ibook non mirror video

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jadam, May 30, 2003.

  1. jadam macrumors 6502a

    jadam

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    really this is wierd. I just got my ibook back from apple after having that infamous pinstripe problem with the video. Anyways i plugged in another monitor into my ibook and well it was odd, i got dual display on my ibook. I have a factory install of OSX because they replaced my HardDrive, umm this is OS X.1.2 . But its really wierd, theres even an option in my display panel to turn on/off video mirroring.

    maybe i havent been keeping up with mac news, but is this new to anyone other then the hack to get non mirrored video on ibooks?
     
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Yeah that is weird, I hadn't heard that either. I though it was one of the things that seperated the pro and consumer lines. Although it makes perfect sense for a laptop to be able to do this, what with the smaller screen and all.
     
  3. jadam thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    maybe i forgot to mention that its an ibook 16vram 700mhz, the original 16vram ones.
     
  4. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    Does Quartz Extreme work on both displays? It splits the VRAM, so each display has 8MB. There's a way to check, just search for the app "Quartz Extreme Check' on Google or Versiontracker.

    There's also a way to fix it so QE is on with only 8MB of VRAM, search for PCI Extreme.
     
  5. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    This is really weird! I remember there being away to hack the iBooks to enable spanning but it was for OS9, and in your case I doubt someone hacked it. What happens when you press the F7 key? If there is an easy way to get spanning on a an iBook I'm gonna be pretty bummed. I just spent an extra $600 on a 12" PowerBook mainly to have this feature. Maybe they replaced some video component or somehthing with a PowerBook version? Damn. Keep us posted.
     
  6. alset macrumors 65816

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    Check MacOsXHints.com. They have tips on this.

    Dan
     
  7. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    are you guys talking about the open firmware hack for the iBooks? www.macparts.de/ibook ?
    Also when i first plugged my ibook into a display w/o the hack it was a dual display but everytime after that i could not get it to repeat that trick until i did the hack.
     
  8. Pipian macrumors regular

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  9. jadam thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well im running OS X.1.2 anyhoo, but heres the deal, it works under OS9 to, and no i didnt put in the Hack, this laptop just worked like this after i got it back from apple. I can also go beyond 1024x768 on the second display too which is really cool.


    its really cool too because i was watching a movie on the monitor and browsing online on the ibook screen.
     
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  11. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    yeah i do that all the time with the hack enabled. I mirror it to the TV in my room and have it play my family guy shows or episodes of 24...
     
  12. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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    no way!! that's really annoying - i wish my iBook'd do that
     
  13. toughboy macrumors 6502a

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    I dont understand!!

    Well.. maybe thats why I'm a PC user, but I can NOT understand whats weird or odd about this?!..

    Of Course a laptop (even an entry level iBook) should be able to do this, wouldnt it?!?!... If you wont be connect your notebook to an external (bigger) screen, what good is it to have a notebook at home???

    can someone explain where I am wrong??
     
  14. jholzner macrumors 65816

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    It spans...basically giving you use of both monitors instead of just mirroring exaclty what it is on the 12" display.
     
  15. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    if you apply the firmware hack yours can too its really easy... you can resize the external display move its position change the res
     

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