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shva 10-05-2011 09:38 PM

Dual monitors: one screen is flickering/blank in Ubuntu 11.04
 
Hi everyone,

I set up dual monitors (a 1920x1080 DVI monitor and an old 1024x768 VGA monitor) for Ubuntu 11.04, but one of them is flickering or just blank. However, either of them works fine in a single-monitor configuration. The output of "xrandr -q" is as follows:


Code:

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 16384 x 16384
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-0 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 521mm x 293mm
  1920x1080      60.0*+
  1680x1050      60.0 
  1280x1024      75.0    60.0 
  1440x900      59.9 
  1152x864      75.0 
  1024x768      75.1    70.1    60.0 
  832x624        74.6 
  800x600        72.2    75.0    60.3    56.2 
  640x480        72.8    75.0    66.7    60.0 
  720x400        70.1 
VGA-0 connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
  1024x768      60.0*
  800x600        60.3    56.2 
  848x480        60.0 
  640x480        59.9


And the video card is Radeon HD 6450. Could anyone please help? Thanks.

fukawi1 10-05-2011 11:10 PM

Some cards need you to use certain channels at a time, ie: the DVI and VGA channels may be the same channel, just a different plug.
Thats a poor way of explaining it, but just because the card has 3 outputs (HDMI, DVI, VGA) doesnt necessarily mean all 3 can be used..
Does the 1080 screen connected to the DVI, have a HDMI port on it? perhaps swapping that to HDMI, and trying again, and/or swapping the VGA to DVI (with an adapter)??

I remember having to do that with a NVIDA card a while back, i have 2x19" and 1x24" working on a HD 5770, with xrandr and fedora, but honestly, it worked out of the box with a fedora install. So ive had very little to do with xrandr..

Are you running the latest drivers? perhaps try swapping from the packaged drivers, to the proprietary drivers?

shva 10-06-2011 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fukawi1 (Post 4491266)
Some cards need you to use certain channels at a time, ie: the DVI and VGA channels may be the same channel, just a different plug.
Thats a poor way of explaining it, but just because the card has 3 outputs (HDMI, DVI, VGA) doesnt necessarily mean all 3 can be used..
Does the 1080 screen connected to the DVI, have a HDMI port on it? perhaps swapping that to HDMI, and trying again, and/or swapping the VGA to DVI (with an adapter)??

I remember having to do that with a NVIDA card a while back, i have 2x19" and 1x24" working on a HD 5770, with xrandr and fedora, but honestly, it worked out of the box with a fedora install. So ive had very little to do with xrandr..

Are you running the latest drivers? perhaps try swapping from the packaged drivers, to the proprietary drivers?


I don't have any DVI to VGA or HDMI to VGA cable off my hands, so I may not be able to try that. I tried the proprietary ATI driver, but somehow it just contaminated my system and made things break. Were you saying for your nvidia card, multiple monitors attached to one single video card worked?

fukawi1 10-07-2011 03:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shva (Post 4492030)
Were you saying for your nvidia card, multiple monitors attached to one single video card worked?

Correct, in the case of the old nvidia card, was setup as follows

gpu0 (AGP) Geforce 6200 (i think) - 1 x 19" (vga), 1 x 19" (dvi)
gpu1 (PCI) Geforce 6200 (i think) - 1 x 24" (dvi), 1 x 42" plasma (vga)

This used to take some fiddling to get working, some distro's were easier than others.

in the case of my current Radeon HD 5770
gpu0 (PCIe) HD 5770 - 1 x 19" (DVI), 1 x 24" (HDMI), 1x 19" (DisplayPort, with active DP-DVI adapter)

This worked out of the box with Fedora 14/15.

adamk75 10-07-2011 08:35 AM

shva, HD6xxx support is relatively new in the kernel. A lot of fixes for those GPUs went into the 3.0.* kernel, so you might want to try something newer than the default kernel in Ubuntu 11.04.

wabbalee 10-07-2011 10:58 PM

Hi, uhm.. flickering? I do think, without looking up the specs of your vga card, it being a radeon and my personal experience with them is good, in fact I have set up three screens with an extra pci nvidia for the third screen and set them up as one large desktop. iow i can move from screen to screen with mouse, the task bar stays on the middle screen.

my suggestion would be to see if you are not accidentally sending a to high a refresh rate to these screens, try a conservative 60Hz on all screens, and make sure you are not giving it a too high a resolution as well.

hope this will help somewhat

kind regards
Ron

fukawi1 10-07-2011 11:39 PM

wabbalee,
Quote:

Originally Posted by shva (Post 4491210)
Hi everyone,
However, either of them works fine in a single-monitor configuration.
Code:

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 16384 x 16384
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-0 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 521mm x 293mm
  1920x1080      60.0*+

VGA-0 connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
  1024x768      60.0*


It sounds to me like adamk75, is on the money.

Perhaps try a few live cd's, id suggest FC15 (as it just worked, for me at least), pay attention to the kernel and driver versions, and see if you can copy the config and replicate on the ubuntu install.


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