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Old 09-10-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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software & monitors


I recently "upgraded" to Ubuntu 12 from 10. Now, I want to go back. I also got my desktop back after some component swaps. Ubuntu 10 does not seem to recognize my dual monitor setup. The monitors are connected & some other disk displayed informatio on both, but Ubuntu 10 only sees one of them. I am doing this from my laptop still dealing with Ubuntu 12. Does 10 have a problem with dual monitors?
 
Old 09-10-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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probably it is only a configuration issue, see here: http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2009/08/...-dual-monitor/
 
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Going back to an older version is probably not a good idea. You ought to make a post here asking how to overcome the problems you are having with 12.4, since it is the latest LTS it ought to be stable and useable.
 
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pan64: I tried that link. My version has it as "Monitors" instead of "Display" in the dropdown, but it is basically the same function, but it doesn't do anything to find the other monitor.

273: Normally, I would agree with that, but my problems with 12 are not minor issues. The way it allows a user to open a program scrolling through those icons at the side is pathetic compared to what I had with 10 which had much more selection & actually had them structured into categories to make them easier to find. Also with 12, my horizontal scroll bars keep disappearing which makes it difficult and often even impractical to use a pretty basic function of having multiple windows open side by side. When I try to work around it, pulling it out on 1 side then in on the other side, the appplication recenters how it wants so I cannot have what I want on the screen without covering up too much of the other window.
 
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So you have issues with Unity? Have you tried KDE, XFCE, LXDE or any other desktop environments?
If you're sticking with Ubuntu they are supposed to be putting out a Gnome version of 12.10 but I don't follow it enough to know whether there will be an option to install it on the LTS version or not (I'm sure somebody will be along to clarify).
 
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I have tried several different distros, some I liked, others I disliked. I'm not particularly fixated on sticking with Ubuntu, but I just don't do well with computers, and don't know how to install software that does not come on the disk with the operating system. The disk I got with Ubuntu 10 had a lot of software, and I just don't feel like buying 4 different magazines to try all the different distros. I am pretty familiar with 10 (well enough to use, not to tweak), and it worked for me until recently. I kept opening up more browsers and applications & ran into problems with it freezing up on me. I had someone do some swaps to get each of us a working computer (he had a use for some of what I had, and had some stuff I could use) so my desktop now has a lot more RAM than my laptop.
 
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There are other problems I have with 12.

There is an issue with how it lists things alphabetically. If you have a list of files or folders, it skips over spaces & special characters and only uses letters. This means that if you deal with a lot of names, and some of them are similar, then they may not be in proper alphabetical order. For example, if you have 2 files or folders with a name like "Harrison, (first name)" and 2 with "Harris, (first name)" then the first initial of a "Harris" determines whether it goes before or after "Harrison" in an alphabetical listing.

Another problem is that the folders do not display how many items there are. I have a lot of folders, and some of my folders have a lot of files. I should be able to see how any are in the folder I am looking at without have to select all.

Also within the folders, there are many times when some information that is completely worthless to me covers up the names of the files or folders at the bottom preventing me from seeing what I actually want to see.
 
  


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