Ubuntu :: Using Another Laptop As A Secondary Monitor
Dec 19, 2010
I have 2 laptops. Currently I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 on one of them. I have Windoze XP installed on the 2nd laptop. I would like to use my second laptop as my secondary monitor since I hardly use Windoze. Is there a way we can use a laptop as a secondary monitor with Ubuntu installed on the first machine (again a laptop in my case).
Currently I have two 1920x1080 screens running in Twinview on my Geforce 275 graphics card. Want I want to do is a quick simple way of disabling my secondary monitor when playing video games or using xbmc to watch movies, etc. I've tried a few applets but they require the xandr function which I think Nvidia doesn't support.
Is there a way to disable this quickly other than loading up nvidia-settings and disabling the monitor everytime. I don't really want to use two seperate x sessions and xinerama due to the fact you can't use compositing.
I just switch from windows to use ubuntu 10.04. I am still learning how to set things in ubuntu. One of the problem is that I can't set my secondary (external) display to my favorite one. I have 22'' screen (max 1680x1050) but I love to set it to 1280x800. I follow instruction from this website https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config/Resolution and my display detail is like this code...
Somehow, I get the new mode in LVDS1 but not in VGA1. How could I add this new mode in VGA1?
I am trying to run flash video on my secondary monitor IE my 32" lcd tv which I have hooked up via DVI. my problem is when I bring the window over to the secondary monitor, which I would like to watch whatever on while browsing, and try to put it in full screen it defaults to the primary monitor which is my laptop. can anyone tell me how to change the defualt full screen to the secondary monitor and not the primary?
I have a dual monitor setup with the primary on the left and the secondary on the right. When the login screen comes up after a reboot for instance, the login options such as user selection are on the secondary (right) monitor. How can I change this?
Every time I open an app or window in Kubuntu 10.10, they open up on the secondary monitor. I would like them to open up on the main screen because I don't always want to use my second screen. Is there a setting I'm missing?
I have openSUSE 11.2 KDE with NVIDIA drivers. I have a TV on the left and a monitor on the right. In the Nvidia drivers this has also been setup as stated. The TV is on position 0:0 and the monitor is in position 1920:0. The monitor has been ticked in the drivers as the primary screen.
My problem is that all application open on the secondary screen and not the primary screen (monitor) as I expect. How to the OS/drivers that will ensure that application always open on the monitor situated on the right are welcome.
I need to find out a command to enable and disable a secondary monitor using the Nvidia X Server. I've got a monitor attached to my laptop that I don't use all the time and would like to just have a launcher to switch between "twinview" and "disabled" quickly rather than having to go through the menus. It's physical position is vertically above the primary monitor so I have to put in a custom position every time I enable it.
I am having problems getting my external monitor to work. When I plug in the monitor, both the laptop screen and the external monitor go black. When I unplug the monitor, the laptop screen works again. When I startup with the external monitor plugged in, neither screen works or teh computer hangs or something.
I have had the external monitor going on a couple of occasions. I did manage to configure my monitors through System Settings > Display. I turned off the laptop monitor as I just want to use the external. But after rebooting, things didn't work.
My software and hardware information are as follows. I have Fedora 12 and KDE 4.4.5 installed on a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop. I believe it's a 64 bit processor; it's an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. The external monitor is a Dell as well.
My problem is that my system does not seem to be detecting an external monitor that I have connected. Everything else is working just fine; however, I would like to have the option of attaching an external monitor. When I plug the external monitor into the laptop, the external monitor remains black and appears to be in power save mode. The results of xrandr -q (with or without the external monitor attached: it doesn't appear to change) are as follows.
How can I get my laptop to recognize that the external monitor is even connected? Let me know if I can be more specific or provide additional details.
I recently installed Debian, using the amd64 Network Install .iso. I'm using XFCE4 as my desktop environment, and everything is working well... on my laptop's screen.
My desired setup is to have my laptop sitting on a well-ventilated shelf, closed, and to have an external monitor be my main monitor. I want this because I'm using my laptop as my "home" computer, so it never moves, and I don't like the keyboard/trackpad. My laptop has a VGA output, and I can get my desired setup on my Windows partition (not stating a preference ; just that the hardware CAN do what I want it to).
