Dual Monitor Issues

Hi,

Looking at how nice the UI is, I would be happy to buy the pro version and ditch win 10 for my developer needs. However, like the never ending list of distros I tried, there is always a glitch. Greatly appreciate if anyone can help solve the following, without any major terminal hacks if possible. Am not from the brave bandwagon unfortunately.

  1. Using a Dell G7 (has Nvidia discrete and Intel onboard), usb live cd mode for testing, external viewsonic hdmi is black and only the cursor shows. Windows can be dragged over, but nothing shows.

  2. Switched to a usb c extender. HDMI does not work. (Though VGA works, this is not a possible permanent solution for me.)

  3. Testing setting up the second display on vga, can not see anything to get a status bar on the second monitor. Would be great if could also get tips on how to show application on the status bar where the application is open.

Really sick with win 10, auto update (has broken vbox and vm virtualisation in the latest update), and freezes, but really would be keen to make transition to new os as less a struggle as possible. (Really hate the idea of getting sucked into the mac world, but seems that I’m slowly sliding to it :frowning: )

Many thanks

I do not know what classifies as a major terminal hack, but the terminal truly is a very powerful tool. I do not know of any easy GUI method.
Could you please run

xrandr -q

In terminal and paste the results here?

Wow @Aravisian, that was a very quick reply! Impressed man!
Allow me few minutes to switch to the live cd, and paste the results

Hmm… you are using hybrid Nvidia and Intel. I suspect you won’t get too far on just the LiveCD as that is a bit like a demonstration, the proprietary drivers are not actually installed.
Using the LiveCD without that (On my machine for example), the two monitors will show up and work just fine. But with Nvidia needing to be #modesetting=0, I suspect the Demo Disk will have a chance of not registering the HDMI port.
I could be wrong.

Does the G7 have any Optimus settings in the BIOS?

https://www.dell.com/community/Laptops-General-Read-Only/Intel-HD-Graphics-Does-Not-Recognize-Multiple-Displays/m-p/4590346/highlight/true#M845209

