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I recently installed Arch Linux (I have used it before), and installed KDE Plasma 5.21.3. I have an external monitor and it is physically higher than my laptop's screen, however, whenever i open settings (Display and Monitor > Display Configuration), it aligns the top edge of the displays together, which makes life very confusing, whenever I try to drag the monitor up, it decides to move the entire window instead of moving the actual screen, which means that I am unable to move the display up. Can someone please point out if this is a bug, or if not, then point out a workaround until it gets fixed, I've heard that something like this is possible using xrandr but not sure exactly how. Any help would be appreciated. I did not have this problem when using Debian, and also in Arch Linux late last year.

Specs:

  • KDE Plasma Version: 5.21.3
  • Qt Version: 5.15.2
  • Kernel Version: 5.11.10-arch1-1
  • OS Type: 64-bit
  • Graphics Platform: Wayland
  • Graphics Processor: Mesa Intel Iris Graphics 540

monitor layout settings

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I usually could solve this (inelegant) problem by first mirroring the displays. After both show the same desktop twice you can "unmirror" them and place the monitors where you need them.

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It was a bug recently causing this, but it is now fixed. Update your Arch Linux system and see. The bug should not be there anymore.

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  • Updated to plasma 5.21.5, the bug still persists :\ ended up switching over to X11 May 9, 2021 at 17:31
  • I am using Arch Linux btw. At least in X11 there is no such bug currently.
    – Ashark
    May 12, 2021 at 18:01

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