ROG laptop help

Hello Garudians,

I have spent a day trying to enable an external monitor on a new ROG laptop.... i need some help.

I can see the monitor, but i cant get anything to display.

In system settings the monitor is visible.

I found a similar thread here and I think I could have success following that - but I cannot create a new file in the Xorg.conf.d folder -its greyed out

This is the output of xrandr

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╰─λ xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2560 x 1440, maximum 16384 x 16384
eDP connected primary 2560x1440+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 381mm x 214mm
2560x1440    240.00*+  60.00 + 120.00    96.00    72.00    60.00
1920x1200    240.00
1920x1080    240.00
1600x1200    240.00
1680x1050    240.00
1280x1024    240.00
1440x900     240.00
1280x800     240.00
1280x720     240.00
1024x768     240.00
800x600      240.00
640x480      240.00
DisplayPort-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DisplayPort-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DisplayPort-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DisplayPort-3 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DisplayPort-4 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-1-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-1-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP-1-2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-1-0 connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
2560x1440     59.95 + 143.86   120.00
3840x2160     59.94    29.97
1920x1080    164.84   119.88   100.00    60.00    59.94    50.00
1680x1050     59.95
1440x900      59.89
1280x1024     75.02    60.02
1280x720     119.88   100.00    59.94    50.00
1024x768      75.03    70.07    60.00
800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32    56.25
720x576       50.00
720x480       59.94
640x480       75.00    72.81    59.94

And here is the current inxi

╭─[email protected] in ~ took 1s
╰─λ garuda-inxi
Kernel: 6.0.10-zen2-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=16cd540c-8d12-402c-ac97-5bae937a0268 rw [email protected]
ibt=off quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3
resume=UUID=0afd44b9-bcaa-4e95-9336-c5fa7bc4f5a9 loglevel=3 ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.26.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.7 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: ROG Strix G713RW_G713RW v: 1.0
serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: G713RW v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: G713RW.323 date: 10/16/2022
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 92.2 Wh (100.0%) condition: 92.2/90.0 Wh (102.4%)
volts: 17.4 min: 15.9 model: AS3GWAF3KC GA50358 type: Unknown
serial: <filter> status: full
Info: model: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX with Radeon Graphics bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Zen 3+ gen: 4 level: v3 note: check built: 2022 process: TSMC n6 (7nm)
family: 0x19 (25) model-id: 0x44 (68) stepping: 1 microcode: 0xA404102
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB; i-8x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 8x512 KiB
L3: 16 MiB desc: 1x16 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 1506 high: 2062 min/max: 1600/4934 boost: enabled
scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 1433 2: 2062
3: 1600 4: 1600 5: 1272 6: 1600 7: 1363 8: 1550 9: 1555 10: 1546 11: 1600
12: 1370 13: 1268 14: 1297 15: 1385 16: 1600 bogomips: 105396
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: mmio_stale_data status: Not affected
Type: retbleed status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
STIBP: always-on, RSB filling, PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: NVIDIA GA104 [Geforce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU] vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: nvidia v: 525.60.11 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 520.xx+
status: current (as of 2022-10) arch: Ampere code: GAxxx
process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-22 pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:24a0 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: AMD Rembrandt [Radeon 680M] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: amdgpu
v: kernel arch: RDNA-2 code: Navi-2x process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-22
pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1,
DP-2, DP-3, DP-4, DP-5 bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:1681 class-ID: 0300
temp: 54.0 C
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.5
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: amdgpu,nvidia
unloaded: modesetting,nouveau alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa dri: radeonsi
gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 2560x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 677x381mm (26.65x15.00")
s-diag: 777mm (30.58")
Monitor-1: HDMI-1-0 size-res: N/A modes: N/A
Monitor-2: eDP pos: primary res: 2560x1440 hz: 240 dpi: 171
size: 381x214mm (15x8.43") diag: 437mm (17.2") modes: N/A
API: OpenGL v: 4.6 Mesa 22.2.3 renderer: AMD Radeon Graphics (rembrandt
LLVM 14.0.6 DRM 3.48 6.0.10-zen2-1-zen) direct render: Yes
Device-1: NVIDIA GA104 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8
link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:228b class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_pci_acp6x v: kernel
alternate: snd_pci_acp3x,snd_rn_pci_acp3x,snd_pci_acp5x,snd_acp_pci,snd_rpl_pci_acp6x,snd_sof_amd_renoir
pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 05:00.5 chip-ID: 1022:15e2
class-ID: 0480
Device-3: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 05:00.6 chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403
Sound API: ALSA v: k6.0.10-zen2-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-1: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.61 running: yes
Device-1: MEDIATEK vendor: AzureWave driver: mt7921e v: kernel pcie: gen: 2
speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: N/A bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 14c3:7922
class-ID: 0280
IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8125 2.5GbE vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8169 v: kernel
pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: e000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
chip-ID: 10ec:8125 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Device-1: IMC Networks Wireless_Device type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
bus-ID: 1-4:3 chip-ID: 13d3:3568 class-ID: e001 serial: <filter>
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 1011.53 GiB used: 160.25 GiB (15.8%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Micron model: 2450 MTFDKBA1T0TFK
size: 953.87 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s
lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: V5MA010 temp: 38.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: TDK model: LoR TF30 USB 3.0
size: 57.66 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: N/A
serial: <filter> rev: PMAP
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
ID-1: / raw-size: 919.89 GiB size: 919.89 GiB (100.00%)
used: 160.25 GiB (17.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
used: 608 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 919.89 GiB size: 919.89 GiB (100.00%)
used: 160.25 GiB (17.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 919.89 GiB size: 919.89 GiB (100.00%)
used: 160.25 GiB (17.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 919.89 GiB size: 919.89 GiB (100.00%)
used: 160.25 GiB (17.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 33.68 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 maj-min: 259:3
ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 30.62 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 59.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 54.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0
Processes: 365 Uptime: 21m wakeups: 4 Memory: 30.62 GiB
used: 4.73 GiB (15.4%) Init: systemd v: 252 default: graphical
tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.2.0 Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1391
libs: 440 tools: octopi,paru Shell: fish v: 3.5.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.16
running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.23
Garuda (2.6.10-1):
System install date:     2022-11-25
Last full system update: 2022-12-03
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:            rogservice.service

