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I have Ubuntu 10.04 running gnome and two monitors.

I am wondering if a can get a better multi-monitor configuration tool. The one I have, gnome-display-properties, has too many problems, including:

When I swapped my monitors over, the narrower (external) one now on the left. There is a width calculation error, such that I have a virtual monitor the width of the wide-monitor on the narrow-monitor and part of the wide monitor. And a virtual narrow-monitor on the remainder of the wide-monitor. Also the visible mouse pointer does is not aligned with the active spot, an x offset of one monitor width.

I would like, in approximate order of importance:

  • nobugs.
  • to be able to select which is primary monitor.
  • to have multiple configurations.
  • configurations to be automatically selected based on which monitors are attached.
  • configurations to be cycled (reliably) when display mode key is pressed.
  • when a display is deactivated, for windows to migrate to remaining monitors.
  • option to not change display resolution when mirroring, but to use side/top blanking bars to pad out screen.
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If you have an nvidia card, there's an nvidia-settings GUI that helps a lot. There's a lot of fairly clear documentation on how to write your xorg.conf to take advantage of all the nVidia's Xinerama extensions for handling multi-monitors setups.

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no its not got an nvidia. – richard Feb 2 '11 at 21:56
ok, sorry. I'll leave the answer here for future reference. – UncleZeiv Feb 2 '11 at 22:13

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