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Pillars of Eternity & wrong screen on multi-monitor setup
Ahoy there!

Recently I got myself a second monitor. Some games, for example Pillars of Eternity and Shadowrun Dragonfall, always start only on the leftmost monitor, which is not my primary monitor and not the monitor I game on. Unfortunately, unlike other Unity games, there's also no possibility (I have found yet) to configure the screen the games should fire up on.

Has anyone here managed to start either of these games on a multi-monitor setup on the primary/right monitor instead of the leftmost one?

Of course, I could always start these games in windowed instead of full screen mode and move the window to the correct screen. But I don't consider that as neither practicable, nor as a proper fix.

My setup: secondary monitor left (position 0, 0) via DVI, primary (gaming) monitor right (position 1920, 0) via DisplayPort.


My System Info

Linux Distribution: Arch Linux (Kernel 5.13)
Desktop Environment: Xfce 4.16
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX570 8GB
GPU Driver Version: amdgpu 21.0

Last edited by Plintslîcho on 15 August 2021 at 4:20 pm UTC
whizse 18 Aug
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Yeah, that's a problem that comes up from time to time. Some previous discussions here and here if you're interested.

I think the best suggestion is still to use devilspie2 with a config for each game. There's a an example of such a configuration here.

HTH!
What I have done to help with these issues was go into the keyboard shortcuts option and add shortcuts to move the app to another monitor. So for instance my issue was usually a game starting on my right monitor instead of my left and now I just press Shift + left arrow to move it to my left monitor. I am non Mate so for me it is under Control Center>Keyboard Shortcuts, i'm not sure which DE you use but there is probably something similar.
whizse 20 Aug
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Quoting: PublicNuisanceI am non Mate so for me it is under Control Center>Keyboard Shortcuts, i'm not sure which DE you use but there is probably something similar.
That's clever!

On GNOME this seems to be set to Shift+Super+(Left, Right, Up, Down)
Cyril 21 Aug
Quoting: PublicNuisanceWhat I have done to help with these issues was go into the keyboard shortcuts option and add shortcuts to move the app to another monitor. So for instance my issue was usually a game starting on my right monitor instead of my left and now I just press Shift + left arrow to move it to my left monitor. I am non Mate so for me it is under Control Center>Keyboard Shortcuts, i'm not sure which DE you use but there is probably something similar.

Does it work when the game is fullscreen too? If yes that's great!
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: PublicNuisanceWhat I have done to help with these issues was go into the keyboard shortcuts option and add shortcuts to move the app to another monitor. So for instance my issue was usually a game starting on my right monitor instead of my left and now I just press Shift + left arrow to move it to my left monitor. I am non Mate so for me it is under Control Center>Keyboard Shortcuts, i'm not sure which DE you use but there is probably something similar.

Does it work when the game is fullscreen too? If yes that's great!

I just installed POE to test this and it works even when fullscreen on my system.
Thanks for your help guys.

For the time being, dragging and dropping the game's window is the best solution for me, personally.

Thanks PublicNuisance for the idea of keyboard shortcuts. Xfce4 doesn't provide shortcuts to move windows between monitors. But I'll keep your idea in mind in case I change to a different desktop environment in the future.
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