Double Login Screen

Since a recent update, the login screen appears double (on HDMI external monitor). It shows up on the screen as usual, then a 2nd copy of the login screen shows up in the upper-left corner, which looks really odd. After login, the spinning icon also shows double, then the double disappears and I'm on the desktop as normal.

But if laptop goes to the lock screen and I come back, then I have screen clipping problems, where the mouse can extend way outside the screen, making it hard to find my mouse and hard to use the bottom shortcuts bar.


Kernel: 6.4.0-x64v1-xanmod2-2 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.1.1
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-xanmod
root=UUID=58203bda-e2e2-4c32-a006-c91d933cad4e rw rootflags=subvol=@
loglevel=3 quiet intel_iommu=on iommu=pt ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.6 tk: Qt v: 5.15.10 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM
Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Predator PH315-53 v: V1.01
serial: <filter>
Mobo: CML model: QX50_CMS v: V1.01 serial: <filter> UEFI: Insyde v: 1.01
date: 04/27/2020
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 42.6 Wh (100.0%) condition: 42.6/58.8 Wh (72.5%)
volts: 16.4 min: 15.4 model: SMP AP18E7M type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
status: full
Info: model: Intel Core i7-10750H socket: U3E1 bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Comet Lake gen: core 10 level: v3 note: check built: 2020
process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0xA5 (165) stepping: 2
microcode: 0xF6
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 3100 high: 3601 min/max: 800/5000 base/boost: 2574/8300
scaling: driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave volts: 0.7 V
ext-clock: 100 MHz cores: 1: 3600 2: 3600 3: 2600 4: 2600 5: 3600 6: 3601
7: 3600 8: 3600 9: 2600 10: 2600 11: 2600 12: 2600 bogomips: 62399
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
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driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-9.5 process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20
ports: active: none off: eDP-1 empty: HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 00:02.0
chip-ID: 8086:9bc4 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA TU106M [GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile]
vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: nvidia v: 535.54.03
alternate: nvidiafb,nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 530.xx+
status: current (as of 2023-05) arch: Turing code: TUxxx
process: TSMC 12nm FF built: 2018-22 pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
ports: active: none off: HDMI-A-2 empty: DP-1 bus-ID: 01:00.0
chip-ID: 10de:1f15 class-ID: 0300
Device-3: Quanta HD User Facing driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 1-5:3 chip-ID: 0408:a061
class-ID: 0e02
Display: server: X.Org v: 21.1.8 with: Xwayland v: 23.1.2
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nvidia dri: iris
gpu: i915,nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 15360x8640 s-dpi: 96
s-size: 4053x2280mm (159.57x89.76") s-diag: 4650mm (183.08")
Monitor-1: HDMI-A-2 mapped: HDMI-0 note: disabled pos: primary
model: Samsung serial: <filter> built: 2016 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 40
gamma: 1.2 size: 1210x680mm (47.64x26.77") diag: 1168mm (46") ratio: 16:9
modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 640x480
Monitor-2: eDP-1 mapped: eDP-1-1 note: disabled model: AU Optronics 0x82ed
built: 2018 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 142 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x194mm (13.54x7.64")
diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: N/A
API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 535.54.03 renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX
2060/PCIe/SSE2 direct-render: Yes
Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl
bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:06c8 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f9 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Texas Instruments PCM2900B Audio CODEC
driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid type: USB rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-1.3:6 chip-ID: 08bb:29b0 class-ID: 0300
API: ALSA v: k6.4.0-x64v1-xanmod2-2 status: kernel-api with: aoss
type: oss-emulator tools: N/A
Server-1: sndiod v: N/A status: off tools: aucat,midicat,sndioctl
Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.72 status: n/a (root, process) with:
1: pipewire-pulse status: active 2: wireplumber status: active
3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin 4: pw-jack type: plugin
tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH CNVi WiFi vendor: Rivet Networks
driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:06f0 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8169 v: kernel
pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 08:00.0
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IF: enp8s0 state: down mac: <filter>
IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: down mac: <filter>
IF-ID-2: virbr1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 2.0
speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-14:5 chip-ID: 8087:0026
class-ID: e001
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: down
bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes
address: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 3.19 TiB used: 1.29 TiB (40.3%)
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:2 vendor: Western Digital
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serial: <filter> fw-rev: A3J0 temp: 42 C scheme: GPT
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maj-min: 259:5
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used: 480.56 GiB (26.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5
maj-min: 259:5
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 50 (default 100)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.45 GiB used: 67.5 MiB (0.4%)
priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 11.72 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:4
System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0 C pch: 63.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia
temp: 57 C
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Processes: 366 Uptime: 11h 53m wakeups: 1 Memory: available: 15.45 GiB
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tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 13.1.1 alt: 11/12 clang: 15.0.7 Packages:
pm: pacman pkgs: 2131 libs: 560 tools: octopi,pamac,paru pm: appimage
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Garuda (2.6.16-1):
System install date:     2021-11-24
Last full system update: 2023-07-02
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager mkinitcpio
Windows dual boot:       Yes
Failed units:

