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<SOLVED> Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint12

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I just did a fresh install of Mint 12 on my old system. I have a dual monitor setup with two different sized monitors run from a Biostar 8200 board with Nvidia GeForce graphics. I was able to get it to work just fine in Mint 10. I have the same settings but with the new Nvidia drivers (280 vs. 260). It doesn't work right, because the menus at the top and bottom of the screen (top and bottom bar) do not show up when using both monitors (it works with a single monitor). What is going on. What do I need to do to get the menus to work right? :cry:

My xorg.conf should be below.

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# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 280.13  (buildd@allspice)  Thu Aug 11 20:54:45 UTC 2011

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    Screen      1  "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "DELL E173FP"
    HorizSync       31.0 - 80.0
    VertRefresh     56.0 - 75.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier     "Monitor1"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Samsung SMS23A350H"
    HorizSync       31.0 - 81.0
    VertRefresh     50.0 - 75.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce 8200"
    BusID          "PCI:2:0:0"
    Screen          0
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device1"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce 8200"
    BusID          "PCI:2:0:0"
    Screen          1
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "0"
    Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
    Option         "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen1"
    Device         "Device1"
    Monitor        "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "0"
    Option         "metamodes" "DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
Last edited by lotharjade on Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by lotharjade »

So would this be an issue with the driver, the formatting of the xorg.conf file, or is this a Gnome 3 issue? I have had partial success with Mate, but I really would rather have Gnome 3 running full tilt, and all proper if possible.
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by Nick Payne »

All I can say is that I have exactly the same problem with Mint 12 and nVidia driver - the menus disappear when I enable the second monitor, and reappear if it is disabled again.

The machine is dual boot with Ubuntu 10.04, and with the identical version of the nVidia driver and identical xorg.conf, I have no problem with dual monitors working correctly on 10.04.

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

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This is frustrating. After trying to alter my xorg.conf and setup a number of ways, it is almost like Mint is ignoring the file altogether.

Here is my /.nvidia-settings-rc if anyone can spot something else out of place.

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#
# /home/bigmike/.nvidia-settings-rc
#
# Configuration file for nvidia-settings - the NVIDIA X Server Settings utility
# Generated on Tue Jan 10 09:51:33 2012
#

# ConfigProperties:

RcFileLocale = C
ToolTips = Yes
DisplayStatusBar = Yes
SliderTextEntries = Yes
IncludeDisplayNameInConfigFile = No
ShowQuitDialog = Yes
Timer = PowerMizer_Monitor_(GPU_0),Yes,1000
Timer = Thermal_Monitor_(GPU_0),Yes,1000
Timer = Graphics_Card_(GPU_0),Yes,1000

# Attributes:

0/CursorShadow=0
0/CursorShadowAlpha=64
0/CursorShadowRed=0
0/CursorShadowGreen=0
0/CursorShadowBlue=0
0/CursorShadowXOffset=4
0/CursorShadowYOffset=2
0/SyncToVBlank=0
0/LogAniso=0
0/FSAA=0
0/TextureSharpen=0
0/AllowFlipping=1
0/FSAAAppControlled=1
0/LogAnisoAppControlled=1
0/OpenGLImageSettings=1
0/FSAAAppEnhanced=0
0/RedBrightness=0.000000
0/GreenBrightness=0.000000
0/BlueBrightness=0.000000
0/RedContrast=0.000000
0/GreenContrast=0.000000
0/BlueContrast=0.000000
0/RedGamma=1.000000
0/GreenGamma=1.000000
0/BlueGamma=1.000000
0/DigitalVibrance[CRT-0]=0
0/XVideoTextureBrightness=0
0/XVideoTextureContrast=0
0/XVideoTextureHue=0
0/XVideoTextureSaturation=0
0/XVideoTextureSyncToVBlank=1
0/XVideoSyncToDisplay=1
1/CursorShadow=0
1/CursorShadowAlpha=64
1/CursorShadowRed=0
1/CursorShadowGreen=0
1/CursorShadowBlue=0
1/CursorShadowXOffset=4
1/CursorShadowYOffset=2
1/SyncToVBlank=0
1/LogAniso=0
1/FSAA=0
1/TextureSharpen=0
1/AllowFlipping=1
1/FSAAAppControlled=1
1/LogAnisoAppControlled=1
1/OpenGLImageSettings=1
1/FSAAAppEnhanced=0
1/RedBrightness=0.000000
1/GreenBrightness=0.000000
1/BlueBrightness=0.000000
1/RedContrast=0.000000
1/GreenContrast=0.000000
1/BlueContrast=0.000000
1/RedGamma=1.000000
1/GreenGamma=1.000000
1/BlueGamma=1.000000
1/DigitalVibrance[DFP-0]=0
1/GPUScaling[DFP-0]=131073
1/ColorSpace[DFP-0]=0
1/ColorRange[DFP-0]=0
1/XVideoTextureBrightness=0
1/XVideoTextureContrast=0
1/XVideoTextureHue=0
1/XVideoTextureSaturation=0
1/XVideoTextureSyncToVBlank=1
1/XVideoSyncToDisplay=65536
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by anthill »

As far as I can tell, this is a Gnome 3 issue. Neither Gnome nor Cinnamon work for me when NVidia drivers are configured for 2 separate X screens.

