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External monitor on Thinkpad X41 running Xubuntu Gutsy

To get my Thinkpad X41 (Intel Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller) to project to an external monitor, I used this very nicely written information. This works great. Specifically:

Project to external monitor:

xrandr --output VGA --auto

Project to external monitor with a specific resolution:

xrandr --output VGA --mode 1280x1024

Turn off projecting to external monitor:

xrandr --output LVDS --auto --output VGA --off

One big virtual screen across both monitors:

xrandr --output VGA --right-of LVDS --mode 1280x1024

I’ll try to bind that to my Thinkpad “Fn+F7” hotkey combination in some way at some point. Currently, those keys do nothing.

2 Responses to “External monitor on Thinkpad X41 running Xubuntu Gutsy”

  1. Pat Says:

    Thank you so much. You don;t know how difficult it has been to find helpful info on this problem, Worked perfectly!

  2. Lars Clausen Says:

    Thank you for this info. This problem persists even onto Lucid and your info works around it.