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    Lenovo X230 Multi Monitor Issues

    I'm having some issues with multiple monitor support on my new Lenovo X230. It is incredibly difficult to get the monitor configuration setup correctly via KRandR.

    All of these issues seem to be related to the use of the display port, when I use just VGA and the built in screen it is fine.

    First: If I boot up with the display port plugged in, X never starts and I just see a console with:

    [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:7]
    [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:7]
    [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:7]
    [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:7]

    Second: When I switch via KRandR to try and get it to work, often times X turns off then never turns back on (with the same messages in console, until I yank the Display Port, then X resumes).

    Other times the screen will switch and think it's completed, but the other monitor is dark.

    I can normally switch this by switching the resolution of the new DVI screen to something else and back again, then it will finally come back on.

    This is incredibly fragile and annoying, and was hoping to fix it.

    I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 x64-bit edition:

    Here is the output of lshw:
    hilbert
    description: Notebook
    product: 2306CTO (LENOVO_MT_2306)
    vendor: LENOVO
    version: ThinkPad X230
    serial: R9PGD5K
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 vsyscall32
    configuration: administrator_password=disabled chassis=notebook family=ThinkPad X230 power-on_password=disabled sku=LENOVO_MT_2306 uuid=811AFBCF-5C52-CB11-83C7-9CB3C8B2AC68
    *-core
    description: Motherboard
    product: 2306CTO
    vendor: LENOVO
    physical id: 0
    version: Not Available
    serial: 1ZM4R2681GB
    slot: Not Available
    *-cpu
    description: CPU
    product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 1
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz
    serial: None
    slot: CPU Socket - U3E1
    size: 1200MHz
    capacity: 1200MHz
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 100MHz
    capabilities: x86-64 fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms cpufreq
    configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 threads=4
    *-cache:0
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 3
    slot: L1-Cache
    size: 32KiB
    capacity: 32KiB
    capabilities: internal write-through instruction
    *-cache:1
    description: L2 cache
    physical id: 4
    slot: L2-Cache
    size: 256KiB
    capacity: 256KiB
    capabilities: internal write-through unified
    *-cache:2
    description: L3 cache
    physical id: 5
    slot: L3-Cache
    size: 4MiB
    capacity: 4MiB
    capabilities: internal write-back unified
    *-cache
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 2
    slot: L1-Cache
    size: 32KiB
    capacity: 32KiB
    capabilities: internal write-through data
    *-memory
    description: System Memory
    physical id: 7
    slot: System board or motherboard
    size: 16GiB
    *-bank:0
    description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns)
    product: CMSX8GX3M1A1600C1
    vendor: AMI
    physical id: 0
    serial: 00000000
    slot: ChannelA-DIMM0
    size: 8GiB
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
    *-bank:1
    description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns)
    product: CMSX8GX3M1A1600C1
    vendor: AMI
    physical id: 1
    serial: 00000000
    slot: ChannelB-DIMM0
    size: 8GiB
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
    *-firmware
    description: BIOS
    vendor: LENOVO
    physical id: e
    version: G2ET31WW (1.11 )
    date: 05/24/2012
    size: 128KiB
    capacity: 11MiB
    capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13floppy720 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb biosbootspecification
    *-pci
    description: Host bridge
    product: Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 100
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
    version: 09
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
    resources: irq:0
    *-display
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
    version: 09
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
    resources: irq:45 memory:f0000000-f03fffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:5000(size=64)
    *-usb:0
    description: USB controller
    product: Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 14
    bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
    version: 04
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi xhci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=xhci_hcd latency=0
    resources: irq:43 memory:f2520000-f252ffff
    *-communication:0
    description: Communication controller
    product: Panther Point MEI Controller #1
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 16
    bus info: pci@0000:00:16.0
    version: 04
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=mei latency=0
    resources: irq:46 memory:f2535000-f253500f
    *-communication:1
    description: Serial controller
    product: Panther Point KT Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 16.3
    bus info: pci@0000:00:16.3
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pm msi 16550 bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=serial latency=0
    resources: irq:19 ioport:50b0(size=8) memory:f253c000-f253cfff
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 19
    bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 04
    serial: 3c:97:0e:03:42:e0
    size: 1Gbit/s
    capacity: 1Gbit/s
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=1.5.1-k duplex=full firmware=0.13-3 ip=142.103.225.54 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s
