Dual Display trouble...

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by SnowLeopard2008, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I have a MacBook, and I also recently bought a 24" Samsung display. However, When I open FCE the whole interface is totally messed up, rather than the neat interface and the windows all perfectly lined up on the MacBook LCD display.

    So I am wondering, what is the right way to setup a dual display with a laptop? Should the external display be the primary one (with the dock, menu bar) or should the laptop have the dock, menu bar, etc? Is the laptop display the primary one, with the external display as the extension or the other way around? thanks.
  2. MacBass macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2005
    La Crosse, WI
    I would keep the internal display as the primary display, it would probably produce less errors when you unplug your external monitor, if errors should occur.
  3. dchen720 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    there's something called "cold starting" or something.
    i read it from somewhere, but don't remember.

    i've dual display too
    when i first turn on the external display, the screen's always screwed up
    i gotta wait for a minute or two,,,
    then it'll be okay
  4. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    I have no experience with FCE, but I have my MacBook connected to an external ViewSonic 20" LCD monitor when I'm at my desk and I have it setup to automatically switch the primary display to the 20" LCD when connected. Otherwise, the primary display is on the internal display.

    I've never encountered any OS or application issues with this setup, but perhaps FCE has different requirements.

    You should take another look at your configuration because I believe this setup *should* work for you.

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