I have dual monitor setup: 27-inch Dell via DisplayPort and 24-inch Iiyama via HDMI. From time to time the Dell monitor via the display port after boot is showing:
and then goes into sleep mode. If I open displays from:
- Start menu
Linux Mint/Ubuntu no signal HDMI/DP
- identify the problem:
- monitors.xml -
- xorg.conf -
- fix the problem
If you have more problems with Linux Mint and displays you can check this article:
- Linux Mint 19 solutions for sound and video problems
- Install latest NVIDIA drivers for Linux Mint 19/Ubuntu 18.04
How to identify the monitor problems
I can see that monitor is recognized and working - but the monitor is not working. Mouse is moving on the not working monitor and also application are "displayed" there. The problem was persistent after reboot.
If I change some settings like change the primary monitor the problem is solved. I can see picture on both monitors.
The monitor is visible from -
Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 4480 x 1440, maximum 32767 x 32767 DVI-D-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) HDMI-0 connected primary 1920x1080+2560+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 527mm x 296mm 1920x1080 60.00*+ 59.94 50.00 60.00 50.04 1680x1050 59.95 1600x1200 60.00 1440x900 59.89 1280x1024 75.02 60.02 1280x960 60.00 1280x720 59.94 50.00 1152x720 60.00 1024x768 75.03 60.00 800x600 75.00 60.32 720x576 50.00 720x480 59.94 640x480 75.00 59.94 59.93 DP-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) DP-2 connected 2560x1440+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 597mm x 336mm 2560x1440 59.95*+ 2048x1080 60.00 24.00 1920x1080 60.00 59.94 50.00 1600x1200 60.00 1280x1024 75.02 60.02 1280x720 60.00 59.94 50.00 1152x864 75.00 1024x768 75.03 60.00 800x600 75.00 60.32 720x576 50.00 720x480 59.94 640x480 75.00 59.94 59.93 DP-3 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
Nothing suspicious in:
If you have similar problems you can check your monitor configuration by:
How to fix the no signal issue
The first time I saw this problem was when I change my monitor - I got the new 27-inch Dell which replaced old Benq connected with DVI. I run the command above and found out that old monitor was present in the configuration but the new one was missing.
In order to solve the problem I've just deleted the file:
This solve the problem and next boot up monitor was working as expected.
Bonus 1: Move mouse courser to problematic monitor
It may sounds weird but best solution seems to be moving the mouse cursor on the monitor which get no signal. Let say you have two monitors:
- M1 - HDMI - working fine
- M2 - DP - no signal after login
Then you need to place the mouse courser on the M2 before loging. Sometimes the mouse will be moved back to M1 but you can move it again to M2 - which seems to be best option in order to keep DP with signal.
Bonus 2: Problem could be related to encryption
If the Linux Mint installation is encrypted this might slow down loading of the settings which can lead to:
- The monitor report no signal
- Linux Mint show that signal is sent
In this case I've notice that best is to wait few seconds after the unlock of the encrypted volume and before entering the Linux Mint password. This ensures that setup and drivers are loaded and working fine.
Note: I've notice similar behavior for program RedShift - the program needs some time before to start working normally - something like 1 minute delay.