Macbook Monitor issue.

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

  1. Bioz macrumors newbie

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    '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

    119576

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    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

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

    119576

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    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

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    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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