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Title: HDMI monitor not detected by laptop after unplugging and plugging back in
ID: /2017/01/27/HDMI-monitor-not-detected-by-laptop-after-unplugging-and-plugging-back-in
Created: January 27, 2017
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The closest I could find to your problem is this thread ( - Nvidia GTX 950 and TV not seeing signal after input change or power off/on) which references solutions for nVidia 970/980. It would seem your 960 is in between.

The solution proposed there is to reset the monitor to a bad mode and then a good mode using this code:

#Fix TV state when HDMI link is lost.
#By Mario Limonciello <email address hidden>
sleep 10

DISPLAY=:0 xrandr --output $OUTPUT --mode $MODE
sleep 2

I think this script can be improved but wanted to post it in it’s original incarnation.

One of the authors in the link wanted to setup udev to automatically call the script on hot-plug event. I’ve done this for HDMI with this code (hotplugtv) in the past to fix Ubuntu 16.04 pulseaudio 8 bug:


if [[ $(cat /sys/class/drm/card*-HDMI-A-1/status | grep -Ec "^connected") -eq 1 ]]; then
        /bin/sleep 2;
        export PULSE_RUNTIME_PATH="/run/user/1000/pulse/";
        sudo -u rick -E pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:hdmi-stereo;
        export PULSE_RUNTIME_PATH="/run/user/1000/pulse/";
        sudo -u rick -E pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:analog-stereo;

exit 0

You will need to modify the if test with your /sys/class/drm/... directory. Then modify the true side of the if test with your script file that resets hdmi screen. On the false side of the if test simply replace the code with a : (noop) if there is nothing to do when the hdmi device is unplugged.

In order to call this scrip from udev during hot-plug events create the file /etc/udev/rules.d/99-hotplugtv.rules containing:

ACTION=="change", SUBSYSTEM=="drm", ENV{HOTPLUG}=="1", RUN+="/path/to/hotplugtv"

Change /path/to/ to the path where you placed hotplugtv script.

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