I've been working my way around the Internet for a few days, now, and I've got the commercial NVIDIA driver installed. If I run sudo nvidia-config --twinview I can get my external monitor to be part of the display, which is great, but it's part of a dual-screen monitor setup, which is not what I want at all, because (a) XFCE's multiple virtual desktops are good enough for me and (b) my graphics card is integrated, and I'm trying to squeeze every drop of performance out of my laptop that I can (1 gig of RAM; the less that my graphics card eats into it, the better). Plus, it'd be annoying to accidentally drop something on my laptop's screen, and then have to dig it out of the shelf in order to undo it. I'm not saying that I'm consistently clumsy, but I'd eventually end up doing it.
The problem I have is that my monitor broke but that is no fault of ubuntu and I intend to fix it at a later date. Because my monitor broke I'm left with a PC with ubuntu installed and an old laptop with vista, I was wondering if it is possible to connect the pc and laptop and use the laptop only for a monitor/screen?
Is there any way, how to make connecting monitor to my laptop as easy as it is e.g. in Windows? Just plug-n-play? I've just installed last version of Ubuntu and then connect monitor. After connecting monitor nothing happened (my laptop LCD doesn't get blinked and it doesn't try to use the monitor as a second one). So I went to Monitors configuration, where I saw "Mirror screens". I've unchecked "Same image in all monitors" and applied, also nothing happened. The monitor is still just black. Is there any application which would make this stuff easier for me? I have HP ProBook 5320m with some Intel HD graphic card inside and 21.5" LG W2240T-PN monitor.
I've just set up Mint Linux 9 (Isadora) on my laptop (Compaq R4000), and I'm having an issue with 'dead space' when using a second monitor. Because the aspect ratios on the two monitors I'm using are different (the laptop is widescreen, the other isn't) I'm getting dead space above (or below, depending on its positioning in the virtual desktop) where the mouse will hide. It's not a huge problem, but it's bugging me like nothing else.
Is there a convenient work-around for this problem?
Mine is, ever since I installed the (wrong) opensource video driver for my Ubuntu 9.04 & Lenovo ThinkPad T41 (the one model, imho, they should never have let out the door!), uninstalled it by far-less-than-recommended means (ie, I used Synaptic and sudo apt-get remove and apt-get purge). End up is now my screen has a max resolution of 800 x 600, and Display panel insists that this laptop's screen is an "Unknown" Monitor.
Any tweaks to /etc/X11/xorg.conf (adding vertical refresh and horizontal sync rates for example) has resulted in its own weird behavior. On having my password accepted at login, there's a half-second of white that "rolls" over the screen horizontally. The next thing I see is a diagonal broken streak of white about 2 1/2" down from the top of the screen and 3 inches in from the right-hand side. The next thing I see is a buzzed,jagged rendition of my normal desktop. Nothing at all is clear, and the jags seem to redouble themselves the further one scans down on the screen. The only thing one can do in this situation, and I've done so enough times to know, is a hard reboot (power button for ten seconds or however long it takes).
And as I don't rate sh*t for a shilling on the Ubuntu forums, and as Google has been worse than useless every time I search for problems as detailled as these (it's like K-Mart: it has what you want until you go to look for it!), and as my one self-styled "Lunix-Geek" friend (now in the UK) has only briefly battled the xserver-xorg beasts, I'm coming here to see if anyone knows something else I could do besides bite the bullet, say goodby to my accumulated goodies, and reinstall Ubuntu.
The laptop is a samsung X30 and i spent days trying to install ubuntu 10.04 unsuccesfully as there was no clear picture on the screen, just a black and purple splodge. I then saw a post on these forums discussing the default resolution of ubuntu and how it is incompatible with some machines so via VGA cable i connected it to my TV and sure enough i could see what was going on and finished the installation process. I assumed that once ubuntu was fully installed i would be able to change the resolution using the monitor preferences but none of them worked. I am now faced with the problem that unless plugged into the TV i have no picture on my laptop, does anyone know why my laptop screen wont work with ubuntu and how
I was given a Samsung SMB 2330 (TFT) monitor for Christmas. It is pretty nice and nice and big. Here is the problem: when I connect it to my laptop (Dell XPS M1530 with nVidia GeForce 8600M) I can use the Nvidia Settings Manager to view and use both screens, but on the Samsung screen there are lighter colored blurry lines that race up and down. You don't see this so much on lighter windows, but any darker color shows them clearly. This is a constant whether I set the refresh rate on "auto" or 60 kH (which is what the manufacturer says it should be).I can't for the life of me figure out how to get rid of this problem. I am fair to middling on my Linux experience, but this is the first time I have wrestled with dual monitors and I'd really appreciate any pointers The screen is great, but the flicker is distracting to say the least.
