Second Display Resolution Problem


Hi everyone,
I’m using Ubuntu 16.04.
I’m new to the Ubuntu OS and this may be kind of a rookie question, but I have a problem when ataching my Laptop to my 24” screen.
The second Display cuts off the edges of the screen and I don’t know how to fix it. I had the same issue when using Win 10, but I was able to fix that usign the Intel Graphics Control Panel. Is there a way to fix this problem on Ubuntu?
After running the comand xrandr on the cmd this appears:

Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 3840 x 1080, maximum 32767 x 32767LVDS1 connected primary 1920×1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 382mm x 215mm
1920×1080 60.00*+ 59.93
1680×1050 59.95 59.88
1600×1024 60.17
1400×1050 59.98
1600×900 60.00
1280×1024 60.02
1440×900 59.89
1280×960 60.00
1368×768 60.00
1360×768 59.80 59.96
1152×864 60.00
1280×720 60.00
1024×768 60.00
1024×576 60.00
960×540 60.00
800×600 60.32 56.25
864×486 60.00
640×480 59.94
720×405 60.00
640×360 60.00
DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI1 connected 1920×1080+1920+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 521mm x 293mm
1920×1080 60.00*+ 60.00 50.00 59.94
1920x1080i 60.00 50.00 50.00 59.94
1600×1200 60.00
1680×1050 59.88
1280×1024 75.02 60.02
1440×900 59.90
1280×960 60.00
1152×864 75.00
1280×720 60.00 50.00 59.94
1024×768 75.08 70.07 60.00
832×624 74.55
800×600 72.19 75.00 60.32 56.25
720×576 50.00
720x576i 50.00
720×480 60.00 59.94
720x480i 60.00 59.94
640×480 75.00 72.81 66.67 60.00 59.94
720×400 70.08
HDMI2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VGA1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

It would be great if you could help out! Thank you!

Permission denied error with “resume-trace” debugging procedure


I’ve reported a Launchpad bug about suspend-resume problems, and I’m trying to run the “resume-trace” debugging procedure for finding buggy drivers following the instructions in

Tracing will not work because of this permission denied error

$ sudo sh -c “sync && echo 1 > /sys/power/pm_trace && pm-suspend”
sh: 1: cannot create /sys/power/pm_trace: Permission denied

Haven’t received any help from the launchpad team to my bug report but maybe there’s someone here familiar with Ubuntu who can help?

i3 bar with conky not rendering JSON


I am trying to use conky as i3bar. I managed to get .conkyrc run in the bar and referesh every 2 seconds as i wanted.
But the JSON part is printed out not the result and not rendered correctly. Why would you think this is happening ?
This pastebin link shows my configurations files

I have seen this with conky 1.10
“apt-cache policly conky” will tell what version you are using.
I have remained with version 1.9.0 due to what you are seeing.
See this thread:

Characters not displaying in some apps


This is a problem that has started after updating to 16.04. It happens sporadically – I can’t identify the cause.

Characters are not displayed by certain applications such as Gedit, Tweak, Thunderbird, Nautilus, Inkscape, Gimp . A few characters may be displayed, for example c, K, t but the rest are just spaces. Different applications display different odd characters. The problem affects the window headers, menus etc as well as the content of the window.

Other applications such as Firefox, Libreoffice are only affected in the window heading.

I can partially overcome this problem by running Tweak, choosing the fonts option and changing the text scaling factor either up or down and then characters are displayed properly. However going back to the original scaling results in the original problem. The characters in the window heading are not affected by this font scaling and are still displayed incorrectly.

I use Ubuntu Medium 12 pt and have hinting set as “slight” and anti-aliasing as RGBA.

I can clear the problem by restarting. Is there a better way of overcoming this problem ?. Is it already recorded as a bug ?.

What video card do you use? What driver does that card use?

If not sure run command
sudo lshw -c display in terminal and copy back here the output.
Please use Code-Tags for terminal output. See my signature below for a How-to


I don’t have a video card, the system uses inbuilt Intel graphics.

The lshw output :

description: VGA compatible controller
product: Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
version: 06
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
resources: irq:28 memory:f7800000-f7bfffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:f000(size=64)

This appears relevant :

some people reporting this affects them in 16.04. The i915 driver is up to date according to Intel.

Xorg Fonts Distorted


Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I installed Ubuntu server minimal and xorg, and the fonts have always looked like this. I’ve never seen this before and I don’t know what’s wrong!

Fonts corrupted in 16.04 by adding more fonts.


I added more fonts (ttf type) to my 16.04 system. Now some programs (LibreOffice, some web pages) use one of the new fonts without authorization. Manually picking the correct font only fixes the problem for the current program session. Restarting the program puts the unwanted font back. At least it is consistent about it, picking the same new unwanted font each time. But It is not a very readable font at the scale it gets used.

The only cure I have found is to simply remove the new fonts. But that of course defeats the purpose of having installed the new fonts in the first place.

Here is the procedure I followed to install the new fonts:

01. Create a temporary folder in the Home folder. Call it FontsOfLuke.

02. Put the new fonts into this temporary “FontsOfLuke” folder.

03. Create a folder in the Ubuntu system for the “Fonts Of Luke” fonts to reside.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/Fonts_Of_Luke

04. Copy the font files from the temporary “FontsOfLuke” folder to the Ubuntu system font folder just created (Fonts_Of_Luke).

sudo mv ~/FontsOfLuke/*.* /usr/share/fonts/Fonts_Of_Luke/

05. Reset the font cache.

sudo fc-cache -f -v

06. Delete the temporary “FontsOfLuke” folder.

PS. Isn’t there a decent font manager for 16.04?

