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How to set up dual monitors on Xubuntu 12.04

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

I have recently moved my desktop over to Xubuntu 12.04 from Linux Mint (nothing wrong with Mint but I just fancied a change). One of the things I tend to use a lot is a dual monitor setup and this tutorial will show you how I set this up on Xubuntu 12.04.

Open up a terminal and type:


You should get output similar to the following:

chris@xubuntu1204:~$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 64 x 64, current 2876 x 825, maximum 32000 x 32000
VBOX0 connected 1428×768+0+0 0mm x 0mm
1428×768 60.0*+
1024×768 60.0
800×600 60.0
640×480 60.0
VBOX1 connected 1438×825+1438+0 0mm x 0mm
1438×825 60.0*+
1024×768 60.0
800×600 60.0
640×480 60.0

Take a note of the name of both your monitors.  In this case mine are VBOX0 and VBOX1 (I am using Xubuntu within a virtual machine hence the VBOX designation).

Next in your terminal type:

xrandr –output VBOX0 –left-of VBOX1 (replacing VBOX0 and VBOX1 with your own monitors)

You should now have both monitors working however the minute you logout you will lose all configuration settings.  You solve this by going to:

Start (top left) – Settings – Settings Manager – Session and Startup and click on the Application Autostart tab.

Click Add to get the screenshot below.







Enter a name and then in the Command section type the following:

xrandr –output VBOX0 –left-of VBOX1 (replacing VBOX0 and VBOX1 with your own monitors)

Press ok and this should save the settings.  Next time your system restarts it will keep the dual monitor configuration.

About the Author


Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.




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