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here comes: xrandr-q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 3840 x 1080, maximum 16384 x 16384
eDP-1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 194mm
1920x1080 60.05*+ 60.01 59.97 59.96 59.93 48.04
1680x1050 59.95 59.88
1600x1024 60.17
1400x1050 59.98
1600x900 59.99 59.94 59.95 59.82
1280x1024 60.02
1440x900 59.89
1400x900 59.96 59.88
1280x960 60.00
1440x810 60.00 59.97
1368x768 59.88 59.85
1360x768 59.80 59.96
1280x800 59.99 59.97 59.81 59.91
1152x864 60.00
1280x720 60.00 59.99 59.86 59.74
1024x768 60.04 60.00
960x720 60.00
928x696 60.05
896x672 60.01
1024x576 59.95 59.96 59.90 59.82
960x600 59.93 60.00
960x540 59.96 59.99 59.63 59.82
800x600 60.00 60.32 56.25
840x525 60.01 59.88
864x486 59.92 59.57
800x512 60.17
700x525 59.98
800x450 59.95 59.82
640x512 60.02
720x450 59.89
700x450 59.96 59.88
640x480 60.00 59.94
720x405 59.51 58.99
684x384 59.88 59.85
680x384 59.80 59.96
640x400 59.88 59.98
576x432 60.06
640x360 59.86 59.83 59.84 59.32
512x384 60.00
512x288 60.00 59.92
480x270 59.63 59.82
400x300 60.32 56.34
432x243 59.92 59.57
320x240 60.05
360x202 59.51 59.13
320x180 59.84 59.32
DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-1-2 connected 1920x1080+1920+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 520mm x 290mm
1920x1080 60.00*+ 59.96 50.00 59.94 59.93
1920x1200 59.95
1920x1080i 60.00 50.00 59.94
1600x1200 65.00 60.00
1680x1050 69.88 59.95 59.88
1600x1024 60.17
1400x1050 74.76 70.00 59.98 59.95
1600x900 59.94 59.95 59.82
1280x1024 75.02 60.02
1440x900 59.89 59.90
1400x900 59.96 59.88
1280x960 60.00
1440x810 59.97
1368x768 59.88 59.85
1360x768 59.80 59.96
1280x800 59.99 59.97 59.81 59.91
1152x864 75.00 75.00 70.00 60.00
1280x720 60.00 59.99 59.86 60.00 50.00 59.94 59.74
1440x576 50.00
1024x768 75.05 60.04 75.03 70.07 60.00
960x720 75.00 60.00
1440x480 60.00 59.94
928x696 75.00 60.05
896x672 75.05 60.01
1024x576 59.95 59.96 59.90 59.82
960x600 59.93 60.00
832x624 74.55
960x540 59.96 59.99 59.63 59.82
800x600 75.00 70.00 65.00 60.00 72.19 75.00 60.32 56.25
840x525 74.96 69.88 60.01 59.88
864x486 59.92 59.57
720x576 50.00
800x512 60.17
700x525 74.76 70.06 59.98
800x450 59.95 59.82
720x480 60.00 59.94
640x512 75.02 60.02
720x450 59.89
700x450 59.96 59.88
640x480 60.00 75.00 72.81 75.00 66.67 60.00 59.94
720x405 59.51 58.99
720x400 70.08
684x384 59.88 59.85
680x384 59.80 59.96
640x400 59.88 59.98
576x432 75.00 75.00 70.00 60.06
640x360 59.86 59.83 59.84 59.32
512x384 75.03 70.07 60.00
512x288 60.00 59.92
416x312 74.66
480x270 59.63 59.82
400x300 72.19 75.12 60.32 56.34
432x243 59.92 59.57
320x240 72.81 75.00 60.05
360x202 59.51 59.13
320x180 59.84 59.32
1920x1080 (0x49) 173.000MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width 1920 start 2048 end 2248 total 2576 skew 0 clock 67.16KHz
v: height 1080 start 1083 end 1088 total 1120 clock 59.96Hz
1920x1080 (0x4a) 138.500MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 1920 start 1968 end 2000 total 2080 skew 0 clock 66.59KHz
v: height 1080 start 1083 end 1088 total 1111 clock 59.93Hz
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v: height 1050 start 1053 end 1059 total 1089 clock 59.95Hz
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h: width 1680 start 1728 end 1760 total 1840 skew 0 clock 64.67KHz
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1600x1024 (0x4e) 103.125MHz +HSync +VSync
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1400x1050 (0x4f) 122.000MHz +HSync +VSync
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v: height 1050 start 1052 end 1064 total 1082 clock 59.98Hz
1600x900 (0x51) 186.500MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
h: width 1600 start 1624 end 1640 total 1680 skew 0 clock 111.01KHz
v: height 900 start 901 end 904 total 926 clock 59.94Hz
1600x900 (0x52) 118.250MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width 1600 start 1696 end 1856 total 2112 skew 0 clock 55.99KHz
v: height 900 start 903 end 908 total 934 clock 59.95Hz
1600x900 (0x53) 97.500MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 1600 start 1648 end 1680 total 1760 skew 0 clock 55.40KHz
v: height 900 start 903 end 908 total 926 clock 59.82Hz
1280x1024 (0x54) 108.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width 1280 start 1328 end 1440 total 1688 skew 0 clock 63.98KHz
v: height 1024 start 1025 end 1028 total 1066 clock 60.02Hz
1440x900 (0x55) 106.500MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width 1440 start 1520 end 1672 total 1904 skew 0 clock 55.93KHz
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1400x900 (0x56) 103.500MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 900 start 903 end 913 total 934 clock 59.96Hz
1400x900 (0x57) 86.500MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 1400 start 1448 end 1480 total 1560 skew 0 clock 55.45KHz
v: height 900 start 903 end 913 total 926 clock 59.88Hz
1280x960 (0x58) 108.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width 1280 start 1376 end 1488 total 1800 skew 0 clock 60.00KHz
v: height 960 start 961 end 964 total 1000 clock 60.00Hz
1440x810 (0x5a) 151.875MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 810 start 811 end 814 total 833 clock 59.97Hz
1368x768 (0x5b) 85.250MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 768 start 771 end 781 total 798 clock 59.88Hz
1368x768 (0x5c) 72.250MHz +HSync -VSync
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v: height 768 start 771 end 781 total 790 clock 59.85Hz
1360x768 (0x5d) 84.750MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 768 start 771 end 781 total 798 clock 59.80Hz
1360x768 (0x5e) 72.000MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 1360 start 1408 end 1440 total 1520 skew 0 clock 47.37KHz
v: height 768 start 771 end 781 total 790 clock 59.96Hz
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v: height 800 start 801 end 804 total 829 clock 59.99Hz
1280x800 (0x60) 134.250MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
h: width 1280 start 1304 end 1320 total 1360 skew 0 clock 98.71KHz
v: height 800 start 801 end 804 total 823 clock 59.97Hz
1280x800 (0x61) 83.500MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 800 start 803 end 809 total 831 clock 59.81Hz
1280x800 (0x62) 71.000MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 1280 start 1328 end 1360 total 1440 skew 0 clock 49.31KHz
v: height 800 start 803 end 809 total 823 clock 59.91Hz
1152x864 (0x63) 81.620MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width 1152 start 1216 end 1336 total 1520 skew 0 clock 53.70KHz
v: height 864 start 865 end 868 total 895 clock 60.00Hz
1280x720 (0x64) 156.125MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
h: width 1280 start 1376 end 1512 total 1744 skew 0 clock 89.52KHz
v: height 720 start 721 end 724 total 746 clock 60.00Hz
1280x720 (0x65) 120.750MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
h: width 1280 start 1304 end 1320 total 1360 skew 0 clock 88.79KHz
v: height 720 start 721 end 724 total 740 clock 59.99Hz
1280x720 (0x66) 74.500MHz -HSync +VSync
h: width 1280 start 1344 end 1472 total 1664 skew 0 clock 44.77KHz
v: height 720 start 723 end 728 total 748 clock 59.86Hz
1280x720 (0x67) 63.750MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 1280 start 1328 end 1360 total 1440 skew 0 clock 44.27KHz
v: height 720 start 723 end 728 total 741 clock 59.74Hz
1024x768 (0x68) 133.475MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
h: width 1024 start 1100 end 1212 total 1400 skew 0 clock 95.34KHz
v: height 768 start 768 end 770 total 794 clock 60.04Hz
1024x768 (0x69) 65.000MHz -HSync -VSync
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v: height 768 start 771 end 777 total 806 clock 60.00Hz
960x720 (0x6a) 117.000MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 720 start 720 end 722 total 750 clock 60.00Hz
928x696 (0x6b) 109.150MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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896x672 (0x6c) 102.400MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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1024x576 (0x6d) 98.500MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 576 start 577 end 580 total 597 clock 59.95Hz
1024x576 (0x6e) 78.375MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 576 start 577 end 580 total 592 clock 59.96Hz
1024x576 (0x6f) 46.500MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 576 start 579 end 584 total 599 clock 59.90Hz
1024x576 (0x70) 42.000MHz +HSync -VSync
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v: height 576 start 579 end 584 total 593 clock 59.82Hz
960x600 (0x71) 96.625MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 600 start 601 end 604 total 622 clock 59.93Hz
960x600 (0x72) 77.000MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 600 start 601 end 604 total 617 clock 60.00Hz
960x540 (0x73) 86.500MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 540 start 541 end 544 total 560 clock 59.96Hz
960x540 (0x74) 69.250MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
h: width 960 start 984 end 1000 total 1040 skew 0 clock 66.59KHz
v: height 540 start 541 end 544 total 555 clock 59.99Hz
960x540 (0x75) 40.750MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 540 start 543 end 548 total 562 clock 59.63Hz
960x540 (0x76) 37.250MHz +HSync -VSync
h: width 960 start 1008 end 1040 total 1120 skew 0 clock 33.26KHz
v: height 540 start 543 end 548 total 556 clock 59.82Hz
800x600 (0x77) 81.000MHz +HSync +VSync DoubleScan
h: width 800 start 832 end 928 total 1080 skew 0 clock 75.00KHz
v: height 600 start 600 end 602 total 625 clock 60.00Hz
800x600 (0x78) 40.000MHz +HSync +VSync
h: width 800 start 840 end 968 total 1056 skew 0 clock 37.88KHz
v: height 600 start 601 end 605 total 628 clock 60.32Hz
800x600 (0x79) 36.000MHz +HSync +VSync
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v: height 600 start 601 end 603 total 625 clock 56.25Hz
840x525 (0x7a) 73.125MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 525 start 526 end 529 total 544 clock 60.01Hz
840x525 (0x7b) 59.500MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 525 start 526 end 529 total 540 clock 59.88Hz
864x486 (0x7c) 32.500MHz -HSync +VSync
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v: height 486 start 489 end 494 total 506 clock 59.92Hz
864x486 (0x7d) 30.500MHz +HSync -VSync
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v: height 486 start 489 end 494 total 500 clock 59.57Hz
800x512 (0x7e) 51.562MHz +HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 512 start 512 end 514 total 515 clock 60.17Hz
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v: height 525 start 526 end 532 total 541 clock 59.98Hz
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v: height 450 start 451 end 454 total 467 clock 59.95Hz
800x450 (0x81) 48.750MHz +HSync -VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 450 start 451 end 454 total 463 clock 59.82Hz
640x512 (0x82) 54.000MHz +HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 512 start 512 end 514 total 533 clock 60.02Hz
720x450 (0x83) 53.250MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 450 start 451 end 454 total 467 clock 59.89Hz
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v: height 450 start 451 end 456 total 467 clock 59.96Hz
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v: height 450 start 451 end 456 total 463 clock 59.88Hz
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720x405 (0x89) 21.750MHz +HSync -VSync
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684x384 (0x8a) 42.625MHz -HSync +VSync DoubleScan
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v: height 384 start 385 end 390 total 399 clock 59.88Hz
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v: height 384 start 385 end 390 total 395 clock 59.85Hz
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Thanks @swarfendor437, nothing in bios of that kind

