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I am running Fedora 14 on my laptop, and I use it either with or without an external screen.

[nbarraille@barraille ~]$ xrandr | grep " connected "
LVDS1 connected 1280x800+1280+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 304mm x 190mm
VGA1 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 338mm x 270mm

When the VGA screen is plugged in, every time I reboot, the system sets it up so that VGA1 is a clone of LVDS1 and I have to do a:

xrandr --output VGA1 --left-of LVDS1

How can I change it to be the default behavior?

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Assuming you're using Gnome, try using System->Preferences->Monitors. KDE has a similar tool in System Settings->Display.
I don't know if hot-plugging makes any difference, but this tool will save your settings so anytime you reboot it'll use the same settings as last time.

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  • I am using KDE. I did try the System Settings>Display, changed it there and applyed "Set to Defaults" but it doesn't work and everytime I reboot, it resets to "Clone"
    – nbarraille
    Jan 21 '11 at 16:21
  • I think the "Set to Defaults" option reverts any changes you've made. It doesn't create a new default.
    – jonescb
    Jan 21 '11 at 16:23
  • In the menu Save as Default, you have two options: Save as Default and Reset. I assumed that Set as Default should set the current configuration as Default.
    – nbarraille
    Jan 21 '11 at 16:26

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