Cannot get a second display to work

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mopar247, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. mopar247 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2008
    I bought the adapter cable to go from the mini-whatever port to vga and connected it to my samsung hdtv. The tv only shows the background I have selected on my macbook, but nothing else. I cannot find any selection for mirroring or selecting a primary display in the display preferences. I'm probably missing something pretty simple, but this is my first mac and I just got it in the mail today lol Any solutions or advice? Thanks.
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    The Second display is working correctly, you are in extended Desktop Mode. To toggle mirroring, open System Preferences, then click on Displays. Once open, you will find two windows, the main one (with the three Skittles in the upper right) should be for the MacBook's screen, the other will be for HDTV. One of those will have a Tab that says Arrange, click on that then click the check box for Extend Desktop to this display.

    Alternatively, if there is a key on your keyboard that looks like two overlapping boxes, pressing that should toggle between mirror and extended modes.

  3. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    Attach a mouse and external keyboard, make sure its plugged in and will show your TV as the display.

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