"Display configure screen settings and layout" window opens automatically every few seconds

Bug #1332931 reported by Philipp Schleifer on 2014-06-22
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xfce4-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I tried Xubuntu 14.04 Live USB Stick on my Dell Vostro 3550.

Every view seconds, a "Display configure screen settings and layout" window pops up and wants to configure my screen layout.

sometimes 2 windows pop up at the same time, sometimes, 4 or even more.

Dell Vostro 3550 has a separate AMD graphic card and a integrated Intel i5-2410M Intel Graphic card that is switchable using AMD FGLRX Driver. But I use only standard X.org driver.

Please see attached screenshot.

This happens on my wife's dell laptop running Xubuntu 14.04 as well. Also with AMD graphics. Quite annoying.

Philipp Schleifer (phs-gmx) wrote :

Good to know that this is not a bug of my computer.

I searched dmesg, /var/log/syslog, X-Server log but could not find any new logentry that could give more information.

What can I do to bring more information?

Joshua Lawson (joshuawlawson) wrote :

This affects my installation of Xubuntu 14.04 as well.

affects: parole (Ubuntu) → xfce4-settings (Ubuntu)

This report may be a duplicate of bug 1319187.

Philipp Schleifer (phs-gmx) wrote :

This is related but not a duplicate!

- I get this windows every couple of seconds - even if I don't press any key.

- I don't have fglrx installed - I use standard x driver.

Should be also related to bug 1264629 (see comment #8 for a possible workaround).

Does the workaround resolve this problem?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in xfce4-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
codeslinger (codeslinger) wrote :

a new instance of xfce4-display is being launched every 5 seconds

an infinite number of instances of xfce4-display are being launched

this makes the computer UNUSABLE

this started happening on my computer after a recent upgrade, prior to that it did not happen.
See bug 1375020 for details (marked as a dup of this one)

The 5 second interval is very consistant, there is some kind of polling activity going on.

For me the fix is to run the 3.13.0-34 kernel, I do not have this problem when I run that kernel or older. I only have this problem when I run a more recent kernel, e.g. the latest update.

Simon Steinbeiß (ochosi) wrote :

Another workaround could be to uncheck "Configure new displays when connected" in the display settings dialog.

PDPCosta (pdpcosta) wrote :

I have a Dell Vostro 3550 and this bug also affects me. The following workaround worked for me: I have removed the shortcut
for 'xfce4-display-settings --minimal' from the "Settings Manager >> Keyboard >> Application Shortcuts".
This solution was inspired by this old discussion: https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=9075

Pasi Lallinaho (knome) on 2015-03-12
summary: "Display configure screen settings and layout" window opens
- automatically every view seconds
+ automatically every few seconds

This was most likely fixed in the Linux kernel at some point.

Closing this report.

Changed in xfce4-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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