I'm trying to set up a second screen on my laptop. I plugged the screen using the VGA port and go to Preferences -> Display.

The screen is correctly detected, but when I try to activate it, an error is raised:

Failure of the configuration application: %s (translated from the French sentence from the screenshot below)

GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.cinnamon.SettingsDaemon was not provided by any .service files

Screenshot of the error

I don't know if it can help:

~$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

I did not find anything on the Internet about this specific setting... Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.

6 Answers 6


I received this error because cinnamon-settings-daemon was not running. You can check if it is running as the following command will list it:

pgrep -fa cinnamon-settings-daemon

If cinnamon-settings-daemon appears in the output of the above command then your issue is different to mine. Otherwise, run it from the terminal as follows:

cinnamon-settings-daemon &

This should enable you to change the screen settings.

Out of interest, cinnamon-settings-daemon wasn't starting on login because of this issue. Doing the following and then running cinnamon-settings-daemon fixed it for me:

rm -f ~/.config/monitors.xml{,.backup}
  • I totally forgot about this post... I resolved my issue two or three weeks later... by upgrading to Linux Mint last version :-) I will never know if this could resolve my issue, sorry. Nov 24, 2015 at 15:18
  • Confirmed this works on a fresh install of Linux Mint 18
    – crypdick
    Dec 5, 2016 at 3:37
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    similar issue on Ubuntu 17.10 and additionally the daemon was renamed. i needed to launch /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/cinnamon-settings-daemon/csd-xrandr in a terminal to make the gui work.
    – mnagel
    Feb 28, 2018 at 13:24
  • Can confirm @mnagel 's solution. I ran this in a terminal and during this time I applied the settings and didn't receive the error anymore.
    – Ed Shway
    May 3, 2020 at 6:35

Old thread but i had exactly the same issue as written. I solved the issue by removing cinnamon-settings-daemon-xrandr.desktop from the .config/autostart and restarting.

rm -f ~/.config/autostart/cinnamon-settings-daemon-xrandr.desktop

Removing ~/.config/monitors.xml did not work in my instance.

Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon (v4.2.4), Kernal 4.15.0-70-generic


I resolved the problem by upgrading to the last version of Linux Mint.

I don't know if the answer of @Homme Zwaagstra would solve the issue, so I prefer to accept my own answer.


I had a similar problem to what Homme Zwaagstra described. The difference, however, was that I had accidentally turned off cinnamon-settings-daemon as a startup application. If you are having this problem you could open up your startup applications manager and make sure that cinnamon-settings-daemon is running on startup.


It has been answered many answers already, its about the cinnamon-settings-daemon not running.

On Linux Mint this deamon is supposed to be automatically started at startup.

Go to Menu > Startup Applications.

Make sure Cinnamon Settings Daemon - xrandr is enabled.

  • Go to home > user > .config > autostart
  • Delete cinnamon-settings-daemon-xrandr.desktop file
  • Reboot or log out required before opening up display preferences again.

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