Linux on a Fujitsu U810 - External Monitor II

update - 2009.05.07 - please disregard this post and go to the newer and better solution at Linux on a Fujitsu U810 - External Monitor III

This post is a follow up of my previous posts here and here.

As of today, 2009.04.15, ubuntu jaunty 9.04 xorg intel video driver package still does not include the patch that makes external monitor working. I hope next release will include it, since today's latest ubuntu version takes up to 2009.02.28's changes, while our desired patch was included in 2009.03.05 !!

In order to have the external monitor working now, without worries, follow these steps:

1 download this debian package (see note below for details on how I made the package)

2 install the package

as root, execute
# dpkg -i xserver-xorg-video-intel_2.6.1-1ubuntu1zmiq1_i386.deb

(you may see some messages regarding you are downgrading the package's current version, but it doesn't matter as this is a temporary solution)

3 make sure your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file is like

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Option "SDVOBOutput" "VGA-1"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"

SubSection "Display"
Virtual 2048 2048

(note the line Option "SDVOBOutput" "VGA-1")

4 reboot


Since the FN+A keyboard shortcut does not work to switch the external monitor on / off, see this tip to have fast switching between external monitor on/off just pressing the brigthness-up button.

note: you must run step 2 every time you upgrade the video-intel driver module using ubuntu's update manager, since it will install an old unpatched version; you may also unselect the xorg-xserver-video-intel driver package from the packages list, so it doesn't overwrite your hand-installed package

Developer notes

The package posted above does not include any harmful stuff, but of course I'm not responsible of anything, it is provided as it is, blah blah blah...

I created the package downloading the ubuntu xorg intel driver available on 2009.01.23 (xserver-xorg-video-intel_2.6.1-1ubuntu1), and I applied the already available patch at that time.

I tried to do the same today, based on the latest 2.6.3 version and applying the current patch (which is different to the patch I applied to 2.6.1), but I haven't succeed and I don't want to spend more time fiddling since I hope soon ubuntu driver will have the patch included.

The patch available today is not the same as the one I used, but the one I used works anyway!

The steps I followed are:

1. get all code from repositories, as well as latest intel driver code, which already includes the patch

apt-get source xserver-xorg-video-intel
apt-get build-dep xserver-xorg-video-intel
apt-get install devscripts

2. apply the patch
cd xserver-xorg-video-intel-VERSION
(I cannot remember the exact command, something like patch < ....)

3. build the package
dch -l zmiq "Xorg-intel patched for external monitor on u810"
dpkg-buildpackage -b

4. install the created package
now you should have a file named like


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