I have an acer aspire one netbook and in display properties it says the monitor is unknown. The trouble is that the screen is widescreen (16:9) but it has it as (4:3)so the screen is sort of stretched. Is the a terminal command as another way round this or how can i get the screen recognised?
I have been using Ubuntu for a while now on my netbook, however I have an older HP dv5 laptop that hasn't been used in a couple of years that I would like to format and install a linux distro on. Problem is that it has a very broken LCD screen and I had been previously using an external monitor with it. I had tried to install Ubuntu 9.04 on it at one point but could not progress very far into the installation due to the external monitor. I had also tried using the non-graphical installer but had little success with it as well.
I had thought of removing the HDD from the laptop and putting it into another of my laptops and installing it that way, but the specs are different between the two laptops and I figured that it would not work properly once the HDD was switched back to the older laptop. Is there any way to use an external monitor to install a newer version of Ubuntu? or perhaps is there another distro that is easily installed using an external monitor? My plan is to eventually remove the broken screen all together and only have the external monitor connected, the broken screen is a bit unsightly.
I am looking for a way to switch quickly and easily between my Laptop Display and my External Monitor, in Windows I had it configured so that when I plugged my Monitor in it would switch to that and when I removed it it would switch back to Laptop Display. From what I have tried it looks like this isn't possible with Linux, but I would like to get to the stage when I can click an icon to switch (or 1 to go to External and 1 to go to Laptop) My Laptop has an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series Graphics Card and I have so far noticed the following issues.
1. If I use the Gnome Monitors instead of ATI Catalist Control Centre it seams to cause some strange issues include confusing Linux on what the max screen res supported by my External Monitor is.
2. When I try and enable/Disable either Display or change Resolution, I am told that I have to reboot before the changes take affect.
I have installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my laptop Lenovo T60. The problem is i can't make extended monitor in that way: laptop 1024x768 and Monitor LG L1952HQ 1280x1024. If i make this configuration, screens appear black and i can't go back without restarting. Presently system support only: laptop 1024x768 and LG L1952HQ 800x600. This configuration (laptop 1024x768 and LG L1952HQ 1280x1024) worked well previously with the same ubuntu 9.10 before reinstallation. I guess i should reinstall ore change to other video drivers? The refresh rate is set on 60 Hz.
I've been unable to connect an external monitor to my laptop running 10.04, even though the resolution and framerate are right. The monitor says something like "unsupported video settings".
In other news, I put the live cd into another computer which relies on a monitor and after the very first screen with the two logos at the bottom, the monitor decides to go to sleep. I try with another monitor and it just seems to have to feed. This is the more important problem, but I wonder if there isn't some built-in problem with 10.04.
I'm a new user and recently installed ubuntu on an old samsung laptop, during the installation process i couldnt see anything on the screen and came to the conclusion that ubuntu's default resolution was different to that of the laptop screen so i plugged it into my TV and sure enough it worked however i still only have a picture on the tv, ive tried all the resolutions available in the 'monitors' box but nothing, does anyone know how to fix this?
I don't know if it sounds weird but I've been trying for weeks with no result. I want to plug my external monitor through my laptop's vga plug, close the lid and work on my monitor instead of the laptop's monitor. I looked through the gnome power management settings and when the laptop lid is closed it can only suspend, blank screen, hibernate or shutdown. I can plug my monitor and I have clone displays and it works fine but I can' find a way to shutdown the laptop screen without shutting down the vga outlet. Its a brand new Acer aspire 5734Z with a 15,6 inches screen (wich is why I want to plug in my 19 inches monitor and work on bigger screen)
I am using my laptop, hp compaq6710b with an external screen connected to that with the extended desktop options, which really increases the efficiency for programming and reading documents and doing changes.
I was wondering how to connect a 2nd external monitor to the laptop. Laptop has one VGA output apparently which is connected to the external monitor for the moment. I saw that there are some converters from usb to DVI-D or VGA. I guess these connectors can make the conversion I am looking for. Anybody used these connectors with debian to get an extended desktop on 3 screens(2 external monitors + laptop screen).
I have slackware 13.1 installed on my laptop and use kde.I just bought a new external monitor 1680 X 1050. The laptop's monitor is 1280 X 800. From KDE i configured laptop's screen to be inactive and the external monitor at resolution 1680 X 1050. When i boot and enter KDE both monitors are activated, ican't understand their resolution. Then, just when i enter system configuration-monitor-monitor configuration the laptop's monitor automaticly turns off. Then i configure the external to 1680 X 1050 resolution. This happens every time i have to enter slackware. How to setup my xorg.conf file. You can see it below: