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"ghost" screen connected with vga to laptop

asked 2014-01-04 11:08:29 -0500

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updated 2014-01-04 11:12:14 -0500

my fedora 20 thinks there is a second screen connected(via vga) to my laptop, but there really isnt.

[tom@faptop ~]$ xrandr Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2944 x 1080, maximum 8192 x 8192 LVDS1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 194mm 1920x1080
60.0+ 1400x1050 60.0 1280x1024 60.0 1280x960
60.0 1024x768 60.0 800x600 60.3 56.2
640x480 59.9 VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) VGA-1-2 connected 1024x768+1920+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1024x768 60.0
60.3 56.2 848x480 60.0 640x480 59.9 1024x768 (0x63) 65.0MHz h: width 1024 start 1048 end 1184 total 1344 skew 0 clock
48.4KHz v: height 768 start 771 end 777 total 806 clock
60.0Hz 800x600 (0x64) 40.0MHz h: width 800 start 840 end 968 total 1056 skew 0 clock
37.9KHz v: height 600 start 601 end 605 total 628 clock
60.3Hz 800x600 (0x65) 36.0MHz h: width 800 start 824 end 896 total 1024 skew 0 clock
35.2KHz v: height 600 start 601 end 603 total 625 clock

I noticed this first when my workspaces icons were showing an extra space as if i was using dual screens, and when taking a desktop screenshot: (dual screen pic)

when i open up the displays menu, it says "could not get screen information".

any idea of how to fix this?

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answered 2014-01-04 12:33:18 -0500

This command will shut off output to the display:

xrandr --output VGA-1-2 --off

For something more permanent, you could add something like the below example in a xorg.conf snippet. Any .conf file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ will be loaded.

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "VGA-1-2"
    Option "Ignore" "true"
    Option "Enable" "false"

It's been a while since I've had to write xorg.conf stuff, so that might need some improvement. man xorg.conf has all the details.

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thank you, the above helps, but this is more of a work around. But i would prefer to find the cause of this problem and fix that. for now i wont use the xorg fix you gave, untill we maybe find the cause.

muffin gravatar imagemuffin ( 2014-01-04 12:50:40 -0500 )edit

@muffin have you ever managed to solve this issue with a proper fix? EDIT: I asked too soon.. found this:

rando101 gravatar imagerando101 ( 2015-01-13 19:34:46 -0500 )edit

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