Cant enable external monitor

Bug #567052 reported by Sean Tindale on 2010-04-20
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

HP DV3 2139TX Laptop

The fn+f4 combination of keys does not enable a connected external monitor. This used to work in Ubuntu 9.10.

I am using a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04, this has been installed for a few days and has been updated a couple of times.

When I press fn+f4 nothing at all happens, but other fn key combinations do work E.g. fn+f7 and fn+f8 control the screen brightness.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: xorg 1:7.5+5ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-21.32-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-21-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Apr 20 16:54:10 2010
 nvidia-current, 195.36.15, 2.6.32-19-generic, x86_64: installed
 nvidia-current, 195.36.15, 2.6.32-21-generic, x86_64: installed
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Beta amd64 (20100406.1)
MachineType: Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion dv3 Notebook PC
ProcCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-21-generic root=UUID=4ef9a8fc-21ea-49a8-ac43-256f6ae9a15b ro quiet splash
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: xorg
Symptom: display 04/21/2009
dmi.bios.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.bios.version: F.06
dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag 306D
dmi.board.vendor: Compal
dmi.board.version: 22.23
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Compal
dmi.chassis.version: N/A
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnHewlett-Packard:bvrF.06:bd04/21/2009:svnHewlett-Packard:pnHPPaviliondv3NotebookPC:pvrF.06:rvnCompal:rn306D:rvr22.23:cvnCompal:ct10:cvrN/A: HP Pavilion dv3 Notebook PC
dmi.product.version: F.06
dmi.sys.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
glxinfo: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
 distro: Ubuntu
 codename: lucid
 architecture: x86_64
 kernel: 2.6.32-21-generic

Sean Tindale (sean.tindale) wrote :
madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

Thankyou for your bug report.

Could you please follow the instructions at and report the results here?

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
Sean Tindale (sean.tindale) wrote :

Here is what I did

1. killall gnome-settings-daemon gnome-power-manager

2. ev | sed -n 's/^.*state \([0-9].*\), keycode *\([0-9]\+\) *\(.*\), .*$/keycode \2 = \3, state = \1/p'

keycode 33 = (keysym 0x70, p), state = 0x40
keycode 33 = (keysym 0x70, p), state = 0x40
keycode 133 = (keysym 0xffeb, Super_L), state = 0x40

3. gconf-editor

> apps > gnome_settings_daemon > keybinding

This application does not appear to display an entry for the keybinding in question (enable external monitor). What should it be called?

Ive also attached the suggested files.

Does this help?

Sean Tindale (sean.tindale) wrote :
Sean Tindale (sean.tindale) wrote :
Sean Tindale (sean.tindale) wrote :
Sean Tindale (sean.tindale) wrote :
madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

Thanks. I've set the status of this bug back to new so a developer can begin working on it.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → New
David Tombs (dgtombs) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at I have classified this bug as a bug in gnome-settings-daemon.

When reporting bugs in the future please use apport, either via the appropriate application's "Help -> Report a Problem" menu or using 'ubuntu-bug' and the name of the package affected. You can learn more about this functionality at

affects: ubuntu → gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue that you reported is one that should be reproducible with the live environment of the Desktop CD of the development release - Oneiric Ocelot. It would help us greatly if you could test with it so we can work on getting it fixed in the next release of Ubuntu. You can find out more about the development release at . Thanks again and we appreciate your help.

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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