Ubuntu – Dual monitors not working with an Nvidia card

11.10multiple-monitorsnvidia

Even my main monitor is shown as unknown. I have tried setting up dual monitors using Nvidia settings with no joy however it does recognize that I have 2 monitors.

This was not an issue in 11.04. My problem with the Nvidia settings appears to be that my 2 monitors require different resolutions but even when I set them to a resolution that they both can handle, it is then only appearing in cloned mode. I really hope someone can help or I will have to roll back to 11.04.

Why won't Ubuntu 11.10 recognize that I have 2 Monitors?

Here is the contents of my xorg.conf:

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 280.13  (buildd@rothera)  Thu Aug 11 17:28:49 UTC 2011

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    # HorizSync source: xconfig, VertRefresh source: xconfig
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "CRT-0"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 83.0
    VertRefresh     50.0 - 76.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "1"
    Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
    Option         "metamodes" "CRT: 1280x1024 +1024+0, DFP: 1024x768 +0+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection"

ok I have tried disper -e. Problem is that Nvidia settings appear to be treating both monitors as the same one. so changing the settings to one has no effect, but change the other and it affects both screens identically.

Results of disper -l as follows:

    carter@carter-desktop:~$ disper -l
display DFP-0: HP vs17
 resolutions: 320x240, 400x300, 416x312, 512x384, 576x432, 680x384, 640x480, 720x450, 640x512, 800x512, 840x525, 800x600, 960x540, 832x624, 960x600, 896x672, 1024x768, 1152x864, 1280x960, 1280x1024
display CRT-0: CRT-0
 resolutions: 320x240, 400x300, 416x312, 512x384, 576x432, 680x384, 640x480, 720x450, 640x512, 800x512, 840x525, 800x600, 960x540, 832x624, 960x600, 896x672, 1024x768, 1152x864, 1360x768, 1280x960, 1440x900, 1280x1024, 1400x1050, 1600x1024, 1680x1050, 1600x1200, 1920x1080, 1920x1200, 1792x1344
carter@carter-desktop:~$ 

Best Answer

I solved this problem a few minutes ago on my system. For me it worked in the following way:

  1. Installed the post-release nvidia-driver. enter image description here
  2. Start the nvidia-settings to configure my dual-screen, there you have to use the TwinView (not the seperate X-Config) and don't forget to choose a primary monitor. The problem I encountered during the config was, that I it only seems to work if I choose the left monitor as primary. To Test you can use the Apply-Button. enter image description here If everything works you can save to X Configuration File.

Here my resulting xorg.conf if you want to read it:

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 280.13  (buildd@rothera)  Thu Aug 11 17:28:49 UTC 2011

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0" EndSection

Section "Files" EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd" EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Samsung SMS22A350H"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 81.0
    VertRefresh     56.0 - 75.0
    Option         "DPMS" EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce GTS 450" EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "1"
    Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-1"
    Option         "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +1920+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection EndSection