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Philips Pico Pix PPX1020

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mdaltd Calculating status...
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Jan 24, 2012 5:01 AM

For the last 15 days I haver been struggling to get information whether the PPX1020 projector is compatible with macs. Having downloaded the Drivers for Philips - without any support or advise - I resorted to try the product before returning it to Amazon. The only one review in Philips webside categorically stated it does not work with macs without MWARE.


For anyone interested to purchase and use this very versatile, small, and handy projector, here is what I deduced and assembled as "the Missing MacOS manual" :


The MISSING Mac Computer Manual for PPX1020 - Ignore all references in PC manual

                                                                                      (assembled from various sources by M. S. Miltiadou)


When the box arrives, just open it but do not connect USB cable to the computer at this stage.


To operate the Projector you need to do two things :


          1.- to download the Drivers from Philips and

          2.- to adjust the Displays in the System Preferences


DRIVERS :-    Just copy the link below to your browser :- ware&ctn=PPX1020/EU )


and choose from the Drivers and download “Drivers Macintosh OS X


Alternatively download direct by copy/paste on your browser:  ppx1020_eu_dmx_eng.hqx 


It will be downloaded as “PicoPix Viewer.pkg

          Once it has been downloaded, double click to unzip the package and install

          the "PicoPix Viewer" to the Applications or desktop of the computer.


On completion of the installation the computer will ask to be "Restarted"

          After restart,  double click on the "PicoPix Viewer" application.

          It will ask for the projector to be connected.

          Connect both USBs to the computer and the mini USB to the projector.


The projector at this stage may only show image of the computer screensaver.


****          DO NOT PANIC you are nearly there   ****


DISPLAYS  adjustment:- Open the "System Preferences" and click on "Displays"

          (as indicated, but ignoring the cabling description in

          “ training/mac-external-display.pdf” )


Click the box "Show displays in menu bar"

Click "Detect Displays"


When the “Displays” icon appears in the menu bar of your desktop, pull down the menu and click on "Detect Displays" and then click on "Turn mirroring on".

This will set automatically the screen/viewer resolutions.


The projector will now be mirroring - on the wall or other screen - whatever file, picture, film or document you are showing on the desktop.


That's it folks, problem solved the “PicoPix 1020 is COMPATIBLE “ with :-


          iMacs with MacOS 10.6 or later (current desktop models)

          MacMinis with 10.6,

          13"MacBooks with (2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) and OS 10.6

          & although not tested at this stage any

          Mac with 2No USBs and with MacOS 10.6 or later


Observation when running the programme:

If the computer goes into screen saver or sleep mode, the projector reverts to the idle state and only  projects the “PHILIPS” name.

2. For long periods of use the screen saver timing might have to be temporarily adjusted

3. To restart the process touch any key to activate the computer and then click on the Viewer icon.

4. If the PicoPix Viewer is in the applications folder drag its icon to the “Dock” for easy access.

          Next time you click on the viewer it will be ready to go

                                        GOOD LUCK

  • g-wils Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2012 4:13 AM (in response to mdaltd)

    Hi mdaltd,


    Thank you so much for this, it's so helpful! I've succeeded as far as the 'detect displays' part, but my Mac isn't picking anything up. Any ideas what to do?


    Any help would be much appreciated!

  • g-wils Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 27, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to mdaltd)

    Hi again mdaltd,


    You're absolutely right, it was purchased in the US! It's a 15" Macbook pro, which I've recently upgraded to OSX 10.6.


    I've dragged the Picopix viewer to my dock but I'm still stuck - when I open it nothing happens, when I click Detect Displays (both in System Preferences and in the drop down of the display icon in the top right) nothing happens either. It seems as though my Mac is refusing to acknowledge it.


    The strange thing is that it does appear in my devices initially, but when I open the Picopix viewer it disappears. Either way Detect Displays doesn't work - so I can't get the Arrangement tab.


    I phoned Philips and they were pretty stumped too... Not sure what to try next! Any suggestions would be great.



  • g-wils Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to mdaltd)

    Hi mdaltd,


    Thanks for all the info, it's super useful! I managed to get it working on my friend's Mac which is also from the US using these instructions, so that's a start. Still not having any luck with mine... I'm wondering does it have anything to do with the graphics card. I'll keep trying but if I come across anything else that works I'll be sure to let you know. At this point it's becoming more of a personal mission than anything else!


    Thanks again

  • g-wils Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 29, 2012 1:40 PM (in response to g-wils)

    Mdaltd, it has suddenly and inexplicably started working You were right, it was just a case of trying and trying again. Thanks so so much for all your help with this issue! And please thank your friend for her help also!

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    Dec 25, 2012 4:29 AM (in response to mdaltd)

    Hi, I recieved a picopix PPX2480 (with mp4) for christmas (today) and was hoping to use to project from my 13inch MacBook Pro, I did get my MacBook from the US as I had it customised with a solid state drive.
    I have followed your instructions above with the projector connected via USB port, however when I try to "Detect Displays" absolutely nothing happens.
    I can acces the internal memory of the PicoPix and drag and drop files, but I want to display the MacBook's screen.
    I have not yet contacted Philips. I so far tried four times to access it as you suggested uninstalling etc between tries. I would love to know what to do now...


    Thanks so much for your help so far.

  • SorbusAucuparia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:07 AM (in response to SorbusAucuparia)

    After much re-reading of the manual it seems I need to connect via the HDMI port on the projector, suggesting the mini-HDMI to VGA cable supplied, however there is no VGA on a MacBook Pro if I were to buy a mini-HDMI to displayport do you think this would work?

  • SorbusAucuparia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to mdaltd)

    Thank you for that. I have asked one of my friends who works at an apple store and she said I should be ok with a HDMI displayport, I'm going to try it out with her cables when I get back to Uni. Thank you for your help.

  • robertopinotti Calculating status...
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    Jan 16, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to mdaltd)

    Hi mdaltd,

    I've a problem: when I check "Show displays in menu bar" the “Displays” icon doesn't appears in my menu bar so I can't use picopic with my mac

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,600 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 7:58 AM (in response to robertopinotti)



    This thread got started long ago in the wrong forum and managed to stay in limbo here. This forum is for pre-1998 Mac hardware, not third-party products. Very few people ever see what's posted here.


    Although you should be checking with the projector manufacturer for support, you may have better luck here by figuring out your Mac OS version (from "About This Mac" ) and posting in that OS forum area from those shown here:


    Mac OS & System Software

  • DuncanfromUK Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2013 6:32 AM (in response to SorbusAucuparia)

    I contacted Sagem (who make the Picopix, following a hint from another thread) and got this reply:


    The PPX1020 is not compatible with MAC 10.8.4, I am afraid. It works only up to 10.7.


    So if you have a PPX1020 and Mountain Lion then I'm afraid - like me - you can't use it any more


    This is pretty pathetic product support from Philips.

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