Macbook Monitor issue.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Bioz, May 25, 2009.

  1. Bioz macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2009
    'Allo fellas'. I am in need of assistance!

    Im using a Macbook 5.2 Intel Core Duo 2ghz. (All white one). I am using a mac VGA cable to plug in a widescreen Acer monitor(My mac is also wide screen) And it was working fine my monitor plugged in and such, one day i un-plugged it and went else where came back plugged it in and it only shows my wallpaper. Doesn't show anything else. Is there anyway to fix this? I need halpz! Please.
  2. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sounds like it's been set as your secondary display. Your dock should be on your MacBook's built-in screen. Just whip the lid open and go to System Preferences > Displays and set it as your primary display.
  3. Bioz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2009
    What in there would help me set it to primary? :)
  4. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    System Prefs > Displays > Arrangement, then drag the menu bar to the representation of the external display. This will set it as your primary display.
  5. zanyjany macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2006
    primary monitor help

    THANK YOU - just found this thread and the first explanation I have seen for selecting the primary monitor!

    Now would still like to understand the "detect displays" and the "mirroring" options.

    Sometimes when I close the laptop the large display goes dark even if I am not in mirror mode.

    Not finding useful documentation anywhere and even calls to apple left me confused about my options.

    Using a macpro laptop and a 23" apple display, which have different resolutions so mirroring didn't work.

    Do I need to restart the computer each time I detach or reattach the display?

    Thanks for your help!

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