My primary display isn't working and I'm using a monitor. Unfortunately, Fedora 22 doesn't seem to pick up on this and acts as though I had two displays working simultaneously. As all system settings / the control panel, as well as several programs, launch on the primary display, I cannot get to some of the files I need (eg, Libre Calc), let alone adjust settings.

How can I do this via command line, or through some shortcut?

  • --off did the trick. Thanks. Want to post this as an answer so I can check it? – zadrozny Aug 28 '16 at 18:13
  • If you want to launch terminal and it is not visible, try using super+arrows to move window to other side – kokbira Apr 4 at 13:02
  • You also try disconnecting the problematic monitor and restarting the OS – kokbira Apr 4 at 13:03
  • Same for me occurred when I tried to use Cinnamon on Fedora for first time. Using the "trick" of turning off the problematic monitor, allowed me to start Cinnamon on "good" monitor. Then, I turned on problematic monitor, and it was recognizes. So I turned it the primary monitor again. – kokbira Apr 4 at 13:08

You could try to set your primary display with xrandr. First query your displays by just executing


Then set the primary with e.g.

xrandr --output HDMI1 --primary

Or disable the other display with

xrandr --output eDP1 --off. 

Or you could write a /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.

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