Mint Menu displays incorrectly with 2 monitors

Bug #490516 reported by drewlong on 2009-11-30
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Linux Mint

Bug Description

Helena, Mint menu both versions, intel chip set, main screen 1280x800 second screen 1024x768

With 2 monitors, main and additional to it's right , with the mint menu moved to the right hand side of the main screen the menu displays across both screens rather than detecting the displays edge and folding back into the main display area.

If the either of the Gnome menu's are run they display correctly. The attached should illustrate the problem.

Not a show stopper rather a minor annoyance as this layout is efficient with dual displays.

Husse (husse) wrote :

Thank you
for taking the time to report a bug in Linux Mint
If it's Intel graphics it's a bug with Intel, it's hard to even get dual monitors working

Changed in linuxmint:
status: New → Invalid

Currently running V 4.9.4 and the problem persists.
If I add a standard Gnome or Custom Menu applet they work fine and wrap back into the main display as expected, OOo presenter also works fine.
These three apps dont appear to have a problem with the chipset or driver and I have never had a problem running dual displays could you take another look please. It seams strange that an underliying drive issue would impact Mint but not the other apps.
Thanks Drewlong

Husse (husse) wrote :

You write
It seams strange that an underlying drive issue would impact Mint but not the other apps.
It does but it's never the less well known that a driver issue can have such consequences
The pdf document which I did not look at before, because I had to close a bunch of bug reports we missed last year, does not show mintMenu but some blue fields representing mintMenu which makes it a bit hard to visualize exactly what happens
I think I see that it's only a small portion that is on the wrong display
I'm actually impressed that you got side by side single screen with Intel - I and others fail to fix that - we get just a black screen - stacking vertically is fine, but not horizontal
If you used some trick to get a horizontal single screen could you post the solution in the forum and a link here
How you did it might have something to do with your problem

Changed in linuxmint:
assignee: nobody → Husse (husse)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Invalid → Triaged

Acer TravelMate 2420 laptop, GMA 900 3D graphics

To get dual display working I selected preferences | display, cleared mirror screens then dragged my desired placement as expected. ... Nothing special at all.

I had hoped to find the time to post an "how to" on a vertical monitors only layout. With SUSE I did have this problem, never with Mint or Ubuntu. I can't find the time to put suse down again - would have to wipe Mint - for a step by step tutorial but it amounted to:-
Installing arandr - Just so useful for any dual display work, Gnome or KDE.
After a lot of messing around I figured out the display drivers weren't setting refresh rates correctly even though xrand said they were and this was eating the available memory. I created the appropriate modes including vertical and horizontal refresh rates and then everything worked.

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