How to get Display Arrangement tab

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  1. Macready macrumors newbie

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    I connected my mid-2009 MacBook Pro to my HDMI TV until recently by selecting it as a monitor screen in System Preferences' Display Arrangement tab. When the connection failed, I was no longer able to get the Arrangement tab. Acting on advice to zap the PRAM. I found I had to do so several times to bring back the Arrangement tab and re-establish the connection which has now failed once more. Despite zapping the PRAM repeatedly, I can no longer get the Arrangement tab. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    One shouldn't reset the PRAM very often. I'm not sure of the technical reason but I do recall that from training several years ago.

    Have you tried pressing Command+F1, the shortcut to switch from mirrored to extended desktop? Typically thats the first thing I try when troubleshooting external display connections. Beyond that I'll power cycle the external display, disconnect/reconnect it and possibly power cycle the Mac. You might also attempt an SMC reset.

    Resetting the System Management Controller - HT3964
     
  3. Macready thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How to get Display Arrangement tab

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I tried the Cmd+F1 and other function keys, the SMC reset and power recycling all without success.

    QUOTE=Mr Rabbit;17794821]One shouldn't reset the PRAM very often. I'm not sure of the technical reason but I do recall that from training several years ago.

    Have you tried pressing Command+F1, the shortcut to switch from mirrored to extended desktop? Typically thats the first thing I try when troubleshooting external display connections. Beyond that I'll power cycle the external display, disconnect/reconnect it and possibly power cycle the Mac. You might also attempt an SMC reset.

    Resetting the System Management Controller - HT3964[/QUOTE]
     

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