MacBook Pro and external display

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  1. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

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    Hi guys.

    I was wondering if there is a way to use the external display in full screen mode and use my MBP screen as well.

    Im trying to watch a movie in full screen on my external dis and still use my MBP screen for Safari, etc.
    When I use full screen for movies, my MBP display also goes black and gives me no usage.

    I saw a thread back in 2008 but since its been 5 years, Im wondering if there is a solution.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. yusukeaoki thread starter macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

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    UPDATE:

    I tried on 3 monitor/TVs.
    Sony Bravia, LG E2370V, and even on Apple TBD.

    So far non of them work and hoping to see some solutions soon.
     
  3. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    Well, that problem comes from the OS. Since Lion, using multiple displays is kind of annoying. I'm also very annoyed but this. Something so simple can not be done.
    Just use vlc, which does not use ML's native fullscreen mode. That should do it until apple comes up with a solution.
     
  4. yusukeaoki thread starter macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

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    I do :(
    I have the VLC open in the other monitor and soon as I hit full screen, Macs screen goes black...
     
  5. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    You need to disable "Black Screens in Full Screen mode" in Vlc's preferences. That should do the trick.
     

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  6. yusukeaoki thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It worked! You just saved my work space!!
    Thank you so much! :D
     
  7. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    You're welcome. Always glad to help.
     
  8. Joseph Farrugia macrumors regular

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    one of the many downgrades in Lion/ML, unfortunately

    Multiple screens work perfectly in Snow Leopard (10.6), but was ruined in M/ML.
    Altering prefs in VLC should do the trick; but t is a shame on apple that usability has taken a hit on so many levels in the latest versions of OS X.
     
  9. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    VLC can do anything.

    I have my projector connected to my Mac Pro and run VLC on it as a second monitor and work on the side with no issues whatsoever :D

    Also you can switch audio devices easily through VLC and screens as well.
     

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