cant see dock or top menu bar on start up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bclvr123, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. bclvr123 macrumors newbie

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    I just fired up an older mac g4 for the first time in over a year with a different monitor then I had before. The problem is that when booted up I cant see the dock or the menu bar at the top on the monitor. my finder window opens but I cant open any apps. Or if I do they don't show in the monitor. I have tried several diff monitors, same story. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. surflordca macrumors 6502a

    surflordca

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    What about changing screen resolution :confused:
     
  3. bclvr123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Screen resolution

    I would love to but I cant get to the menu to do that, there in lies my problem.
    I didn't know if there was something I could do at start up? If I open an app, it opens but I cant find it on the desktop.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    This sounds like a monitor detection problem. If you can get to System Preferences somehow, go into Displays and tell it to detect displays. That should fix it.
     
  5. bclvr123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Screen resolution

    Thanks for the suggestions. There is just no way for me to get to any apps right now. I will try restarting or turn off turn on monitor again. On start up it says auto detecting monitor.
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You can access apple menu with keyboard short cut, then hit down arrow 4 times, hit enter to bring up system preferences.
     

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