[GRLUG] desktop not aligned after disconnecting external monitor

Michael Mol mikemol at gmail.com
Thu May 9 14:52:20 EDT 2013

On 05/09/2013 02:43 PM, Eric Beversluis wrote:
> My external monitor to my Lenovo x120e starts up fine (Fedora 17). I
> plug it in, go to system settings, where it has been noticed and just
> switch it to on. It aligns nicely and I can drag stuff easily back and
> forth.
> But I can't seem to find the right path to disconnecting it. I've tried
> turning it off in System Settings before disconnecting, disconnecting
> with it turned on, disconnecting after I've powered down the monitor.
> It always seems to result in the desk icons being skewed way to the
> left, so just the right few columns of icons show. The only way I've
> been able to get the desktop right is to reboot.
> That shouldn't be necessary, should it? 

There's a good chance you can straighten things out using the xrandr
command. Try using that to turn off your external output (i.e. if it's
VGA, it'd be "xrandr --output VGA1 --off". If its' DVI, it'd be "xrandr
--output DVI1 --off"), and to reset your primary display ("xrandr
--output LVDS1 --auto --primary" or some such)

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