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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    run xrandr automatically on startup

    Noob here trying to automate the xrandr settings which make my netbook usable in Lubuntu 12.10. I can manually copy and paste the following text into XTerm, hit enter, and it works like a champ:

    xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --scale 1.00x1.28 --panning 1024x768

    (I found this after a few minutes googling. It downscales so that the netbook native 1024x600 screen displays 1024x768. Wonderful!)

    Now... after some HOURS googling I find numerous suggestions, but no definitive way to make this run on startup. Tried a couple of methods involving editing:
    but no joy.

    If I can't make this xrandr command run automatically, I would at least hope to make the command run in terminal with just a few mouse clicks, without having to copy and paste every time I boot the netbook.

    Any help will be appreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    The green

    Re: run xrandr automatically on startup

    You can just create a shell script to execute:
    xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x600 --scale 1.00x1.28 --panning 1024x768
    Save this anywhere (e.g. ~/ and make it executable:
    chmod +x ~/
    In the system settings there is an option to choose scripts that are run at startup (I don't know the exact name for Lubuntu). You can select the script there.
    Last edited by omeomi; January 31st, 2013 at 06:48 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    new twist

    omeomi, thank you for the response. I created the script per your instruction. Then looking where to put the script for startup, I found
    this post by Lyfang:

    Add your startup applications in Lubuntu 12.10 like this:
    1. Go to /home/USERNAME
    2. Press Ctrl+h
    3. Go to /home/USERNAME/.config
    4. Create the folder autostart
    5. Go to the menu > right-click > add to desktop
    6. Move shortcut to /home/USERNAME/.config/autostart
    7. Restart Lubuntu

    Tried this method, no joy. But.... think I may have found a new twist. Just noticed that of the several ways to get a terminal, UXTerm seems to be the only one that processes the xrandr command. XTerm, LXTerminal, and Ctrl-Alt-T don't act on my xrandr command. So maybe that is why I'm having difficulty getting it to autostart...

    Thanks again -


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