Computer monitors (i.e. screens or displays). For system/application monitoring, please use the /monitoring tag.

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Why is video tearing such a problem in Linux?

I've used many variants of Linux(mostly Debian derivatives) for over a decade now. One problem that I haven't seen solved satisfactorily is the issue of horizontal tearing, or Vsync not being ...
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How can I detect when a monitor is plugged in or unplugged?

Is there any event that is triggered when I plug in or out an external monitor into the DisplayPort of my laptop? ACPID and UDEV don't react at all. I'm using onboard graphics on an intel chip. Here ...
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How can I put my HDMI display into (and out of) power save mode?

I am using a Raspberry Pi to run an information display in an office. I want the display in power save mode when outside of business hours. I was going to use cron to execute something at the ...
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How can I simply adjust monitor color temperture in X?

I have a new 27" iMac, on which I run Fedora 15 (with no Apple OS) — just boot straight to Linux. The colors are basically accurate to my eye, but the white point is much higher than I'd like (that ...
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Get monitor make and model and other info in human readable form

I have extracted the shorthand version of the current monitor attached to the computer. Here is an example: vendor "VSC", prod id "18500" In Ubuntu's Monitor Preferences, it is identified as ...
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Monitor connected via displayport to DVI adapter won't sleep properly

I have a monitor connected to my machine that displays odd behavior when entering power saving sleep mode. When entering sleep, the monitor will alternate between blanking and displaying a default ...
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Screen turns on automatically (xset dpms force off)

I am using xset dpms force off to manually turn my screen off to save power. However, it turns back on after some time (20 - 40 seconds). Distro: Ubuntu-Lucid Graphics: Intel 4500 MHD ...
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Using many monitors (4+) in linux

I want to be able to run more than 4 monitors (maybe 6) and it's extremely confusing what's compatible now with the Displayport cards coming out. Right now I have an ATI card that only has 2 HDMI ...
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How to modify the default setting adopted by xrandr when connecting an external monitor?

I am confronted with a problem when connecting the external monitor while the computer is open. At that point it seems that xrandr adopts one of the combinations that do not work. As a workaround to ...
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Can I color-calibrate a Dell U2413 wide-gamut monitor under Linux?

If I get a Dell U2413 wide-gamut monitor to use with Fedora for photography, will I be able to use it properly? I've got a ColorHug, and I see that there's a U2410 ccmx profile; will that get me in a ...
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How do I set default brightness after boot?

Linux Mint 12 (64bit), on an Acer Aspire 7730g. Upon every boot, the screen brightness is set very very low. Easily fixed via the function keys, but still a very annoying thing to do after every boot. ...
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How to measure light?

I've got a Dell Latitude E6410 notebook which changes lcd light intensity in response to ambient light levels, so it has to have some photocell. How can I access the data from this photocell? I tried ...
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How can I swap my two screens, left to right?

I pressed something and accidentally swapped my two screens. My left one is actually considered as the right one, and vice versa. How can I swap them back? Edit - Specifically, I'm using Gnome, ...
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How do dim screen, even if artifically, below the minimum?

My laptop (a Toshiba Sattelite) runs far too bright, even in the ambient light from outside in the day, and I need to be able to dim it below its minimum setting. ~#cat /sys/class/backlight/...
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How can I send power on/off signals to a VGA monitor?

I've used some old spare parts to make a sort-of kiosk for my kitchen. It's running OpenBSD and has a simple text based UI (no X Server). I plan to add an Arduino with a motion sensor that ...
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What display manager/window manager can support multiple monitors with different dpi?

There is no permutation that I have yet found of window manager / display manager, that correctly scales windows and applications on two different monitors with two different DPIs. I have a 40 inch ...
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Debian: very low resolution and an “unknown monitor” problem

Edit: I have installed CrunchBang (or #!, a Debian-based distro), and that seems to have solved all of my resolution problems. I've just installed Debian after using Linux Mint for a few months. ...
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How can I use my TV as a second display over HDMI on Linux at its native resolution?

My TV is a Philips 19PFL4322. It's native resolution is 1440x900 . My laptop's graphics card is a ATI Radeon HD 3650, using the open source radeon driver on X.org server 1.10. If I connect them via ...
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Why is laptop screen called eDP1?

In my new laptop, using i915 and the intel driver of Xorg, the laptop screen is called eDP1 in Randr $ xrandr eDP1 connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 277mm x 156mm ...
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Edid information

I want to gather the Edid information of the monitor. I can get it from the xorg.0.log file when I run X with the -logverbose option. But the problem is that If I switch the monitor (unplug the ...
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Color calibration on Linux Mint

I'm running Linux Mint 9. I installed Argyll and gnome-color-manager but neither of those have a GUI. I need to configure my monitor colors. Right now the white looks a little yellow etc. and I want ...
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X.org radeon driver brightness/contrast adjusting

Is there a way I can adjust contrast/brightness of the card (VGA) output when using the open source xorg radeon driver? I have a monitor that has poor image quality when its tweaked using it's knobs, ...
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How to find the best monitor resolution and put it to work? Fedora

In this question I'm asking how to install a compatible driver to a Fedora machine, but, the main problem is a bad resolution. So, how can I find the best resolution to my monitor and put it to work? ...
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Multiple monitors as cloned desktop windows

I am running Fedora 16 using an Nvidia card with 2 monitors. I have the monitors setup as 2 separate displays (in that I can move a window from monitor to monitor). One monitor is mounted in a ...
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Program similar to xcalib to invert desktop colors

I'm using xcalib to invert colors on my computer at home. I have two monitors at work, and unfortunately the xcalib -i -a inverts only one of them (the one I don't want to invert). I haven't found any ...
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Enable second monitor from shell

So... I have two monitors on my Ubuntu machine. And every time I launch some Windows OpenGL application under Wine it turns off the second monitor. And leaves it turned off when the application exits. ...
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How to turn off screen under Linux/BSD?

