Gnome - single-display mode is unavailable (two screens)

I have a 60Hz computer monitor and a projector with 24Hz support (Optoma UHD40) — I run the devices at different refresh rates (60 and 24Hz, or specifically 23.98Hz) and I’m only given an option to ‘join’ or ‘mirror’ the displays:

‘join’ has to be selected in order to getting access to refresh rate options implies that the single-display option has been around at least since Gnome 40.4.0:


another screenshot

I don’t have any need to output to several displays at once since I only ever focus on and view one at a time. This configuration may be a major potential source of errors — after some testing it appears that mpv drops frames with 23.976fps content (24p) if both devices aren’t set to run at 60Hz. The --video-sync=display-resample option also appears to suffer from major performance issues, and was mostly fine after disconnecting the monitor.

In short, please show how to set up (“force” if required) a single-display mode in Gnome and speculate why the mode may not be available to me.

Fedora 36, Gnome…

$ cat /usr/share/gnome/gnome-version.xml:


Single mode was removed, display: Remove SINGLE mode (06caebd0) · Commits · GNOME / Settings · GitLab


Under Displays → Select the monitor you don’t want to use and turn it off.

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Is there change that the displays can be toggled (on/off) from the command-line? This would allow creating a hotkey to save same time and effort.

Otherwise getting another “HTPC” system seems more convenient — would help with the limited amount of HDMI/DP ports and I could strain the main system more freely. I may install Windows for HDR support.

The calls are made via dbus, Change scaling/resolution of primary monitor from bash/terminal - #10 by ankursinha

Based on that thread I’m not sure how difficult it would be.

There were also a few projects trying to implement xrandr function for gnome-wayland but I’m not sure how well or if they work. I think gnome-randr was one.