This was solved with an update that was just pushed.

The problem:

I have an XPS 13 (9360) laptop that has an external monitor plugged in through HDMI using a Dell USB-C adapter. Going to Settings->Displays shows the external monitor but enabling it simply gives it a black screen. I can drag my mouse over to the area that was set for the monitor to display in (e.g.: if the monitor was set up to display to the right of me built-in monitor, my mouse could move off the screen to the right). After a few times of fiddling with the display settings, the external monitor would just disappear from the display settings as if it had been unplugged.

The details:

  • This setup has worked fine on every other distro I have using on this laptop.
  • I have tried setting up the external monitor using Arandr as well, with the same issues.
  • The monitor does work when the resolution is lowered by a lot but that is more of a hacky work around than an actual solution, in my opinion.
  • I have also installed all eOS updates and installed the Intel Microcode drivers.

The hardware:

The begging:

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I really want to continue using eOS but this bug will probably push me back to something else if I can't find a solution.


This was solved with an update that was just pushed.

  • If the issue doesn't exist anymore with the latest update, you may put that as an answer and mark it as accepted Jan 11, 2018 at 14:00
  • I put it as an answer but it won't let me accept my own answer for 48 hours after I have made it. Jan 11, 2018 at 20:33
  • Forgot about the grace period, sorry Jan 12, 2018 at 11:19

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An eOS system update was just pushed and seems to have solved this issue. The monitor now displays with the proper resolution. Setting monitor positions and primary/secondary settings is still really jank but it is possible to work with it until everything is right.

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