Problem with video output switching
It is not possible, using the FN-F7 key, to switch between the LCD and the external monitor in the following way
LCD --> external Monitor--> both -->LCD
however cloning is possible for the Intel chipsets, see below.
Problems with Intel chipsets
Disabling the internal LCD (e.g. when using an external Monitor) doesn't seem to work reliably.
- For Xorg 7.022 one can clone the LCD display to an external monitor, adding the following lines to the Device section in the xorg.conf file:
Section "Device" Identifier "Generic Video Card" Driver "i810" Option "Clone" "true" Option "MonitorLayout" "CRT,LFP"
however you can not switch between these screens as described above, once you use FN-F7 the cloned display is lost.
- i810switch doesn't have any effect. After disabling the LCD it is still on (but the status display of i810switch claims that is is switched off).
- i855crt works see: http://stefan.desire.ch/howto/x41debian/#graphics for details.
- With ibm-acpi,
# echo lcd_disable >/proc/acpi/ibm/videoworks, but
# echo lcd_enable >/proc/acpi/ibm/videodoesn't work - so one can't enable it anymore after disabling it. (the strange thing is that when switching to a console with the LCD display is used for it, so there must be some way to enable it but I can't find out how to control this in X). I've tried this with version 0.8 and version 0.11 of ibm-acpi.
# echo lcd_disable >/proc/acpi/ibm/videoon my X41 but it corrupts the crt out lets me enable the internal LCD after I disabled it with
Problems with ATI chipsets
- It is a known issue of xorgs radeon driver that doesn't work.
You can force the radeon driver to enable both CRT and LCD using Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS,CRT" in the "Device" section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. The analogous option for fglrx is Option "ForceMonitors" "lvds,crt1"
# radeontool light off and
# radeontool dac off commands will disable the LCD and CRT if they're been enabled before in the X server, but the corresponding
# radeontool light on and
# radeontool dac on will not work if the displays have were not enabled when the X server started. Also note that turing off the CRT using this command will not reduce power consumption, nor allow fglrx to enable power saving modes.
You might try the following: Hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to a console, hit Fn+F7 to switch video, hit Alt+F7 to switch back to X.
Output switching with the Closed-Source ati-driver works: Just use
# aticonfig --query-monitor and e.g.
# aticonfig --enable-monitor...". You can use those two commands in a script, and bind them to
Alternative solution: fglrx 8.28.8 will recognize
# echo enable,0xffff >/proc/acpi/ibm/hotkey. You'll want to have this run both at boot time, and after resume (on my T43, the hotkey mask is reset on resume). For Ubuntu, I've put a script with the command in both the /etc/acpi/resume.d, and /etc/acpi/start.d directories.
Option "BiosHotKeys" "on"
to /etc/xorg.conf. For some reason, this is not the default, and will cause xorg to ignore the BIOS's request to switch modes! This fixes the problem for an X22, with xorg 6.9.0.