Ubuntu :: External Lcd Monitor Not As Clear As It Is On Pc?
Jan 23, 2010
i have my pc connected to my 24 inch lcd monitor via DVI and my laptop via VGA. i noticed ubuntu is slightly more blurry than the pc. would the difference likely stem from the manner of connection or faulty drivers on ubuntu's behalf?
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.
I have an external monitor connected to my laptop (extended display). I always drag the Totem player from the laptop screen to external monitor to watch video files. I wonder, if the Totem player can be set to open in the external monitor automatically, everytime I open it?
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.
i know this sounds stupid but on my xubuntu i cant connect my laptop to a monitor it connects on bootup so i can see the startup but i cant change after. ive tried a lot of things and i googled it and searched but no answer i have xubuntu 8.04
My experience with external monitors in Linux is harrying at best. It's getting better, but it still ain't perfect. My current experience (I have an nVidia card, with nVidia drivers, on a Vostro laptop):
Turn on computer (booting Karmic). Connect external monitor Click on System->Preferences->Display Redirect to nVidia's tool Perform at least 8 more clicks to enable secondary monitor. Realize resolution isn't optimal and set it with another few clicks. Click Apply Accept changes Quit, then really quit, the app.
I always have to set the resolution, it doesn't detect it automatically. The main screen is *always* on the external monitor no matter my settings. I'm screwed if I unplug the monitor but forget to go through steps 1-8, this time disabling the external monitor. I have to replug it in, then turn it off, then I can unplug it. If I unplug the external monitor and plug in another one (going through steps 1-8 twice more) with different resolution capabilities (e.g. a projector), the settings get all messed up again.
Why can't adding an external monitor be automatic? It nearly is on OS X for instance. I plug it in, and it automatically detects the monitor and makes it a secondary monitor, or mirrors them, or turns it on and turns off the laptop screen. All the while being consistent about it. When I unplug the monitor, it knows instantly that I've done that, and reconfigures the laptop screen once again.
I imagine the answer is because no one has stepped up to do it yet, or it's in progress. So my question: what *is* the state of external monitor codes in Linux, and are there any plans to implement them in Lucid? Further, what would be a project, with *user friendly* context, to which I could tune in?
Or, am I not aware of the "right way" to do it?
I define user friendly as roughly the level of kernelnewbies.org . That is, kn.org is my gauge of what I can understand.
I am using a Asus UL30A laptop computer. I just performed an upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04. I remember running into this problem before, but I forgot how to fix it. The problem is, when I plug my laptop into the external monitor with my laptop screen turned off automatically when I first log in, I do not see the mouse cursor on the external monitor! The mouse cursor is still here, although invisible - if I do a right-click, the property menu will come up. My current workaround is simple- if I switch to the next workspace (by pressing Ctrl-Alt-right arrow), the cursor will appear from then on.
I run Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro with an external monitor connected. But currently the external monitor only works with one user account. The External gets no signal and the laptop display is used on the login page. Is there any way of having the login page and possibly startup displayed on the external at all times for all accounts.
System > preferences > Display Doesn't work for me, I use NVIDIA X Server Settings
I have a Hp dv5000 Laptop (not that it matters) with ATI 200M graphics chip and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Compiz works perfectly on my laptop screen. But when using my 23" Monitor it just doesn't. If I try enabling desktop effects it tells me it can't. Through terminal ( runnning 'compiz')I get the following error:
compiz (core) - Fatal: Root visual is not a GL visual compiz (core) - Error: Failed to manage screen: 0 compiz (core) - Fatal: No manageable screens found on display :0.0
Launching fallback window manager
My /etc/X11/xorg.conf looks like this:
Section "Screen" Identifier"Configured Screen Device" Device"Configured Video Device" SubSection "Display"
I have an external monitor at work, but not at home. I take my laptop home and when I come back the settings are off. My monitor is above my laptop, so I have to rearrage displays and save every time its plugged in. Isn't there a system file or something somewhere that I can write to and save the current state as the default?
I just install Ubuntu OS 11.04 recently to my HP Mini 110 netbook. When I try to display on my external 20inch samsung monitor. I get the black borders as shown on the pic. Resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher will cause the problem whereas lower resolution will not have that black border.
I just upgraded my Ubuntu V10.4 LTS to Ubuntu 11. After that, I lost my external monitor and I cannot find those usual "preferences", "Administration" navigational menus on top of the screen.
Stumbled into Multiple Monitors under System, but it didn't detect the second monitor. However, the 2nd monitor was active and with system startup messages displayed there during reboot. But as soon as the desktop appear, that 2nd monitor lost its signal.
I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a Macbook 3,1 late 2007. I have an HP paviilon f1703 external monitor that I would like to use as the main screen to load the full resolution GUI without using the laptop monitor at all. I've done several Google searches and tried several remedies, and I'm either doing them totally wrong (which is very very possible because I'm such a newb), their out of date, or their just not working for me.
How can I detect when an external monitor is connected in linux? I need to run various scripts to set up my workspace. Is there some clever way to kick off a script when the monitor state has changed? I'm using the Nvidia display driver.
I have an Asus eee901 netbook and it's got an Intel 945 graphics card. If I boot it up, log in, attach an external monitor and then open the Display Settings dialog the screen goes black and the laptop appears to crash. Leaving it for a minute or two does nothing.
However, if I boot up with the external monitor attached then I can open the Display Settings dialog and configure both screens.
This is quite annoying as I've got to reboot if I want to connect an external monitor.