I would appreciate any hints as to the direction to take to solve this would my wife hehehe thankyou!

Where is it greyed out?
You must be root to change things.


To edit files as root simply use sudo nano /path/to/filename :slight_smile:

Or use dolphin, navigate to the desired folder, do a right click, chose “administrator actions → open in file manager”. Then do another right click and create a new text file with the needed name (if it is not already there). Right-click the new file, open it with kate, edit it to your needs and save.

Then close the root instances of dolphin and kate, just to be sure. :wink:

Garuda use micro, btw :grin: , not nano.


Ups, sorry!
I am using nano for about a year now, and I forgot that it is not the default.

ohh man i feel so stupid,,, ofc i remember now....

Guys for clarity, my 2 garuda linux PC's , which was my first venture into Linux, were confiscated by Europol and National police in July and I have been without anything until now :frowning:

And all my Garuda knowledge seems to of evaporated . . . .

Thanks everyone for the quick hints, much love!, I will keep going and try to solve this !

This is how i usually did it on other installs, but that option, new file, in the right click menu of admin seems to be missing when looking via dolphin.

In the root instance of dolphin you don't need to go tho the admin submenu to create a new file. Just do a right-click and create a new file.

oh another doh moment - I wasn't in the right directory -

I was in etc/X11

mmm still greyed out option to create new , in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/

Are you sure that you are running dolhin as root? It works for me:

ok, that activated memory

i need sound or visual to remember stuff

I remember changing this option on other Garuda installs, Dolphin is not set as root by default.

Changed Dolphin to open as root - still doenst work - still greyed out create new file....

Hm. Did you get this warning banner that it is dangerous to run dolphin as root? I am pretty sure that it will work if you run dolphin as root in the way that I described above. If it doesn't work then there may be another issue.

If it really doesn't work just try using a terminal editor. Run it with sudo.

As I have learned earlier this day Garuda uses micro as default editor in the terminal. So try sudo micro /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/filename

Or just create and edit the file in your home folder. Then open a terminal in your home folder and move it to the right place with sudo cp ./filename /path/to/folder/filename. Check if the file is in the destination. If it is, you can delete the file from your home folder.

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So im trying to recreate this to show that its not working as it is for you.

Create file still greyed out.

Using spectacle to take a ss , is not possible with the context menu open - what program did you use to take the screen capture?

This is strange , when I open a SS from Spectacle its opens wine and then tries to display the SS in internet explorer...what the.....

You are on it!!

im getting somewhere

into the blank file now, this is great

thanks again!

I am using ksnip.

Yes, this is strange! But you can change this in the system settings.

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So never used micro only nano till now, know none of the commands and help wasnt much help....

and cant save that file...

cannot save read only buffer

sudo pacman -S nano
Then use nano if it is better for you :slight_smile:

As you can see, my brain is not functioning well at all ....

You're welcome!


Thanks again for the help everyone.

Popped in that config that @petsam did in another thread with same issue and all is now working -time to test out some games !

Im sure my ocd will kick in and find something not performing as it should and I will be back soon :sweat_smile:

I am happy to read that! :+1:

It would be great if you would mark the thread that helped you most as a solution. Maybe it will help someone in the future. Who knows? :slight_smile:

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