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Setting up Dual Monitors on XFCE Arch Linux

Another simple guide on Arch Linux setup. I ran into some trouble in setting up dual-monitors in extended mode on my XFCE install so here is how I got it eventually working, hopefully it will save you some time.

Setting up Dual Monitors

So the process isn’t really that hard it’s just pretty poorly documented. To set up dual monitors in Arch Linux your going to need a tool called xrandr, which you should already have installed!

Step 1. Run xrandr -q it will list your displays, in my case my displays are DVI-0 and DVI-1 yours my be different.

Step 2. Test your displays using this command xrandr --output DVI-0 --auto --output DVI-1 --auto --right-of DVI-0

Step 3. The command above can be modified to fit your situation you should get the idea it’s pretty self explanatory.

Step 4. If the command turned out successful all you need to do is open up your “XFCE Settings Manager” and go to “Session and Startup” then click on “Application Autostart” and add the command to your autostart so every-time you boot your displays will adjust.

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mat #

    Nice post. I needed to know how to keep the xrandr settings after logging out and back in 🙂

    October 10, 2012
  2. Harald #

    very helpful post! thanks for sharing

    October 25, 2012
  3. Perfect. It was what I was looking for thank you, Ian

    April 26, 2013
  4. mbovo #

    thanks, its really poor documented out there.

    August 11, 2013
  5. It doest work for me. I have this output. I have two 1920 * 1080 displays. Can you help me ?

    January 14, 2014
  6. sarb #

    Thanks 🙂

    July 30, 2016
  7. kingbeetle66 #

    Great post! Simple and easy, and worked perfectly for me. xrandr recognized my devices as “eDP1” and “DP1”, so I had to change the command to “xrandr –output eDP1 –auto –output DP1 –auto –right-of eDP1”, but that was all I had to change.

    August 9, 2016

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