Refit bootloader not showing up on my NEC external display

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by namkcuR, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. namkcuR macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2010
    I didn't know exactly which forum to post this in, but this seemed like a good place to start.

    I have a macbook 2,1, set up to triple-boot Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and Ubuntu using refit. I use my macbook in clamshell mode, with external display via the Mini-DVI-to-VGA adapter and external usb keyboard/mouse. The display is an NEC Multisync 90GX2. The problem is that refit doesn't show up on the external display, only on the internal display. In order to see refit, I have to open the macbook's lid, and only after I select an OS and it starts booting up does the external display kick in. With the lid closed, I could still press left and right and enter on the keyboard, so technically I could select an OS without opening the lid, but it would be far less tedius if I could get refit to show up on the external display. I don't have any other problems with the external display, so I'm somewhat stumped on where to start with this, but any help would be appreciated.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I don't think you can have rEFIt appear on any display other than the primary.
  3. namkcuR thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2010
    Does anyone else concur with this or have anything else to suggest?
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    I've never had rEFIt appear on my external. I haven't tried to force it or played around to make it work, but there it is.
  5. hariseldon78 macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2010
    if i start the macbook with the external screen connected and quickly close the lid i can see the refit menu on the external screen.
    My problem is that when i select the linux partition the external screen turns off until it starts the X gui, wich is annoying..

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