Additionally, if booted with the monitor attached and I choose a configuration where the width of the combined screens is greater than 2048, the screens go black and the same lock up appears to occur. Could it be that the Display Settings dialog isn't checking for the maximum display width the driver supports and is then crashing in both scenarios?
I am running Ubuntu 8.04 on a laptop. I have a 19" Acer monitor and in the past have successfully configured my xorg.conf to handle dual monitor setup with 1024x768 on the laptop and 1600x900 on the Acer monitor. What I have done now is run the laptop through a KVM switch. Due to this, I would like to set the Acer monitor as the primary monitor and just shut the laptop. How can I project my laptop screen to my Acer monitor so that I can use the 1600x900 resolution available rather than just cloning my laptop and using 1024x768?
So, what I am asking is, is there a way to ignore/over-ride compiz's texture size check, a different way to query xrandr, or is there a completely different method I can go about checking if an external monitor is connected?
My laptops screen has recently gained an annoying blue tint, which i do not have the expertise (or money to pay somebody) to fix, so i am using my TV as an external monitor. So what i am proposing to do is purely use the External and leave the laptop monitor off. I am dual-booting Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04 Devel, In XP it was a simple case of right clicking the Intel Graphics Media Accelorator and choosing the External Monitor option, this then allowed me to set my resolution to 1280x960 and i was happy. (even bigger desktop than before actually)
I cannot seem to find this option in Ubuntu, going through System -> Prefrences -> Monitor gives me the option to mirror the screens, but that leaves me with an incredibly low resolution, choosing to not mirror the screens allows me to set the resolution to 1280x960, but the LCD screen still acts as my main. Is there any way I can set it to recognise the TV as the main, and switch off the LCD like I did in Windows?
I believe I'm right in thinking the type of graphics card I have is relevant somehow to this, so after some googling I think I worked out mine is Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller.
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
The monitor on my laptop has become a bit sketchy and money is tight at the moment. I am currently connected to an Acer flat screen monitor. I have the ubuntu settings for using only the external monitor. This works fine once I"m in Ubuntu. Is there any way to force the display to the external monitor prior to ubuntu starting? This may or may not be a linux-related question. It was be very helpful if I could see my Grub menu on the external screen. I could not find any setting in my bios. The keyboard shortcut sometimes works but not on the grub menu.
Ubuntu Lucid Dell Precision M20 laptop ATI video card Dual boot with XP Pro.
I'm using a netbook, and I thought I'd connect a monitor I had in the closet and see how things went. I can get a decent multi-desktop setup working, but it comes with an unusual side effect. I don't know if it's of any significance, but these weird shadows appear on all windows, menus and panels. I deativated any Compiz effects I thought might be arcing up, but that didn't seem to do anything.
For what it's worth, I tried this monitor in KDE and it seems to work fine. Netbook Edition promptly soiled itself and went into deep shock with the monitor plugged in, however -- both screens flickering, Docky spasming out of control. But I digress! The netbook is a HP Mini 210 and I believe this monitor is a Mitsubishi Diamond View DV173.
Just installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS netbook edition and everything goes well except for one thing.
When I connect my lcd monitor to the vga port the system lags. If I listen to music and browse web pages at the same time, the sound skip and when the page stop loading, music is ok. Also, the mouse skip. If I do circle with it on the desktop without doing anything else, it will skip.
The strange thing if I remove the external monitor and reboot the system everything comes back to normal.
I had Intrepid Ibex for 2 years without any problems. I remember a post saying that powernowd should be disable, but can't find the process from the startup list anymore.
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.
after upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04 i received the Unity as a default. with the help of this forum i figured out how to get the Gnome.i would like to try the Unity but when i am switching to Unity i cant get the resolution i need to my external monitor.i have an application, Switch resolution that doesn't work under the Unity but does work under Gnome.i can change the resolution in the external monitor to its native resolution but than i get the upper panel in a good resolution and below only black without any window or anything.
I have an EeePC 1005HA with Intel 945G chipset and graphics. I've got a 21" no-name touchscreen attached to the laptop with the intention of hiding the laptop away behind it and simply using the tactile widescreen with virtual keyboard (onboard). By the way, the Touch screen is working great OOTB in Ub 11.04, although will have to tweak some more to get multi-touch working.On it's own the netbook runs 1024x600 (16:9) automatically. As soon as I plug in the larger monitor and mirror the images it auto-defaults both to 800x600 60hz and I have no options to select a higher res. I want to be able to run the large screen in something like 1024x600 or better, as long as its 16:9. At the moment everything is stretched out on the larger screen and on the netbook I have a 800x600 with black margins left & right.
Can't seem to work it out. The Monitor Config doesn't give me any higher options than 800x600 when mirrored. Below is the output of xrandr, if it's any help. Also my xorg.conf file is practically empty.
I am using an external monitor on a laptop whose default screen is dead. This works fine with Gnome or KDE, but when i do a switch to console (ctrl-alt-fnX) my monitor loses it's signal, and i wind up with a black screen. Alt-fn7 gets me back fine, but i am really missing the console...
Computer switch monitor key (fn-f does nothing, even tho it works fine when in Gnome.
I have a small problem after connecting a LCD monitor to an acer netbook. I need to figure out how to make the monitor the primary. Right now, the netbook has the panels, but the monitor has the desktop. I would like the panels and desktop on the monitor, even if that means not using the netbook screen. I have a screen shot below. I am running F13 with Gnome.
Edit: Never mind. I figured out how to disable the netbook screen using the function keys on the computer.