X, Why Did It Have To Be X

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I have one user. We’ve pretty much all got two monitors, but he insists on rotating both of them vertically – that is, they’re taller than they are wide, and he’s got a Radeon card. I always have X grief on his system when I update it….

I just did a full update. X comes up in both screens… but the left one is *not* rotated, while the right one is. And they’re mirrored. I’ve logged in as root, looked at all the configuration I know of, and nothing tells it to mirror, or one rotate and the other not. But when I use the menu, and go to system->preferences-display, it shows mirror screens
*always* checked. I uncheck that, and hit apply, and nothing happens. I
move the one off from over the other, and rotate the other, and still, nothing at all happens, and I don’t see anything written, anywhere.



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  • Anything enlightening showing up in /var/log/Xorg.0.log? Maybe something explaining why your conf is being ignored?

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  • I tend to use arandr for screens settings. It generates the appropriate xrandr invocation that I call at session login. Unfortunately, that doesnt solved the issue for thing before the session
    (boot sequence and display manager)…

  • Hi,

    Is this C6 or C7?

    If it’s C7 I had the same issue with ignoring nvidia configuration, turns out it wasn’t Xorg at all.

    It was GDM resetting everything when it loaded, switched to LightDM
    problem solved as it was using Xorg configuration again!

    Worth a shot if it’s C7 :-).

    Kind Regards, Jake Shipton (JakeMS)
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  • C6, and yep, that’s probably what’s happening anyway. I went to apologize yesterday morning for having left it that way, and he was fine: *after* he logged in, everything was the correct direction.

    I need to lok at the damn GDM (another reason to dislike gnome).


  • Yeah.. I’m not a fan of gnome either.

    I had XFCE during the lifetime of my C6 Install, and now have XFCE on my C7 install.

    I know XFCE isn’t exactly very “modern” or “hip” “cool” etc. But it does the job, and works for me :). I like it.

    I had issues getting the sort order of my 3 monitors correct, the third monitor would overlap onto the second monitor and the first monitor was detected to be in position 2, so the mouse had to go the other way to reach it.

    (Basically, all wrong)

    I resolved all display issues using the following method on C6:
    1) Install LightDM
    2) Set LightDM as default display manager
    3) Remove any “display” configuration set by Gnome/XFCE.. in case of XFCE remove ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/display.xml

    I’m sure gnome has a similar file around somewhere.
    4) Reboot
    5) Done, you should now be using xorg.conf only.

    Hope this helps :-).

    Kind Regards, Jake Shipton (JakeMS)
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