Laptop, External moniter mode.. thingy.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macgeek2005, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2006
    Hi, How do I make an external moniter plugged into a laptop be the Primary display, with the laptop being closed? I want it to be as if the laptop were a tower, and the moniter plugged into it is the only moniter. Then when I unplug the moniter, I want it to automatically make the laptop's display the primary display. How is this done?

  2. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    It's pretty easy, if you have a Pro laptop (iBook's can't do this...without a hack, anyway).

    Anyway, shut the lid of your powerbook/macbook pro, connect an external keyboard, mouse, and power adapter, and press a button on your keyboard. It'll take a few seconds, but your desktop should turn on as the primary display.
  3. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2006
    External Keyboard, mouse, and moniter you mean? What do you mean, power adapter?
  4. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    For the external keyboard, mouse and monitor he means a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor. All of these must not be parts of the laptop, for example, you'd need to plug in a keyboard and a mouse via USB or Bluetooth and then plug a second monitor (display) into your laptop.

    He means the computer has to be plugged in (to the wall).
  5. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    You haven't yet mentioned what kind of laptop you have. If you have an ibook, don't run it with the screen closed. the ibook vents heat. If you have a powerbook/MBP, what you want to happen should be automatic provided you have an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and the laptop is plugged in. If for some reason it's not working automatically, go to system prefs/displays. There should be a diagram of both your powerbook screen and the external monitor. one of them has a menu bar at the top. That one is designated as the primary monitor.
  6. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, you might as well just move the book out of the way and plug in the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. If you have a G3 ibook, it will automatically mirror; if you have a G4 ibook, go into the "monitors" system preference and set it to "mirror". If you really just want the screen off, once it's set, press F1 until the ibook screen is dark.

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