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    Question xrandr - laptop's screen as main display?

    howdy,

    i'm using xrandr to get dual display on my ubuntu 8.10 system. The setup is: Dell XPS (LVDS, 1280x800) and an external Acer monitor (VGA, 1280x1024)

    the command i use is: xrandr --output LVDS --auto --left-of VGA

    for now, they are displaying just fine (desktop icons' on the laptop's screen, conky on the Acer's and what not), however the taskbar's displayed on the external monitor

    since i prefer the taskbar's on the laptop's screen (similarly if it was dual monitoring on my XP system), is there a way to do this on Ubuntu?

    I've looked through man xrandr and xrandr --help, but have yet found anything useful.

    Please advise,

    Thank you,

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    Re: xrandr - laptop's screen as main display?

    This is a Gnome issue - it wants to put the panels on screen 0 which is ends up being the external monitor. You can drag the panels to the other screen, I'm not sure if it's persistent between reboots. It's very annoying.

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    Re: xrandr - laptop's screen as main display?

    Unfortunately, on intel cards, VGA is the primary monitor.

    You can try adding/moving panels...?

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    Re: xrandr - laptop's screen as main display?

    I see. Thanks alot guys,

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    Question Re: xrandr - laptop's screen as main display?

    Interesting.

    What about icons?
    I have a similar setup to the original poster.
    Code:
    ------------------------------
    |         |                  |
    | 2ndary  |                  |
    |   TV    |                  |
    -----------      primary     |
              |        CRT       |
              |                  |
              |                  |
              --------------------
    Icons (for example the "Computer" icon or an icon generated by automount, USB key, etc.) by default appear at the "top left" corner of the desktop. Unfortunately in my case, on the TV, my secondary monitor. The TV might not always be on, so not seeing USB key mount icons isn't as expected.

    How can we force gnome-desktop to 'ignore' that area when auto-placing icons?
    ~Fermmy

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    Re: xrandr - laptop's screen as main display?

    bump
    ~Fermmy

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