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

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    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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