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External monitor and mouse issues when docking laptop

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http://forums.opensuse.org – I've recently installed 11.2 and find that today docking the laptop for the first time doesn't automatically enable the external monitor. I was expecting the external monitor to be enabled and the laptop screen to be disabled as the lid is closed anyway, i.e. the video to be switched to the external monitor when docked. Conversely, undocking the laptop doesn't switch the screen back to the laptop from the external monitor. Also, when booting the laptop while docked, the external monitor starts up but in the wrong resolution. It comes up in the laptops screens resolution of 1024x768 instead of 1280x1024. The laptop's monitor is also not disabled. The external mouse doesn't work either, well to be more accurate the cursor is invisible. When I try to check the settings in system settings I see the following. Saying permissions aren't correct. How can I fix that? I don't want to have to switch to root each time I dock / undock. (Distributions)