I switched to XFCE, and it works fine, even with one screen rotated (with XRandR in the xorg.conf).

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by lotharjade »

bump

I would rather not have to go to XFCE. I would rather find a solution with this.
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by devenrai »

I just switched from OpenSuse 12.1 to Mint, since I thought that more apps are available (which is true). However, I just run into severe problems with the Nvidia driver.

I have two external monitors, connected to my notebook. I have been using these two external monitors in twinview mode, and Nvidia settings GUI just gets stuck when I try to configure the second monitor:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7386704@N0 ... /lightbox/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7386704@N0 ... /lightbox/.

I also get an error message on the console:

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ERROR: Invalid display device DFP-0 specified on line 46 of configuration file '/home/morpheus/.nvidia-settings-rc' (the currently enabled display devices are DFP-2 on Morpheus:0.0).


ERROR: Invalid display device DFP-0 specified on line 47 of configuration file '/home/morpheus/.nvidia-settings-rc' (the currently enabled display devices are DFP-2 on Morpheus:0.0).


ERROR: Invalid display device DFP-0 specified on line 48 of configuration file '/home/morpheus/.nvidia-settings-rc' (the currently enabled display devices are DFP-2 on Morpheus:0.0).


ERROR: Invalid display device DFP-0 specified on line 49 of configuration file '/home/morpheus/.nvidia-settings-rc' (the currently enabled display devices are DFP-2 on Morpheus:0.0).


ERROR: Invalid display device DFP-0 specified on line 50 of configuration file '/home/morpheus/.nvidia-settings-rc' (the currently enabled display devices are DFP-2 on Morpheus:0.0).


ERROR: The attribute 'XVideoSyncToDisplay' specified on line 56 of configuration file '/home/morpheus/.nvidia-settings-rc' cannot be assigned the value of DFP-0 (the currently enabled display devices are DFP-2
       on Morpheus:0.0).
I ran the nvidia-settings with root privileges, so it is funny that this should happen.

Also, I see that my graphics has fallen back into some sort of 'fallback mode', where it does not pick my favorite window and icon theme, but has gone back to basic gnome 2.

I could run this nvidia thingy without any problems on OpenSuse 12.1.

I also tried upgrading Nvidia driver by manually downloading it, but then it crapped on me, and my display was solid black. After messing around, I had to reinstall the OS :twisted:

Its very frustrating, can anyone help?

Thanks a lot.

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

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@devenrai , what settings do you have on the X Screen tab?
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by lotharjade »

Also, I think the resolution you set is per screen, and not what is needed to cover the whole of three screens. The twinview or whatnot is supposed to handle that internally somehow. (RE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7386704@N0 ... /lightbox/ )
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by devenrai »

Hello @lotharjade,

Here is a collection of screenshots. Hopefully, this will help.

Thanks once again for caring to take out the time!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7386704@N0 ... 327566123/

The last screenshots is what happens when I try to add the second external monitor to twinview. Nvidia-settings freezes. This is irrespective of whether I ran the settings with root privileges.

Thanks.

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by lotharjade »

Devenrai, the only thing I notice that is odd is that there is a jump over a DFP-1 in the images you sent. DFP-0, then DFP-2, and DFP-3. Unfortunately, other than that, I do not know enough to solve your problem.

Is it me, or since the fracturing of Linux Mint 11 (GUi/Window Managers) from the Ubuntu-Gnome3 Unity thing, everyone in the dual/multiple monitor proprietary driver world of Linux Mint has been suffering? Seems a lot of people with Nvidia or ATI drivers have been suffering due to the whole mess that has been made. The drivers have not been kept up to date to prevent or deal with problems of multiple monitors. IMHO from searching forums and whatnot.
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by TGM »

Hello,

I've the same problem with these new releases. I use separate screen nVidia settings since "the dark ages of Linux".
It works well on previous releases. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 with no problems. I tried Ubuntu 11.10 : Rollback. I've the same problem with Mint 12 : rollback too.
I don't have any problems with the latest releases of Open Suse, but I don't like KDE.
Is there any solutions ?

Best regards

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Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Mint 12

Post by devenrai »

Hi!

