Hey all, I had a Powerbook G4 17" from 2003, running 10.4.x (Tiger). The screen died about 6 months ago. (It will actually work for about 1 minute before fading out, but anyway...) So we hooked up a 20" flat panel with a DVI cable and life was swell. Until a massive hardware failure, still not sure what. I hooked up an external drive which had a bootable copy made with SuperDuper and it worked, except when I hooked it up to the external monitor the external monitor doesn't work right. For the 1-5 minutes the laptop screen works, it works perfectly normally. But the external display will only display whatever the background screen is and nothing else. So while the laptop display has white screen/grey apple, the external monitor has white screen. After logging in, the external monitor has a lovely picture of my son (the background I set up before hard drive problem) and I can see the mouse move on it, but I have no taskbar and none of the icons/folders on the desktop. I know they are there since I can see them for a few seconds on the laptop monitor before it dies. FWIW, I have tried hooking up the monitor with a DVI-A/VGA adapter as well as the DVI cable that I had used successfully before hard drive failure. Suggestions? ps I erased the original powerbook hard drive and used SuperDuper to migrate a bootable copy back to the powerbook. Same problem.