Desktop Cube still showing second monitor space after it’s been unplugged

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Linux / Freebsd

So this is an interesting problem that has haunted me for the past week or so.  I was running dual monitors last week which allowed me 12 virtual desktops, one stacked on the other.  This made my desktop cube/hexagon twice as tall which was awesome.. The problem was that when I unplugged the monitor and restarted the desktop space for the second monitor was still there although I cuold no longer access it as the monitor was no longer plugged in.. I could spin the hexagon and see it but there was no accessing it.. Things would get lost up there, it just wasn’t a good time.. I went into my monitor config and my ATI config and both of them reported just one monitor, it was clear that linux knew there was now only one monitor connected, it just didn’t want to remove that additional desktop space.

Today I finally decided to tackle it and it turned out to be easier than I thought.  All you need to do is go into Configure display settings where you can set your resolutions and such, I just changed the resolution and click on apply and it removed that additional desktop space and got me back down to the proper desktop size for one monitor.  Huzzah!

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