Connecting a MBP to a TV display, really confused. need help please

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kwfl, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    hi everyone, hope you are not too busy and you wont mind helping me out.

    i have got a 15" MBP with the 8600m GT card. The screen support 1440-900 resolution.
    My housemate has a 32" TV display with supported resolution of only 1024-768

    i got the cables needed to connect my MBP to the display.

    my questions are
    1- my point was to connect the dispaly so that something separate can be done in the TV display like watching a DVD in full screen mode. However, once i push something to full screen in the TV screen, the MBP screen goes dark. i dont want that. Can i have it full screen there, but i still can work on the MBP screen in normal mode.

    2- i have spaces enabled. I cant have the MBP displaying a space while the TV display displaying a nother space. i.e. if i change space in the MBP, it changes in the TV display. is there anyway to have the TV display doing one space and when i want to change my space in the MBP it doesnt change in the TV display.

    point 1 and 2 are different by they are almost the same thing. in short words, if i do something in the MBP screen it happens there, spaces, expose,
    i want to separate them.

    3- closed screen mode, how do i do it. i mean, i want to close my MBP screen and then watch something in the TV display.

    these are quick questions. i do feel the answer will be "you cant do it" for the first two questions.
    however, i will get through this.
    thanks
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Don't quote me on it, but for number 3, all you have to do is to close your laptop so it goes to sleep, and wake it up using a usb keyboard or mouse while it's still closed. It should transfer all it's resources to the external screen.. Search for clamshell mode and you may find what you see.

    I don't see why number 1 and 2 would not be doable, I cannot help you as to how though.
     
  3. kwfl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for your help.
    actually that large tv display is not good as it has a very low resolution for such a large screen size.

    however, i still want to know the hows and whys. if i get something useful, i may get rid of my 24" iMac and get myselft a 30" highl resolution display instead.

    i will try to go dig the apple support pages and see what i get.
     

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