Yeah. it's been two weeks since I switched from OpenSuse to Mint, and the problems are very persistent. I am planning to switch back to OpenSuse this weekend.

I use their Gnome desktop (which you can choose when you login). It has worked with my dual external monitors.

Ah! For all the hullabullu with Mint.

Cheers

Devendra

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[Solved]Re: Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Min

Post by devenrai »

For the benefit of everyone, I got my stuff to work.

I have an Nvidia NVS 3100M graphics card on my T410 Notebook, and dual external monitors (1920x1200 each). The problems were

(1). Gnome does not load themes correctly: You see the desktop and windows not picking your favorite theme, but some places, like the shortcut bar have the correct icon-theme. This is a known race condition in Linux Mint 12. Somewhere on Linux Mint site they talk about this. The workaround is:

edit: /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop
Change line: Exec=/usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon" to Exec=bash -c "sleep 20;/usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon". You will have to adjust the value of sleep yourself. Too less, and you get nothing, and too late, you also get nothing. I found this on a few sites, but cannot locate them now.

(2). Dual external Monitors dont work.
My nvidia-settings UI would freeze every time I tried to activate the second external monitor. Basically, read the thread here: http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=213799.
I manually changed my xorg.conf file, and things worked :)

Here's my xorg.conf file:

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# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig:  version 280.13  (buildmeister@swio-display-x86-rhel47-03.nvidia.com)  Wed Jul 27 17:15:58 PDT 2011

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 280.13  (buildd@allspice)  Thu Aug 11 20:54:45 UTC 2011

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"

    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "Samsung SyncMaster"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 81.0
    VertRefresh     50.0 - 63.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "NVS 3100M"
    Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
    Option "Coolbits" "1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "1"
    Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-2"
    Option         "metamodes" "DFP-2: nvidia-auto-select +0+0, DFP-3: nvidia-auto-select +1920+0"
    Option         "RandRRotation" "on"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
Hopefully, it helps you. I am no geek in Linux, but if you need any more info from me, drop me a line here.

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Re:<SOLVED> Dual Monitor Nvida setup is missing menus in Min

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Ok, I got this for the most part solved. I had problems with my hard drive and had to do a fresh install again, and somewhere along the way got it all to work. I will list different things I did, although many may not relate to this issue.

First off I have a OCZ Vertex 3 hard drive that has been having lots of issues (doing HD0 out of disk errors and other problems), but found out that drive and my Biostar 8200 motherboard might have been having a fit together. (and may still *dread*) So what I did was this:
  • Updated the BIOS on my Biostar motherboard to a new version that detects hard drives better. (as found on Biostar website)
  • Updated the firmware on my OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, including lowering the SSD temp, and setting the SATA speed to SATA2 (my mother board sets it down to SATA1, because it doesn't recognize its SATA3 top speed). (as found on OCZ website)
  • Formatted my SSD to use a GPT partition table, and manually created two primary partitions. One was ext4 for the "/" location, and one as linux-swap.
  • Entered installer, clicked advanced partitioning, then set both partititions to their respected locations (and formatted the ext4 partition).
  • Proceded with install.
  • Updated the system with all necessary updates.
  • Added this PPA (provides latest Nvidia and Xorg drivers. 295 for nvidia) following the directions at the https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-x-swat/+archive/x-updates site. Click the "Technical Details about this PPA" and "Read about Installing" for more details.
  • Went to "Additional Drivers" and installed "NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current) [Recommended]" drivers. Then when done installing, rebooted as directed.
  • Then I went into nvidia-settings (or NVIDIA X Server Settings) and turned on "TwinView" instead of "Separate X Screen". (I may have rebooted after everything was applied and saved to X configuration File)
  • BOOM! Suddenly everything just works. Previous Linux Mint installs only worked in "Separate X screen" and not "TwinView", but now it was the other way around.
To help others, I will also post my xorg.conf below to help others get their systems right. (wish they would just get this all fixed in the drivers for everyone. seems there is still lots of problems with the nvidia-settings auto setup with regards to the config file)
Also of note, not sure why but at the top of xorg.conf, it lists the version as 280.13. That is not accurate, as the driver I am using is version 295.20. So be aware.

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# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 280.13  (buildd@allspice)  Thu Aug 11 20:54:45 UTC 2011

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Keyboard0"
    Driver         "kbd"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "DELL E173FP"
    HorizSync       31.0 - 80.0
    VertRefresh     56.0 - 75.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce 8200"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "1"
    Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-0"
    Option         "metamodes" "CRT: 1280x1024 +0+56, DFP: 1920x1080 +1280+0"
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
    EndSubSection
EndSection
Have you tried turning it off and on again, then hitting it repeatedly? :/

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