Ubuntu – Ubuntu Detects 2 monitors when I only have one


Ubuntu Detects 2 monitors when I only have 1. This causes an issue when booting up because it's detecting 2 monitors and by default it is mirroring the display; which is causing a distorted picture since it's trying to create a mirror image on 1 display. xrandr output…. The VGA1 is the phantom monitor and I need to remove it so it boots to LVDS1 and NOT mirrored.

Any suggestions on how to permanently remove VGA1?

:~$ xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 8192 x 8192
VGA1 connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
1024x768 60.0
800x600 60.3 56.2
848x480 60.0
640x480 59.9
LVDS1 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
1920x1080 59.6*+
1680x1050 60.0 59.9
1600x1024 60.2
1400x1050 60.0
1280x1024 60.0
1440x900 59.9
1280x960 60.0
1360x768 59.8 60.0
1152x864 60.0
1024x768 60.0
800x600 60.3 56.2
640x480 59.9 

Best Answer

This seems to be an issue with certain motherboards that have an HDMI and a Display Port. I figured out that either my Gateway ZX6800 Touch-Screen is using a certain Laptop motherboard with the on-board Intel HD chipset that supports this or it is seeing the IR Blaster or TV Tuner and driving it as a monitor.

Either way the fix is: Edit /etc/default/grub add "video=VGA-1:d" between the quotes in the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX line update-grub

Look in /sys/class/drm for a list of your computers outputs.Mine was labelled as "card0-VGA-1". Just remove the "card0-" and that's the name of the output in question.