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Title: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 06, 2019, 12:41:55 AM
Just installed Linux Lite as a dual boot on it's own SSD.  I have three monitors.  The two additional monitors are displayed through USB to VGA adapters (EVGA UV+16).  I can get them configured and working properly, but every time I reboot I lose the settings and start with only one monitor.

I am a Linux NEWB.  Need help - THANKS!
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 06, 2019, 03:00:20 PM
I did find this today while on an endless search for what seems to be a common issue

https://github.com/fberrez/display-daemon

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 07, 2019, 05:04:43 AM
You haven't told us what video card you are using. We can start there.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 07, 2019, 11:27:37 AM
Intel HD Graphics card.

(the one that came with the system)
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 07, 2019, 11:39:51 PM
'Intel' is a bit vague given there are dozens of different models. What is the output in a Terminal of:

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inxi -G
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 08, 2019, 01:12:36 AM
Sorry - this help?

1) This is how it is when I boot up:
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Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1440x900@60.02hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Desktop
           version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.2

And this is how it is when I have the three screens working properly:
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Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1440x900@60.02hz, 1440x900@59.89hz, 1440x900@59.89hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Desktop
           version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.2
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 08, 2019, 02:15:23 AM
You could try the link you posted earlier, but you're going to have to adjust the code in places where your info is specific. Good luck.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 08, 2019, 02:24:36 AM
I don't have a clue how you do that...

This is literally the first time I have used Linux and I am totally lost.  I just ran across that when I was doing one of my many searches.  I don't even really know how to download the files from that link...  :-[

Can't seem to find a "tutorial" that is dumbed down enough for me to follow it. 
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 08, 2019, 02:28:04 AM
Sometimes you have to jump through a few hoops with linux when you have Intel graphics. Eg. If you had 3 identical monitors and an nVidia card that supported 3 or more monitors, there would be zero issues.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 08, 2019, 10:45:07 AM
Yes, I get that.  Just trying to find the right hoops to jump through.  Especially since a $245+ video card is not in the future.

Seems like there has to be a way since I can actually get them to work temporarily. 
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 08, 2019, 06:39:35 PM
Would I maybe be able to use ARandR to fix this?  If it works on Lite, I may have found a way.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 08, 2019, 09:30:35 PM
Would I maybe be able to use ARandR to fix this?  If it works on Lite, I may have found a way.

Wouldn't hurt.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 09, 2019, 12:18:11 PM
Quote
If you had 3 identical monitors and an nVidia card that supported 3 or more monitors, there would be zero issues.

I found a refurbished GeForce GT 730 video card (that is affordable).  Would this be a good way to go to solve my problems?  I have 3 VGA monitors and I can use my original VGA connection, one from the new card, and an EVGA VGA to DVI adapter for the third. 

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/611JUUsCVHL._SX425_.jpg)
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 09, 2019, 09:52:21 PM
Are the VGA monitors identical? See here for multi-monitor support - https://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-730/specifications
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 09, 2019, 10:53:42 PM
There are 2 ACER and one ASUS, all three 1440x900, LCD, 19".

And I actually found a good deal on a new GeForce GT710 2gb card - I can run all three off of it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073GF2CL6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

But I am still looking.  My computer is somewhat old, and I do not game - just for business and personal use.  Running Windows 7.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 10, 2019, 01:48:44 AM
You should be fine with that set up. Let us know how it all turns out. Don't forget to use the nVidia driver after the physical install. Then do your monitor set up with the nVidia Control panel.

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Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 10, 2019, 11:52:36 AM
Will do - THANK YOU for your help.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: lintek on August 16, 2019, 12:35:20 AM
I installed the GT710 card, and bada-bing got the 3 monitors set up NO PROBLEMO.

I appreciate the help.  I wouldn't mark this one SOLVED though - never was able to get the settings to stick with the VGA to USB adapters.  But that's cool.  I am currently enjoying being back to 3 monitors.
Title: Re: Three Monitors - display settings lost on reboot
Post by: Jerry on August 16, 2019, 12:36:37 AM
Awesome :)