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Problems with Macbook + external display

1566 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2008 10:23 AM by First Magus RSS
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Jan 17, 2008 4:34 AM
I have the Macbook 2.2 GHz, 2 GB ram, Leopard and am trying to use an external display for my home base - because of bigger screen and higher resolution. We're talking the Samsung SyncMaster 22" screen.

I have them connected via Mini DVI-DVI (adapter) and it works, but not the way I want it to.

They are either

a) not mirrored, but "strecthed" and both displays (Macbook's own and Samsung) are in their highest resolution: Macbook is 1280x800 and Samsung in 1650x1000.

or

b) mirrored, but now only in the Macbook's native resolution, which means the 22" is running a very low resolution and it looks very unnatural.

I would very much like for the Samsung to be the "main" display, so that it runs it's highest resolution but not in stretched mode. Obviously, this can't be done when mirroring, because the Macbook's display has to low a resolution, so I wonder if you can just "turn" off the Macbook's display, while the Samsung is connected and run everything solely through the Samsung?


EDIT: Sidenote, if this was possible, how can you close the lid without it going to hibernation/standby etc?

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Macbook, 2.2 GHz, 2 GB ram, 160 GB HDD., Mac OS X (10.5)
  • First Magus Level 6 Level 6 (15,850 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 5:36 AM (in response to eurobum)
    You can set the resolution for each monitor in Displays so it doesn't appear stretched. I have a wide screen SamSung and in digital mode it works perfectly. The display preferences are in *System Preferences*. I prefer mine in extended mode so I can use both monitors for extra working room.

    The following links will eplaing running the MacBook with the lid closed.

    Apple: How to use your PowerBook G4, MacBook or MacBook Pro with the display closed and a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse

    Apple: How to use your PowerBook G4, MacBook Pro or MacBook with the display closed

    Mort
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  • First Magus Level 6 Level 6 (15,850 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 9:56 AM (in response to eurobum)
    Go into Displays again. This time look under Arrangement drag the white bar from the internal display to the larger external display. This makes the external the primary display.

    Mort
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    Jan 17, 2008 10:01 AM (in response to eurobum)
    It should work on the MacBook also using USB Mouse and Keyboard. I just read it and it doesn't state the MacBook is excluded. Note it will not work if running on battery. The power supply must be plugged in.

    Mort
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  • First Magus Level 6 Level 6 (15,850 points)
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    Jan 17, 2008 10:12 AM (in response to eurobum)
    I can't understand why it doesn't work. Maybe using the external as the main display will be better than nothing.

    Mort
    ⌘ BlackBook Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, WD 320 GB HD, Wireless Mighty Mouse, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iPod 5G Video, iPod color, iPod 1G Shuffle ⌘
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    Jan 17, 2008 10:23 AM (in response to eurobum)
    Your welcome.

    Mort
    ⌘ BlackBook Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, WD 320 GB HD, Wireless Mighty Mouse, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iPod 5G Video, iPod color, iPod 1G Shuffle ⌘

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