Does the annoying font share characteristics with the desired font? Name, class, type, family, or other common attribute that would tell the system to substitute one for the other?

Applications don’t choose fonts at random, and the system does not provide fonts at random. Both simply follow instructions.


The fontconfig program, broadly speaking, controls font selection and use, if a program honors it. (I’m not sure how LibreOffice deals with it.)

Fonts, of course, need to be installed before they can be used. If a program wants to use a specific font that is not available, it may use another font as specified by fontconfig.

Fonts displayed in browsers are determined by the CSS file associated with the page. It’s also common for a font to be downloaded during the page load. Those fonts will be used by the browser no matter what fonts are permanently installed on a system.

Both fontconfig and CSS files establish “sans”, “serif” and “mono” as final fallbacks. These are not fonts, They are accepted conventions that must be mapped to an actual specific font. E.g., “Sans” is very often mapped to Dejavu Sans. A program may have a first preference to use a specific sans-style font. If that is not available, it may try to use another. Eventually, if will fall back to the font mapped to “sans”.

In other words, if you tell a program to use “Sans”, it will generally try to use the first font in the chain of fonts mapped to Sans, falling through to “Sans” when needed.. If you tell it to use, say, “Arial”, it will *generally* use Arial if it’s installed. If Arial is not installed and if fontconfig has mapped Arial to, say, Liberation Sans, then Liberation Sans will be used.

So, it’s possible to install fonts that programs will use without user intervention simply because the programs were previously falling back to other fonts.


Does the annoying font share characteristics with the desired font? Name, class, type, family, or other common attribute that would tell the system to substitute one for the other?

I do not know. How can I check for such similarities or “shared characteristics”?

The problem is now fixed.

The problem was caused by just one of my new fonts having been improperly “named” by it’s designer. It was this font that got substituted for the one’s I really wanted. It was called “Alien League”, under the file name “alien5.ttf”.

I replaced this “alien5.ttf” with a different set of ttf files for Alien Leage that had been properly “named” and it all works fine now.

This solution comes from a web page dealing with the Alien League font applied to OSX. But I guess it really pertains to all unix-ish OS’s. Here is that web page:


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Cinnamon on ubuntu 15.10


Hi all,

I installed Ubuntu 15.10 (no upgrade) and installed Cinnamon 2.8. I have some problems :

1. When I start my sesssion, about 10 seconds after the desktop shows, it turns of, everything is dark, for about 1 second, then everything comes back and works quite normally, This does not happen when I start in “recovery mode”.

2. I cannot shut down the computer from the menu,. Instead I need to close my sesssion, then from the login screen I am able to shut down the computer.

3. I cannot completely reproduce this issue, but sometimes when I close the file manager (nemo), everything on the desktop disappears, Everything comes back if I start Nemo again… quite strange,

My machine is a System76 Galago UltraPro.


evince does not save window size


in 14.04 LTS evince would remember the last window size of a document so that opening the same document got the same window size, same window position, and same text magnification. now in 16.04 LTS it does not and always opens each document in a default size which is is very unusable. this works ok in okular. should i switch to okular?

The general rule is to use the linux tool, that works best for you.

If there is a problem with your favourite tool, please check if there is a bug report about it, and create a bug report if necessary. If you create a thread about it here, others can find the bug report and create ‘heat’ to increase the chances that it will be fixed.


evince is a gnome tool, and the current policy of gnome is to make tools simpler. It may be by intention (not by mistake alias a bug), that the window size is not preserved from the previous time you used it. But anyway, a bug report is the way to communicate with the developers.


It works fine here in 16.04, all .pdf’s re-open to last size/zoom. It’s actually quite difficult to get a pdf to open at the default size once it’s been opened & re-sized.
There doesn’t seem to be 1 file that accounts for this, a bit of a mystery.

I have the rename both .config & .local to .bak to get evince to forget previously opened .pdf size/zoom, ect.
But then renaming either back to normal restores the previous size/zoom. (- go figure that…
So seems to be some interaction between gsettings/dconf & maybe recently-used.xbel?

remote desktop display issues


I’m very new with ubuntu and am trying to set up remote desktop. I got it connecting fine with one glitch what i open up on the remote conn only opens on the screen of the win 10 screen im connecting with and not on the linux nuc im connecting to’s screen.. another issue i have is that i can’t reboot machine from rem desktop.. besides teamviewer are there any other ways to do this ?

Are you trying to access the Ubuntu desktop remotely from a Windows box, or a Windows desktop remotely from your Ubuntu box? I’d recommend VNC. Works well for both ways (although if you are trying to access a Windows Desktop remotely Terminal Services gives better performance and you can use the rdesktop package in Ubuntu to access it.) On the Windows side is a good package that includes both the server (if you want to access a Windows desktop from Ubuntu) and the client (VNCViewer) On Ubuntu I’d use x11vnc for the server and vncviewer for the client.


accessing ubuntu box from win 10 box thank you for the help ill work on this tonight a lil more

[ubuntu-mate] change password broken on login screen


Hello, I am not sure if this is a problem specific for ubuntu-mate or just mate. Whenever my password decides to expire I cannot change it on the login screen.
Once I type my password it says “changing password for vitas” but that is all and there is no way to change the password because no fields to enter new password appear. WTH? I have to switch to text console by ctrl+alt+f1 and change it there. This is pretty bad and quite user unfriendly IMHO :-]

nobody except me noticed this? Interesting…