ibook g4 with external monitor

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mcpix, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    I was thinking of picking up a refurbished ibook g4.

    I was wondering how well it worked with an external monitor without the monitor spanning hack. I'm not going to be playing any games, and I have a 17" CRT, so resolution is not a problem. I just want to know if it works okay or if it feels slow.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    It's not slow, it works great. BUT it is SO much BETTER with the spanning hack as you can change the resolution for a start! I do this an just use the ibook screen for Mail and have everything else on the external.

    Do it! You'll love it!
  3. macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I know the screen spanning hack has been discussed quite a few times on this and other Mac forums. I am still unclear why Apple made the current iBook's screen spanning function off even though you can turn it on via a hack. It's possible Apple arranged iBook in this way to differential it from the PowerBook line. But, that rationale does not make sense as it deliberately restricts iBook's performance (with this feature on, they could have sold iBook more without impacting PowerBook sales).
  4. macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2005

    Worst ever apple strategy....foolish..
    According to them, its an entry level laptop....:mad:

    My cribs won't end :eek:
    I switched to mac in Nov. Everything I liked about apple but this silly junky idea....
  5. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Why would you want to run a 17" CRT without the hack? All you can do is mirror your iBook's display so you be looking at the same thing twice - only in a low resolution on the CRT.

    Get the hack, don't use clamshell mode and it's great. It's made my work a lot easier being able to run two independent displays.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    not if you remove the hack before sending it in for applecare or whatnot by resetting the PRAM.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    The hack is awesome. I have used it for 8 months with no problems at all.

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