External moniter issues- trying to install Snow Leopard...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dman01, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Dman01 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2008
    Hey y'all.

    The Details
    -I have a 17 in. Macbook Pro, late 2007 model
    -The screen is cracked to the point where I cannot see anything.
    -It's hooked up to an external monitor

    I've just purchased Snow Leopard, because frankly I'm sick of being stuck at V. 10.4.11, and it's got a lot of features that I'd find useful.

    I have tried to install it, but when I restart, all I see is a purple galactic background of some kind and nothing else. This is the background it displays to install Snow Leopard, and the display is hidden somewhere offscreen, perhaps even fixed to it (which would make it impossible to drag). So, I gave up until now, a few days later, and a mac-savvy friend of mine is showing me how to access mirrored displays and how to turn it off, and I essentially re-create the conditions I experienced when I restarted to install Snow Leopard. It's basically turning off mirroring. I've tried hitting F7 and nothing happens.

    So my problem is, can I turn it back on with a few other keyboard prompts? Is there a way to force the mirrored view to come back on at all? How do I do that?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Mac.Genius macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    Command-F1 will change the display mode. Give that shortcut a try. :)
  3. silencer88 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    You could also close the lid (i.e. put the laptop to sleep), then wake it up with an external mouse or keyboard (while leaving the laptop closed). The external screen will then be used as the main display and the laptop display will be off.

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