I have a laptop (~5 year old HP compaq nc6400 running Fedora Linux) that I use most of the time as a desktop machine. It is plugged into a docking station with its lid closed and connected through that by DVI cable to a large external LCD display.
For various reasons (login greeter appears on closed display, limited graphics card cannot do 3D to both displays at once) I would like to prevent the laptop's integrated display panel being used by X at all. While docked and on my desk (which is how I use it about 97% of the time) I would like it to simply not use the integrated laptop panel. Booting is not a particular problem, as by default everything is mirrored between the two displays. Also, I don't mind a 'manual' solution, such that I have to undo settings on those rare occasions when I am using the laptop away from my desk.
Once logged in I can configure Gnome so that it only uses the external monitor and the laptop panel is marked "off", however this has no effect on the initial auto-configured state of X and the pre-login greeter display. Surprisingly the laptop does not appear to have a lid sensor, so opening or closing the lid does not appear to trigger any events. I can use
xrandr -display :0 --output LVDS1 --off --output DVI1 --auto on a separate VC before login, but this is still after the fact of X having started and discovered and deciding to use both displays.
I tried configuring Xorg by creating a file
/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/01-turn-off-laptop-display.conf which contains:
Section "Monitor" Identifier "laptop panel" Option "Monitor-LVDS1" "laptop panel" Option "Enable" "no" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "big display" Option "Monitor-DVI1" "big display" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "main" Device "Default" Monitor "big display" EndSection
However that did not have a useful effect. The video card is Intel 945GM:
[dan@khorium ~]$ sudo lspci -v -s 0:2 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller]) Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30ad Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16 Memory at f4600000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K] I/O ports at 4000 [size=8] Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M] Memory at f4680000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K] Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled] Capabilities:  MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit- Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2 Kernel driver in use: i915 Kernel modules: i915 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03) Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30ad Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0 Memory at f4700000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K] Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
The machine has been running various versions of Fedora Linux (x86_64) since about version 10/11). I'm currently trying Fedora 15 beta (which includes Gnome 3), but the problem has existed in previous OS releases.