iMac + Dell 2405FPW with Dell as primary?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by storage, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. storage macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    Can I use my Dell monitor as the primary display, and use the 17" iMac display as a secondary display?

    Also (I'll just throw this question in here), can I turn the iMac display off while using the Dell?

    I tried searching but me and this sites search features aren't exactly best friends.

  2. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Not sure about turning off the iMac display - probably not, but you can use the 2405 as the primary. Go into the display preferences, so you can see the diagram of the two monitors side by side. Then, drag the menubar from one to the other.

  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
  4. storage thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    Thanks for your reply! Awesome!

    And damn about not being able to turn the iMac display off. It'll be really irritating watching a movie with a bright light coming from the iMac (could probably just turn the brightness down, but still).

    Thanks again!
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Simple answer: A towel. Dry.
  6. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    What about a black desktop background - it would be a start
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW Front Row turns off your secondary display when you watch a video.

    Not so if you watch the same movie in QT.

    Also you can specify which display QT should go full screen on independent of which display is primary...

  8. budugu macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2004
    Boston, MA

    in short YES!
  9. storage thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    Sorry for bumping this.

    I've finally gotten my iMac, and I love it! :) The only problem I'm having is what I posted earlier. It's really annoying to watch a movie at night with the light coming from the iMac.

    Whenever I'm watching a movie I'll turn down the brightness to the lowest level and use a black background. But it is kind of annoying having to do it all the time. Could anyone help me make an AppleScript or something to do this automatically, and then back to normal again? Is there any other solution? :(

    Thanks in advance!

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