Macbook screen broken, help w/ external monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Macwick, May 14, 2009.

  1. Macwick macrumors regular

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    Hi there,

    Dumb question. My white MacBook slipped off my bed the other day, hit the carpet, and the screen shattered. I bought a new alu MacBook to replace it, and now I want to sell the one with the broken screen on eBay. However I want to pull off some files first, so I plugged my MacBook into an external monitor using a mini DVI to DVI adapter.

    Problem - when it boots up the external display is treated as a secondary display. As a result I just see the desktop background. I was able to log in by blindly typing my password, but now I just need a way to make the external display primary. I know that I just need to go to the Preferences window, but how do I get there?? Basically I just need a way to get to Preferences from the secondary display. Right now I'm flying blind....

    Thanks in advance for any advice......
     
  2. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Shot in the dark ( =) ) but there might be some keyboard shortcuts that will open up display preferences for you so you don't have to try opening it with your mouse. Wish I knew more about keyboard shortcuts around now, but it's something you could look into.
     
  3. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    Press Option and the brightness up button (F2) and that will open your display preferences. When it's open, click on the Gather Windows button to pull both display preference windows into the one you can see. Click on the window with the Arrangement tab in it and drag the menu bar to the screen you can see. You should be able to do what you need to then...
     
  4. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    Connect it to the external display, and an external mouse/keyboard. Then close the lid on the Macbook, and wake it up with the external keyboard/mouse. This will put it in "clamshell" mode, and it will set the external display as the primary display since the stock MB display will be closed.
     
  5. Macwick thread starter macrumors regular

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    That worked - great advice, thanks!
     
  6. DarioK macrumors newbie

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    Mba

    Does anyone know how to do this with a MAcBook Air since it only has one USB port?
     
  7. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    Use a keyboard that has a USB port to which you can connect a mouse. Or, use my suggestion above that only requires using the laptop's own keyboard and trackpad.
     
  8. DarioK macrumors newbie

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    Worked perfectly.... Thanks :)
     

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