Dual Monitor problems

OldManJimbo

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I have an older MacBook (model 2,1). I run dual monitors all the time - the laptop screen and a flatscreen. No problems - works fine.

I do a ton of presentations for clients - using their projectors - and until two weeks ago have had ZERO problems.

BUT something has happened -- no matter what model of projector is used, it has become impossible to use the projector as the 2nd monitor. The monitor display preferences recognizes the projector as a 2nd monitor, but the projectors don't recognize the signal - "no signal."

It has worked perfectly fine for years and now it doesn't. I use Lion 10.7.4

It's just strange that the monitor on my desk works fine, and projectors USED to work fine, but no longer.

Any ideas ?? Is there a way to check my video card?
 

hackerwayne

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I have an older MacBook (model 2,1). I run dual monitors all the time - the laptop screen and a flatscreen. No problems - works fine.

I do a ton of presentations for clients - using their projectors - and until two weeks ago have had ZERO problems.

BUT something has happened -- no matter what model of projector is used, it has become impossible to use the projector as the 2nd monitor. The monitor display preferences recognizes the projector as a 2nd monitor, but the projectors don't recognize the signal - "no signal."

It has worked perfectly fine for years and now it doesn't. I use Lion 10.7.4

It's just strange that the monitor on my desk works fine, and projectors USED to work fine, but no longer.

Any ideas ?? Is there a way to check my video card?
Try to clean install Lion, might be a software issue or try to use the projector with another Mac.
 

OldManJimbo

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HackerWayne - thanks for the ideas. We've tried other laptops - PC and Mac - and they all work. Haven't done the fresh install, yet.
 

OldManJimbo

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Jun 1, 2004
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Update - more info, more questions

Upon extended research -

Both projectors that failed to recognize the MacBook signal were older (8-10 years) projectors.

I run at he highest resolution settings possible, and both projectors were connected through LONG remote cables - rather than the typical tabletop cable set-up.

So - could the projector's inability to recognize the signal be a combination of the long cable length AND the higher resolution setting?

I am going to go back and experiment with one of the projectors to see if using a lower resolution setting makes a difference.
 

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