    resources: irq:44 memory:f2500000-f251ffff memory:f253b000-f253bfff ioport:5080(size=32)
    *-usb:1
    description: USB controller
    product: Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1a
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
    resources: irq:16 memory:f253a000-f253a3ff
    *-multimedia
    description: Audio device
    product: Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1b
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
    version: 04
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
    resources: irq:48 memory:f2530000-f2533fff
    *-pci:0
    description: PCI bridge
    product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1c
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
    version: c4
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport
    resources: irq:16 ioport:4000(size=4096) memory:f1d00000-f24fffff ioport:f0400000(size=8388608)
    *-generic
    description: System peripheral
    product: MMC/SD Host Controller
    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    version: 07
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: msi pm pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=sdhci-pci latency=0
    resources: irq:16 memory:f1d00000-f1d000ff
    *-pci:1
    description: PCI bridge
    product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1c.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
    version: c4
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport
    resources: irq:17 memory:f1c00000-f1cfffff
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Wireless interface
    product: Centrino Advanced-N 6205
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
    logical name: wlan0
    version: 34
    serial: 8c:70:5a:b9:bd:c4
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=3.3.6-030306-generic firmware=17.168.5.3 build 42301 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn
    resources: irq:47 memory:f1c00000-f1c01fff
    *-pci:2
    description: PCI bridge
    product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 3
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1c.2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.2
    version: c4
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport
    resources: irq:18 ioport:3000(size=4096) memory:f1400000-f1bfffff ioport:f0c00000(size=8388608)
    *-usb:2
    description: USB controller
    product: Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1d
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
    resources: irq:23 memory:f2539000-f25393ff
    *-isa
    description: ISA bridge
    product: Panther Point LPC Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    *-storage
    description: SATA controller
    product: Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1f.2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: storage msi pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
    resources: irq:42 ioport:50a8(size=8) ioport:50bc(size=4) ioport:50a0(size=8) ioport:50b8(size=4) ioport:5060(size=32) memory:f2538000-f25387ff
    *-serial UNCLAIMED
    description: SMBus
    product: Panther Point SMBus Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1f.3
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
    version: 04
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    configuration: latency=0
    resources: memory:f2534000-f25340ff ioport:efa0(size=32)
    *-scsi
    physical id: 0
    logical name: scsi0
    capabilities: emulated
    *-disk
    description: ATA Disk
    product: PLEXTOR PX-128M3
    physical id: 0.0.0
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/sda
    version: 1.00
    serial: 002212110795
    size: 119GiB (128GB)
    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=00058b92
    *-volume:0
    description: EXT4 volume
    vendor: Linux
    physical id: 1
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
    logical name: /dev/sda1
    logical name: /
    version: 1.0
    serial: 90196b93-56db-4a38-a62e-db390af38646
    size: 23GiB
    capacity: 23GiB
    capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
    configuration: created=2012-06-28 20:52:08 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-06-28 21:03:16 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2012-07-12 13:34:21 state=mounted
    *-volume:1
    description: EXT4 volume
    vendor: Linux
    physical id: 2
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
    logical name: /dev/sda2
    logical name: /home
    version: 1.0
    serial: 63973d2b-3950-4ea2-a233-252115715b61
    size: 95GiB
    capacity: 95GiB
    capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
    configuration: created=2012-06-28 20:52:10 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/home modified=2012-07-12 13:34:21 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,user_xattr,barrier=1,dat a=ordered mounted=2012-07-12 13:34:21 state=mounted
    *-battery
    product: 45N1027
    vendor: SANYO
    physical id: 1
    slot: Rear
    capacity: 93240mWh
    configuration: voltage=11.1V

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    Re: Lenovo X230 Multi Monitor Issues

    Were you able to make any progress on this? (I'm experiencing the same issue on a T430.)

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    Re: Lenovo X230 Multi Monitor Issues

    Not really, I use autorandr, and just deal with the fallout. I've determined that it's only the first time I activate the monitor. I did open a bug with freedesktop, but haven't had time to follow up with it. There has been some progress, but it's a hassle and I'm too busy.

    https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=52973

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