sudo lshw -C video
    Having said that, I think the problem that you and I are experiencing in Xubuntu is a limitation of Xubuntu configuration, not a video driver one. I'm sorry I don't have an answer at the moment, but I will boot into Xubuntu again when I have a chance and do some more investigation. Perhaps someone with more Xubuntu experience will have an answer, and I will keep this thread subscribed.

    EDIT: you added the outut of lspci while I was posting. lshw will not add that much, but it wouldn't do any harm to post it. I will investigate this more.
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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    @dave0109, I found this:

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/62681...nitors-in-xfce

    I haven't tried it yet with my ATI graphics - I shall do so later today. If you want to try it, let us know how you get on.
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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    If you solve this puzzle it should be "made sticky" so other Xubu users can find it quickly! Please.

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    @coffeecat - Thanks mate, it worked perfectly.

    In my case I have a second screen using the VGA port and I may not always use it, so I did:-
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    xrandr --output VGA1 --right-of HDMI1 --auto
    Which gives me exactly what I wanted. If someone wants sticky edges though, they'll need to do something more.

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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Peripheral Visionary View Post
    If you solve this puzzle it should be "made sticky" so other Xubu users can find it quickly! Please.
    No - two reasons. If we stickied every useful thread, the forum would be a mass of stickies. Also - I've run into a problem with my ATI card. Running xrandr with appropriate parameters for my setup created a usable dual-monitor setup for that session, but after adding the xrandr command to application autostart as described in the askubuntu link, I was unable to log into my Xfce desktop after a reboot. The only way I could rescue my desktop was by deleting ~/.config and all contents - probably an over-drastic way of doing things.

    I need to do some more investigation and if I can determine what went wrong, try it with a nvidia card with the nouveau driver as well. People using proprietary video drivers can use the appropriate proprietary config app. For those using open source drivers, this information needs to be on the wiki, and I'll see about arranging that if I can solve what went wrong for me.

    In the meantime, the OP appears to have an answer for their Intel graphics device, although...

    @dave0109, were you able to log into your desktop after a reboot or after logging out and in again?
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    Re: Dual monitors OK in Ubuntu, not Xubuntu

    No I haven't tried that yet, as I'm in the middle of stuff that "has to be done". I did find that the VGA screen was taking all the prompts, so I've modified my command to set the HDMI output as primary...

    Code:
    xrandr --output HDMI1 --left-of VGA1 --primary --output VGA1 --auto
    I'll report back on the login after reboot later.

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