[ubuntu-uk] Screen resolution problems on dual-monitor setup

James Morrissey morrissey.james1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 10:32:47 UTC 2011

Thanks for all the input. Regarding bug reporting:

    One last thing then, since i had enough memory to run the resolutions
    but the advanced effects were messing up the presentation, is it worth
    filling a bug on this?

>From Jim

I suspect there are already a number of bugs on this, but it is an
issue which is difficult for the open source driver developers to
address, as it can be different on different machines and they
probably don't have access to every machine with ATI graphics. If
you're not happy with the workarounds, do a search for similar bugs on
Launchpad before you decide to file one. I almost always find an
extremely similar one and subscribe to that rather than create a new
one which someone then has to read, understand and maybe mark up as a

>From Colin:

That sounds like a good idea.  Even if it does not get fixed the
workaround will be recorded there for others to find.

>From Liam:

You can do, but multi-monitor support is still a bit rough in a number of OSs.

Given that I couldn't find much on launchpad and as a result of the
specifics of my graphics card and the roughness of multi-monitor
support, i have just posted the solution to the forums.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1821550. Hopefully this will
mean that anyone else with the same issue will pick this up.


On 12 August 2011 11:04, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Aug 11, 2011 9:19 PM, "Colin Law" <clanlaw at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> On 11 August 2011 19:29, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > [...]
>> > For this reason, I position my smaller screen aligned with the top of
>> > my larger screen. That way, under Unity, I get the top panel/menu bar
>> > on both monitors, and there's nothing to "fall off" the bottom -
>> > unlike classic GNOME. Works rather better than classic GNOME, in fact.
>> Once or twice I have accidentally dragged a desktop icon into the off
>> screen area and had to move the screen down to find it again.  In fact
>> the system had a tendency to create icons in the offscreen area at one
>> time, but that has not happened for a while so perhaps the code has
>> been improved.
> I can see that would be highly irritating! I manged it in the GNOME 2 days
> but oddly not since. Sometimes you can lasso a group of icons including
> off-screen ones & drag them all up a bit - agree a few tries, that aforesaid
> worked for me.
> - LP
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