If i have dual monitors, can i have dual top bars or put one HD on each screen

wnameth

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Nov 18, 2004
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sorry for the long question, but i just got dual 15", and i am a noob at dual anything, so i have some questions (if you don't have any good advice, don't)

can i have multiple bars on the top?
can i have a dock split between two monitors?
can i have my second HD moved onto the second monitor?
thats about it, thanks in advance
 

MacFan25863

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Jun 20, 2004
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What do you mean by a seperate HD on each screen? Like, a high def video, or a Hard drive, or what?
 

Duff-Man

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Duff-Man says...the top menu bar will only show on the monitor that you designate it to in the "Displays" system prefs - you go to the arrangement tab and drag the menu bar to the display you want it on. You can only have 1 dock. I assume you mean HD icons when you say HD....you can place your desktop icons anywhere you like, but you may want to check your finder view options to make sure "arrange by.." and "snap to grid" are not checked off....oh yeah!
 

Mechcozmo

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Jul 17, 2004
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The "main" screen is the one with the menubar. So if you have more than one, then the one with the menu bar is the main screen where an application will come up by default, etc.
 

CanadaRAM

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Your hard drive is simply a storage device, and you can have as many of those as you like, but you are still only running one instance of the operating system.

Your question sounds like you're thinking of having two instances of the OS running, one in each monitor (2 menu bars, 2 docks); that'd be a "no".

Although you could launch an emulator and have Windows running in a window which you could place on the second screen, if you really wanted.

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com
 

baby duck monge

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says...the top menu bar will only show on the monitor that you designate it to in the "Displays" system prefs - you go to the arrangement tab and drag the menu bar to the display you want it on. You can only have 1 dock. I assume you mean HD icons when you say HD....you can place your desktop icons anywhere you like, but you may want to check your finder view options to make sure "arrange by.." and "snap to grid" are not checked off....oh yeah!
just be advised that you will have to reset the position every time you restart - when the computer first turns on, the icons all move to their default positions on the main screen.
 

tech4all

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Jun 13, 2004
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baby duck monge said:
just be advised that you will have to reset the position every time you restart - when the computer first turns on, the icons all move to their default positions on the main screen.
Do you mean if you put icons on the 2nd spanned screen, then reboot the computer the icons will go back to the main screen?
 

Chip NoVaMac

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Dec 25, 2003
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I can see the desire for dual menu bars when spanning. It is a pain to have to go back the the "main" screen do use the menu drop downs. Maybe something that they will do in Tabby (10.5 :D )
 

snkTab

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Nov 13, 2004
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Oh, as far as having to hard drive icons one on each screen, can't you just make a shortcut place it on the other screen and change the icon. I'm not at my mac now so I can't tell if that works.
 

evil_santa

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Sep 23, 2003
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CanadaRAM said:
Your question sounds like you're thinking of having two instances of the OS running, one in each monitor (2 menu bars, 2 docks); that'd be a "no".
sound to me like wnameth wants 2 computers, one on each screen! :D
 
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