Dual-monitor possible with top-bottom screen configuration only

Bug #651994 reported by PhuniX on 2010-09-30
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-control-center

When i work with my netbook 10,1" + VGA monitor, I can get dual-screen only if the two screen are configured one above the other. Don't work if I have one beside the other

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: gnome-control-center 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.33-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic i686
Architecture: i386
CheckboxSubmission: 7896128aeaa1ec33ddf6e56374b61df3
CheckboxSystem: a300a7ac180d90a389f30f78c643d8a1
Date: Thu Sep 30 14:03:56 2010
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-display-properties
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Netbook 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Beta i386 (20100902.1)
SourcePackage: gnome-control-center

PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :
PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :
PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :
Dave Gilbert (ubuntu-treblig) wrote :

  I wonder if this is due to a hardware limitation; some cards can't handle more than 2048 pixels across.

Please provide:

the output of lspci | grep -i vga
the resolution of the two monitors
a copy of your /var/log/Xorg.0.log


PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :


For information, I didn't have this problem with Lucid.

lspci | grep -i vga :

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

monitor VGA : 1280*1024
Netbook : 1024*600

PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :
PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :


For Information, I dont have this problem with a Monitor 15"

Dave Gilbert (ubuntu-treblig) wrote :

right, the reason it works with the 15" is because its resolution is lower and the total doesn't go over the magic 2048 horizontal

You say it worked with Lucid; have you turned on Desktop effects or similar? I'm told that the limit is actual 4096 if a load of acceleration is turned off, and that doesn't work if compiz is on.


PhuniX (xavierouvray) wrote :

You are right, compiz was automatically turned off and i didn't have effect with LUCID and 19" monitor.

But today , I am with 17" monitor in dual screen (I work in many location, so with many different screen !) with marverick deskop, and with or without compiz effect, I have the same problem.

And Unity don't work with compiz !?!

Dave Gilbert (ubuntu-treblig) wrote :

  OK, so I think what you are saying is that on Lucid without compiz you could get >2048 horizontal but on Maverick even without it
it won't let you. FYI Bug 654515 is similar.


affects: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu) → xserver-xorg-video-intel (Ubuntu)
Dave Gilbert (ubuntu-treblig) wrote :

  albert23 on #ubuntu-x has pointed out that your problem may well be bug 619663 - can you attach a /var/log/Xorg.0.log from when it is trying but failing to run with dual head monitor?
We're looking for an error like '(EE) intel(0): Failed to allocate framebuffer. '


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