interestingly the os can “see” the external monitor


looks like an old issue, and seemingly still persists: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1203321/external-monitor-is-black-with-only-cursor-visible-and-responsive-connected-a

Yes, which is part of why I mentioned Proprietary drivers above.

so can i try anything on live cd? or is not possible?

Not easily because a reboot would be necessary for many changes. You would need to try it in persistence.
However, Log out and In may be sufficient for some. To log in, the user is “zorin” and the password is just left blank. In which case, that is a good question. I’d say, Go For it. Why not?

Try

sudo nano /lib/modprobe.d/nvidia-kms.conf

Look for the line:
options nvidia-drm modeset=0
And add a hashtag in front like this
#options nvidia-drm modeset=0

ctrl+x to exit, ‘y’ to save and enter key to finalize
Then log out using the Zorin Menu

Then log in to check effect.

No such file there:
ls -la /lib/modprobe.d/
total 5
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 40 Oct 4 13:11 .
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 80 Sep 8 01:24 …
-rw-r–r-- 1 root root 655 Jul 28 15:46 aliases.conf
-rw-r–r-- 1 root root 1550 Sep 5 05:15 blacklist_linux-hwe-5.4_5.4.0-47-generic.conf
-rw-r–r-- 1 root root 390 Jul 8 18:43 fbdev-blacklist.conf
-rw-r–r-- 1 root root 765 Jan 28 2018 systemd.conf

Hmm… my confidence levels have plummeted :stuck_out_tongue:

Well… If I might be bold… You are looking for a distro to install?
If so why not install Zorin Core as a test- perhaps as Alongside of your current Operating System (If it is Windows, be sure to disable Fast Boot in Windows and Secure Boot in BIOS)?
It sounds tedious… But it is something that would happen anyway. The only difference is that you would end up replacing that install of Zorin with something else, unless you choose to stick with Zorin Core.

haha! dont give up so soon @Aravisian!
Tbh, I am happy to rid of win completely. Just wanna make sure I can get my every day stuff done b4 I can commit. If all goes well, my plan is to buy zorin pro and install on a new ssd

I am rid of win - I do not even use WINE on my daily machine.

You are wise to check everything first. My only point is that the above suggestion may produce more accurate results.

Have a look here:

A lot of good suggestions, but I notice that posts around 117 are worth paying attention to.

Thanks for that article. I’m afraid, I don’t have the intent to go down that long winded route. that article suggests its probably a kernel topic. so looks like tis the end of the road for me.
Appreciate your help

Don’t give up so soon. :wink:
That portion of the Bug Report is outdated.
The kernel it says resolved the issue is now several versions behind us. We are using the 5.4 kernel on Zorin.

Ah ok :slight_smile:
please do ping back if you think of anything else…