[TriLUG] automatic setup of external monitor?
hunteke at earlham.edu
Tue Aug 4 11:29:10 EDT 2009
Hullo Fellow TriLUG folks,
About a month ago, I finally had the opportunity and courage to retry my
machine in a multi-screen environment. The last time I went through
this, I had to do xorg.conf hacking and switching of files every time I
un/plugged an external monitor in to my machine. So I was pleasantly
surprised when, for the most part, it Just Worked. Awesome. (System
But now that the mouse has a cookie, he wants more: automatic
recognition and setup of an external monitor.
For instance, I know that Mac OSX has had this capability for at least 5
years. I could plug in the DPMI connector, wait a few seconds, and
there it was. It even worked with a VGA->DPMI connector. What's
preventing Ubuntu from having this capability?
Currently, my progression is this:
1. I plug in the monitor. (The monitor is aware if this action
as the blue power light changes status.)
2. I click on System->Preferences->Display (on laptop display)
3. It asks "Do you want to use your graphics driver vendor's
tool instead?" I click Yes
4. I then use NVidia's tool to enable this monitor, and place
it "left of" my laptop screen.
5. Finally I click apply, then quit.
I want to execute step 1, and have the rest just happen, according to
default and pre-defined settings. What have y'all figured out in this
$ lspci | grep VGA; dpkg -l "*nvidia-glx*" | grep ii; lsb_release -a
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8400M GS
ii nvidia-glx-180 180.44-0ubuntu1 NVIDIA binary Xorg driver
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.04
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