xrandr in Ubuntu 9.10

I’ve been using an external monitor with my laptop at work for quite a while. Ubuntu 9.04 did this like I expected:
xrandr --output VGA --mode 1280x1024 --above LVDS
will use my external monitor as an extension and put it virtually on top of my laptop screen, with the panel on top of the virtual desktop. After upgrading to 9.10, this doesn’t work anymore. The first thing is to change VGA and LVDS to VGA1 and LVDS1, but after that, the location of my top panel changed:
Screenshot-Display Preferences
The old setting gives me easy access to my top panel, now if I want to use that panel I need to move my pointer to a very thin band between two physical monitors, which is extremely difficult to do. How stupid is that?

3 thoughts on “xrandr in Ubuntu 9.10

  1. This posting was incomplete… it would have been nice to see where the ‘1’ was located. When I did a ‘dmesg’ and grep’d for LVDS or VGA ( on my ubuntu 9.10 installation) I found “VGA-1” and “LVDS-1”. Clearly not the same thing that the author wrote. Also missing are any comments regarding particular changes made to xorg.conf.

  2. john@n20a:~$ xrandr 
    Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 800, maximum 8192 x 8192
    VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    LVDS1 connected 1280x800+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 260mm x 170mm
       1280x800       60.0*+
       1024x768       60.0  
       800x600        60.3  
       640x480        59.9  
    HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    DP2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    

    BTW, you don’t need to modify xorg.conf to do something like this…

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