Setting up Macbook for external display

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by idonotliketostu, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. idonotliketostu macrumors 6502

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    I want to connect my macbook to my 20" widescreen

    So I plugged in my monitor into the mini dvi
    Then I go to settings - display - arrangement

    I move the larger screen onto the left side and the dock as well

    I just want to use my display.
    How do I set this thing up so that the lcd on my macbook is shut off?
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    To use the external screen and shutoff the internal, you must have a keyboard and mouse attached. Close the lid. Then after sleeping, hit a key on the keyboard and only the external screen will be on, then if you want to you can open the MacBook and use the internal keyboard and mouse without the screen turning on. There may be a utility to do it without sleeping, but I'm not aware of any.

    TEG
     
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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  4. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    Or, shut down the Macbook, connect the monitor, turn on the macbook and close the screen quickly... wait until the log in screen appears and then open the Macbook. The screen will not turn on. This is called 'desktop mode'.
     
  5. idonotliketostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You are refering to extended mode correcT?

    Extended mode is annoying because if you move your mouse too far to the end of the screen, it gets lost on the other screen.

    Mirroring doesn't do a good job because on my 20", its just an upscale of the resolution on the macbook.
     
  6. idonotliketostu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    SO...

    If you want to use an external display and
    doesn't want:

    The annoying extended mode
    The ugly upscaling

    You must have a separate keyboard and mouse to
    wake up the computer when its sleeping.
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    True. Although Extendmode is awesome.

    TEG
     

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