I'm using Linux Mint Cinnamon on a macbook (with HiDPI display), the primary monitor looks great but the second one (which is not an HiDPI monitor) is terrible... by using xrandr I forced it to scale 2x:

xrandr --output HDM-1 --scale 2x2

now it looks pretty good, but the pointer is limited to less than an half of the monitor (I can't move it to the right edge). So I tried to specify a panning:

xrandr --output HDM-1 --panning widthXheight

now I can move the cursor correctly, BUT once I defined the panning the primary monitor get mirrored... WTF?? I don't want to mirror the main monitor, but instead to have an extra one... what should I do?

ps. moreover the pointer appears huge on the second monitor


the full commands with related output are:

retrieving monitor info:


which prints:

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 4800 x 1800, maximum 8192 x 8192
eDP-1 connected primary 2880x1800+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 331mm x 207mm
   2880x1800      60.0*+
   1920x1200      59.9  
   1920x1080      60.0  
   1600x1200      59.9  
   1680x1050      60.0  
   1400x1050      60.0  
   1280x1024      59.9  
   1280x960       59.9  
   1152x864       60.0  
   1024x768       59.9  
   800x600        59.9  
   640x480        59.4  
   720x400        59.6  
   640x400        60.0  
   640x350        59.8  
DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-1 connected 1920x1080+2880+278 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 531mm x 299mm
   1920x1080      60.0*+   50.0     59.9  
   1920x1080i     60.1     50.0     60.0  
   1680x1050      59.9  
   1600x900       60.0  
   1280x1024      75.0     60.0  
   1280x800       59.9  
   1152x864       75.0  
   1280x720       60.0     50.0     59.9  
   1440x576i      50.1  
   1024x768       75.1     60.0  
   1440x480i      60.1     60.1  
   832x624        74.6  
   800x600        75.0     60.3  
   720x576        50.0  
   720x480        60.0     59.9  
   640x480        75.0     60.0     59.9  
   720x400        70.1  
VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

apply the scaling+panning to the second monitor:

xrandr --output HDMI-1 --scale 2x2 --panning 1920x1080 --verbose

and this is the output:

screen 0: 6720x2438 1777x644 mm  96.05dpi
crtc 3:    1920x1080   60.0 +2880+278 "HDMI-1"
  • Have you tried specifying everything with an xrandr command? Something like xrandr --output HDM-1 --scale 2x2 --panning widthXheight --output HDM2 [relevant options here]?
    – terdon
    May 18, 2015 at 16:13
  • Yes, Actually I did exactly that
    – daveoncode
    May 18, 2015 at 16:15
  • OK, please edit your question and add that information, showing the exact command you tried and describing how it failed.
    – terdon
    May 18, 2015 at 16:17
  • I've updated the question including full xrander output
    – daveoncode
    May 19, 2015 at 7:21

2 Answers 2


Only scaling and panning wont help. You have to specify the side of your external monitor. Please check my command, i am using external monitor to the right of my native laptop display. I have yoga 2 pro with resolution 3200x1800 and external FHD monitor. In my case i use xrandr panning option:

xrandr --output eDP1 --auto --output HDMI1 --auto --panning 3840x2160+3200+0 --scale 2x2 --right-of eDP1

Basically if your hidpi monitor is AxB pixels and your regular monitor is CxD and you are scaling by [ExF], the commandline for right-of is:

xrandr --output eDP1 --auto --output HDMI1 --auto --panning [C*E]x[D*F]+[A]+0 --scale [E]x[F] --right-of eDP1
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    what is the formula for left-of ?? sorry for repost Jul 20, 2016 at 23:26
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    I think this should work, but there's a bug with it currently. bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg-server/+bug/883319
    – MageWind
    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:26
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    This works, but the mouse pointer on my laptop can disappear into the abyss below it now? Apr 9, 2019 at 6:54
  • (it treats it as one big screen now) Apr 9, 2019 at 7:20
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    @KarlMorrison did you manage to fix your mouse pointer disappearing into the abyss? I'm having the same issue Jul 23, 2019 at 8:24

The original post is old and probably few people concerns about this problem nowadays but i encountered the same problem on debian stretch (xorg-server 1.19) and somehow fixed it. so let me share my procedure.

My displays are main laptop LCD 3820x2160 + external ASUS MB16AC 1920x1080. I called xrandr like:

xrandr --output DP-4 --auto --fb 7680x2160 --output DP-5 --auto --fb 7680x2160 --panning 3840x2160+3840+0 --scale 2x2 --right-of DP-4

but mouse cursor couldn't go out of top-left quarter of external display.

It seems this xorg-server version has bug in constraining mouse cursor as someone has already pointed out. I applied patch to xorg-server package and building it. first, you need to download patch from https://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/xserver/commit/?id=d7297b00444b0e2cd936fbfb08206a575ab8c29d and save it as fixCursorConstraint.patch

apt-get source xorg-server
sudo apt-get build-dep xorg-server
cd xorg-server-1.19.2
patch -p0 < ../fixCursorConstraint.patch
debuild -b -uc -us
dpkg -i ../xserver-xorg-core_1.19.2-1+deb9u5_amd64.deb

and then you need to reboot and execute the xrandr command again.

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