Simple MBP DVI-VGA question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wtfandyno, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. wtfandyno macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    I just got an LCD 1080p HD tv with a spot to run my MBP through as a monitor. Plugged it in through VGA and everything looks great. The only problem is that it recognizes the tv as being a second and separate monitor. When I want to watch videos, the full screen runs on my computer while the tv acts as my blank desktop.

    How do I switch that around?
    Or, at the least, get them to display the same thing? Is that what is called mirroring?

    I don't think this is that hard, but I'm getting pretty frustrated trying to figure it out. Thanks a lot!
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Mirroring will run the two screens at the same resolution (exactly the same) which is probably not what you want.

    To make the external screen the main screen drag the little menu bar in the displays preferences in System Preferences.

    If you are using QuickTime you can choose which screen to use for full screen...
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    System Preferences->Displays->Arrangement
    Check "Mirror Displays"
  4. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    if you're using VLC, go to the top menu and press Video>Video Device> [select your monitor]

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