Please check if this tutorial helps:

It is strange indeed that the issue is occurring only now, of course.
In my opinion it could be an issue due to the recent long-awaited sddm update to release 0.20.
Anyway, just give it a try if you want.
I’ve seen also this similar old (again, strange) sddm issue:

but it’s unsolved…
Actually, a comment from an Arch user links (as solution) to this Arch Wiki article/chapter:


Thanks, I added the script to Xsetup. Unfortunately, the problem remains.

Both internal displays and TV are 1080p. On login, the login page appears with very large text on the internal display, and small in the TV corner.

Also note that if I put only the internal display in /usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup, it still behaves the same displaying double-login on the login screen.

xrandr --output eDP-1-1 --auto --primary

Login screen isn't really a problem. What's more annoying are mouse boundary problems after I leave the computer for a while. I'm not exactly sure when that happens. If I close the TV off and on, it's fine. If I go back to lock screen, turn TV off and on, it's fine.

But if I leave the computer for a while... then the mouse stops being constrained to the lower-left corner, and there are also V-Sync issues when watching videos.

This; combined with the OpenCL problem, make for a very irritating experience right now.

Considering the proposed solution doesn't work, it seems like a different problem that in the GitHub threat?

Anyone seen any further information on this issue? It seems SDDM multi-monitor issues have been lingering for a very long time.

After unplugging the monitor, I realize I have a much bigger problem: the recognition of the internal display went completely bunkers. That's what causes the other issues.

I have a 1080p 144hz display.

Here's the output of xrandr

Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 32767 x 32767
DP-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
eDP-1-1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 194mm
15360x8640    15.83    28.85
7680x4320     15.83    59.99    59.99    59.99
5120x2880     59.99    59.99
4096x2304     59.99    59.98
3840x2160     60.00    60.01    59.98    59.97
3200x1800     59.96    59.94
2880x1620     59.96    59.97
2560x1600     59.99    59.97
2560x1440     59.99    59.99    59.96    59.95
2048x1536     60.00
1920x1440     60.00
1856x1392     60.01
1792x1344     60.01
2048x1152     59.99    59.98    59.90    59.91
1920x1200     59.88    59.95
1920x1080     60.01*   59.97    59.96    59.93
1600x1200     60.00
1680x1050     59.95    59.88
1400x1050     59.98
1600x900      59.99    59.94    59.95    59.82
1280x1024     60.02
1400x900      59.96    59.88
1280x960      60.00
1440x810      60.00    59.97
1368x768      59.88    59.85
1280x800      59.99    59.97    59.81    59.91
1280x720      60.00    59.99    59.86    59.74
1024x768      60.04    60.00
960x720       60.00
928x696       60.05
896x672       60.01
1024x576      59.95    59.96    59.90    59.82
960x600       59.93    60.00
960x540       59.96    59.99    59.63    59.82
800x600       60.00    60.32    56.25
840x525       60.01    59.88
864x486       59.92    59.57
700x525       59.98
800x450       59.95    59.82
640x512       60.02
700x450       59.96    59.88
640x480       60.00    59.94
720x405       59.51    58.99
684x384       59.88    59.85
640x400       59.88    59.98
640x360       59.86    59.83    59.84    59.32
512x384       60.00
512x288       60.00    59.92
480x270       59.63    59.82
400x300       60.32    56.34
432x243       59.92    59.57
320x240       60.05
360x202       59.51    59.13
320x180       59.84    59.32
HDMI-1-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

As you can imagine, it's not behaving optimally. Rebooted with linux-zen kernel. How do I make Garuda come back to its senses regarding the internal display? Smash it a few times? It may be drunk...

I'm starting to think the Intel OpenCL issue may be related to this somehow.

I removed the ALHP packages.

It fixed the Intel OpenCL problem, but the other display problems remain.

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