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Month: September 2015

Re: [trinity-users] Missing task bar on a laptop with a "part time" external monitor

From: Michele Calgaro <michele.calgaro@...>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:39:26 +0900
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On 2015/09/29 07:14 PM, Tim WIlliams wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've got another problem after upgrading to Mageia 5/Trinity r14.
> When working for clients on-site, I will usually take my own laptop with me and plugin into an external monitor + 
> keyboard while there. I have a script which automatically detects and extends the desktop to the external monitor
> when I log in. My task bar defaults to the external monitor when present and is shown on the laptop screen when
> there is no external monitor. This has been working perfectly for years.
> However, after my latest upgrade, the taskbar no longer displays on the laptop screen if I boot up after having 
> previously used the external monitor, making my desktop unusable.
> The problem seems to be that the taskbar display is now "fixed" to whichever monitor it was last set to display
> on, regardless of whether that monitor is actually present or not. The external monitor output isn't actually being
> enabled due to a mis-detection, there is no signal output on the monitor port and the desktop has not been extended
> off the visible area of the laptop screen in any way.
> The only solution I have found so far is to plug into an external monitor, enable that monitor with an extended
> desktop using my script (which runs xrandr) and manually drag the taskbar back to the laptop screen. This is OK
> when I have a monitor available, but if I'm out and about with no monitor available, I'm a bit stuck and have to
> use XFCE instead.
> Ideally it would be nice if the prior behaviour was restored, but I'd settle for a simple script run during login
> which can move the taskbar back to the laptop screen every time I login, it's not a big deal to drag back to the
> external monitor after I login.
> Is there any way to achieve this? I'm thinking that either there is a command I can issue which will move the
> taskbar location on demand, or alternatively I could use something (eg sed with a regex?) which re-writes the
> underlying config setting before the task bar starts (where is the config setting?)!
> Thanks in anticipation, Tim Williams
Hi Tim (Williams),
could you open a bug report on bugszilla? This looks like it might be a regression of some sort. I also use two
monitors occasionally and never noticed this problem, but I haven't tried in the last 12 months or so.
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