I am affected by the BUG: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-greeter/+bug/874241
Otherwise, if like me you have a laptop connected to a second monitor of higher resolution, LIGHTDM at the login stage, mirrors the displays in both screens and assign to them a common resolution (1024X768) in my case, instead of extending the desktop (Primary screen with the greeter and secondary with just a logo as mentioned in the Multiple Monitors UX specifications book for 12.04).
Here is my xrandr -q
@L502X:~$ xrandr -q Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1848, maximum 8192 x 8192 LVDS1 connected 1366x768+309+1080 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 193mm 1366x768 60.0*+ 1360x768 59.8 60.0 1024x768 60.0 800x600 60.3 56.2 640x480 59.9 VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) HDMI1 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 510mm x 287mm 1920x1080 60.0*+ 1600x1200 60.0 1680x1050 60.0 1280x1024 60.0 1440x900 59.9 1280x960 60.0 1280x800 59.8 1024x768 60.0 800x600 60.3 56.2 640x480 60.0 DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
I tried to force lightdm to execute some xrandr commands in order to set the right resolution for each monitor and extend the desktop, so I created a simple script named /usr/share/lightdmxrand.sh:
#!/bin/sh xrandr --output HDMI1 --primary --mode 1920x1080 --output LVDS1 --mode 1366x768 --below HDMI1
And told lightdm to run it : /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
[SeatDefaults] greeter-session=unity-greeter user-session=ubuntu greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/numlockx on display-setup-script=/usr/share/lightdmxrandr.sh
restarted lightdm :
sudo restart lightdm
And the unity greeter login screen was correct. Screens with their respective correct resolutions and if I move the mouse to a screen, it gets focus with the login box and panel, while the unfocused screen just displays an Ubuntu Logo (Just as specified in the MM UX spec book). Fantastic!
This workaround works great as long as The external monitor is connected to the laptop.
In the situation where it is not connected, at the login stage, I get :a LOW GRAPHICS MODE ERROR (You're running in low graphics mode, your screen, input devices…did not get detected..). Normal, because
xrandr tries to output to a non connected monitor.
The question here is how should I modify the script in a way that when the external monitor is not connected
xrandr outputs only to the laptop screen and ignores any external monitor.
If (xrandr -q | grep 'HDMI1 connected') != NULL (HDMI1 is connected ) then xrandr --output HDMI1 --primary --mode 1920x1080 --output LVDS1 --mode 1366x768 --below HDMI1 else xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1366x768 (or do nothing - because the resolution of the laptop screen is correct when no external monitor is connected)
Thanks in advance.