How can I turn off my laptops screen from software side? ex.: under Scientific-linux, OpenBSD? Or the best I can do from OS side is just to show a black picture? Are there any solutions?
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Cinnamon 2.0.14 crashing when a second monitor is enabled with NVIDIA drivers (Mint 16)

Here's the set-up: 2x identical GTX460 cards 1x BenQ 144hz monitor (1920x1080) 1x Asus 60hz monitor (1920x1080) I was told to avoid installing the NVIDIA driver myself and use the ppa:xorg-...
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In linux console (no X), how to stretch console screen to fit monitor

Google could not help me with this problem. I hope you guys can. When I boot my computer, the first few screens presented to me by BIOS and boot menu are stretched to fit the LCD screen. Once Linux ...
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Screen brightness always maximum when logoff or restart

I am using Fedora 13 and whenever I Restart or Logoff on my laptop. The screen brightness resets to its maximum value. I am not aware of this problem. Can anyone tell me why this is causing and what ...
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why isn't monitor listed under /dev in linux?

If /dev is suppose to list all the devices that is connected, like usb, hdd, webcam, how come on my ubuntu 15 VM I don't see a monitor? I am running the desktop edition so there should be a monitor. ...
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Screen size in FreeBSD in VirtualBox

I am installing FreeBSD 10.0 on VirtualBox, and I can't figure out how to change the size of my screan, in the virtualbox? The freebsd in the virtualbox treats my screen like it's 1/4th the size of ...
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Split a physical X display into two virtual displays?

I just purchased a TripleHead2Go and configured it using OSX. What this box does is simply take 1-3 multiple external monitors and combine their signal into one single resolution. I'm using two ...
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How do I change my monitor's gamma settings?

How do I change my laptop monitor's gamma settings on Linux Mint 9 (preferably using a GUI interface)?
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Custom Resolution For vt Console in FreeBSD 10

In FreeBSD 10 there is new vt driver for having nice framebuffer console. By default it chooses resolution from the EDID data of monitor. However, I have a display that has incorrect EDID data. ...
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Cannot use highest resolution, xrandr does not list mode (Intel GPU, DP to DVI adapter)

I have a screen capable of 2560x1440. It is connected to my Intel NUC with a DP to DVI adapter. My graphics card Since updated my Arch Linux system last week (not sure what was updated exactly) I can ...
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tell xfce to resize all windows when external monitor unplugged

I wrote a nice little script that changes my monitor outputs according to whether an external monitor is connected or not and whether the laptop lid is open or closed or not and so on. That works ...
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How can I setup a dual-head display in portrait mode? (Arch)

I have two monitors on my desk in portrait orientation. One is plugged in with a DVI cable and the other with a VGA (I don't have two DVI cables available) into my Gigabyte Radeon 7750 HD graphics ...
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Whether monitor is off without appealing to X or /proc

How can I know whether the monitor is on or off if X is not running, and without appealing to /proc/acpi/video? The latter isn't available from my kernel. If X is running it's just a matter of $ ...
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Cannot set up screen panning in Ubuntu with xRandR which states that it cannot find the modes

I am using a Samsung n150 netbook with a 10.1 inch screen and it has a maximum screen resolution of 1024x600. I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and want to enable screen panning for a larger virtual ...
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What is the xcalib -screen number for the HDMI monitor?

I must use a VGA-to-DVI cable and a HDMI cable to run two monitors. I'm trying to invert the colors on both monitors but I can only invert one of them: $ xcalib -invert -alter -s 0 #works $ xcalib ...
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How can I crop a 1920x1200 monitor to 1920x1080?

I have just purchased a 1920x1200 monitor, and have some situations where I want to force the output to the more common 1920x1080. However, I don't want to distort the output, and would prefer a "...
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How do I make the CLI run on dedicated graphics?

I just finished my Gentoo minimal install and the first thing I wonder is why I get no picture. I did have signal on the live CD, so that was pretty odd. I plugged the monitor into the Intel HD ...
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Screen flickers in Fedora 17

Screen flickers every 10 seconds. (I timed with a stopwatch, screen flickers every 10 seconds, 6 times a minute exactly.) I've used Windows and I'm trying to use Linux. I don't know much about Linux. ...
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setpci - Making a script to manually change brightness

I can use something like setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=XX replacing 00:02.0 with your device address (obtained via lspci | grep VGA) and XX with a value between 00 and FF (FF = 100%, 7F = 50%, etc...) to ...
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Detecting monitors on machine over local ssh connection

I need to write a script to check on video related things on machines in the local network, e.g. Is a monitor plugged in? Are the video drivers up to date and appropriate for the hardware? Is Xorg ...
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How can I change screen brightness in debian wheezy that installed in laptop?

My screen is just too bright. How can I adjust screen brightness? So far I tried the following: "Brightness and lock" settings doesn't work. Fn + F6 or F7 doesn't work. This doesn't work. This doesn'...
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How to change GNOME default screen rotation

How do I change the default screen rotation for my gnome desktop? Is there anyway I can change the monitor settings without logging in?
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tty (console): disable monitor

In .xinitrc, I use xrandr --output LVDS1 --off to disable the monitor of my laptop (I always use a projector at school). But, before I log in with xinit, or when I temporary go to the console (...
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Backlight control manjaro linux

I'm new to arch/manjaro. I've installed it onto my sony vaio vpceh1m1e. I cannot change the backlight value. I've solved this before on ubuntu, add this line to the xorg.conf: Option "...