Force display to external monitor on boot

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tryingtimes, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. tryingtimes macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2009 macbook that needs a new screen. I've replaced the monitor cable, but it still whites out. I can hook it up to a TV via HDMI and the display is fine, but it boots in extended monitor mode and since the screen on the computer is whited out I can't get to any of the applications or preferences to change the display to mirrored rather than extended. I've ordered a new (used) LCD display to put it in, but in the meantime is there anyway to force the laptop to boot using the external monitor as the primary screen so I can get to the applications? Or do I just wait for the new screen to show up?
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Try turning it on and then immediately close the lid once it's on. Make sure you've got power and the display cable connected of course.
     
  3. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Good to know. I will try it too.
    I have a late 2008 MB that has issues with the display.
     
  4. tryingtimes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That works. Thanks!
     

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