UPGRADING TO LEOPARD, will screen spanning doctor work on iBook G4

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  1. iCantwait macrumors 65816

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  2. sreedy macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't actually tried it since I upgraded to Leopard but as I understand it this was change to the firmware of the graphics driver. So when you upgrade the OS you won't have to apply the patch again it's still there.

    A fact the developer alludes to on his website when discussing his new release for Tiger:

    "If you installed the patch prior to updating your OS you don't need to reinstall the latest version of the patch since only the installation program was changed to work in Tiger. "

    I'll try mine tonight if I remember and see if it is still working......

    Devlopers Site

    Also information from the forum:

    "Not only does screen spanning doctor work great on my iBook running OS X 10.4 pre-release, but I didn't have to install it!

    It was installed while I was running 10.3. Yesterday I did a clean OS install. This morning I connected to my monitor, and it came up in dual-screen mode. The display preferences even showed the "arrangement" tab.

    Great stuff!

    --Len."
     
  3. iCantwait thread starter macrumors 65816

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    you are the perfect example of how all MR useers should be! Thank you sreedy for this info:)
     
  4. sreedy macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks :D
     
  5. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    just took a gander at the site.
    sooo...
    what is extended desktop?
    don't i already have it on my mbp?
     
  6. sreedy macrumors 6502a

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    Just to finish off this thread I checked this on my iBook running Leopard this morning and it's all working as it was for me in Panther and Tiger. I didn't have to do anything.

    benlangdon Yes, I think you already have this on your MBP. Back in the day on machines like my G4 iBook we could only Mirror to another display. The extended desktop features were only on the Pro Notebooks, but both machines were using the same/similar graphics cards. So, the Screen Spanning Doctor is a firmware hack to allow us to do the same thing as the Pro's.
     
  7. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    how do you connect the ibook to a screen.
    i have a ibook g4 sitting around here and there is no dvi or vga port so...
     
  8. TBi macrumors 68030

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    IBook G4 has mini VGA out. It should have come with a Mini-VGA to VGA cable when you bought it.

    About the screen spanning doctor. It modifies the firmware (open firmware? I don't remember the name) of your iBook. Installing a new version of OSX doesn't change this so it will always be available.

    The only problem a person might have is that you might not be able to run the program itself on the new version of OSX.
     
  9. ojman873 macrumors newbie

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    So I recently installed this firmware, and although the "non-mirrored" mode works fine, I can't seem to get the clamshell to work. I connect a keyboard, mouse, and the external display as one is supposed to, but when I shut the screen on the ibook, it just doesn't work! Unlike before getting this firmware, I can tell there is some output, it's just not anything useful. I have tried in both mirrored and non-mirrored mode. The computer acts like it works...aka the display goes to sleep and must be awoken as the instructions say, but it just doesn't work. Any ideas?

    I have a G4 12", 1.33GHz running Leopard 10.5.8
     

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