Multiple Monitors on a Laptop with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
Recent movement of machines around left me with an extra monitor that I could use as an external display with my laptop running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).
From reading numerous websites, I guess that multiple monitor support didn’t improve with 9.10 over 9.04, but I did find a couple of articles that helped me craft a setup that works for me.
The original articles are:
- Karmic dual monitors now assigns second monitor as primary specifically post #3
- Adding universal shortcuts in ubuntu/gnome (view the google cache version)
What I ended up with was a couple of small scripts in my bin directory called ext-on and ext-off:
#!/bin/sh xrandr --output LVDS1 --primary xrandr --output LVDS1 --auto --pos 0x0 --output VGA1 --auto --right-of LVDS1
#!/bin/sh xrandr --output VGA1 --off --output LVDS1 --auto
I then used
gconf-edit to bind those commands to <Super>-2 and <Super>-1 respectively to turn on and off the external monitor.
Hope this helps someone else looking for an easier way to manage a second monitor than having to go into display properties every time you connect to an external monitor.
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