Thursday, August 05, 2010

External Monitor as Primary/Default Display

I recently installed Lucid Lynx on my Dell Inspiron 9400. One niggling annoyance was that the Dell's LCD screen was the primary display, whereas I wanted my external monitor (BenQ T2200D via DVI) to be the primary display.

Ultimately, the solution was simple:
  1. run the NVidia X Server Settings tool (gksudo nvidia-settings)
  2. in the X Server Display Configuration I made sure the Dell's display (Seiko) was disabled
  3. when saving to the X Configuration file, i.e. /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I chose not to merge with existing file
  4. restart X

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