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PMDaly
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Jun 2, 2005, 04:17 PM
 
How do turn off the powerbook's monitor and use an external monitor as the main? I have a 15" pb and need to use a 17" external monitor. I have all the right adapters, but I need to know how to set it up. BTW I'm running Tiger. Thanks in advance.
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Jun 2, 2005, 04:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by PMDaly
How do turn off the powerbook's monitor and use an external monitor as the main? I have a 15" pb and need to use a 17" external monitor. I have all the right adapters, but I need to know how to set it up. BTW I'm running Tiger. Thanks in advance.
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Just mirror the output to the 17":

1) Plug in the DVI or VGA from the monitor into the DVI port or DVI-to-VGA adaptor
2) If it doesn't automatically mirror your desktop, go to System Preferences -> Monitors
3) Press the "Detect Displays" button
4) Check the "Mirror displays" checkbox

Then, if you have an external keyboard & mouse, just connect them to the USB ports (or mouse to keyboard, keyboard to USB on the PBook), and close the lid of the PBook. You're all set! If you don't have an external keyboard/mouse, you can just dim the display all the way down to dark. Or, you could do this anyway if you're worried about heat; closing the lid could cause the cooling of the PowerBook to be less efficient.
     
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Jun 2, 2005, 11:12 PM
 
You don't need to mirror -- leave that setting alone. Just put the machine to sleep with the lid closed, connect the display, and then connect the external keyboard and mouse. (Plugging them in will wake the PowerBook. If they're already connected, press something on the keyboard to wake it.)

That's it.

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Jun 3, 2005, 10:07 PM
 
Tooki: Thanks for clearing that up. I didn't have my PowerBook when I wrote that, so I was posting from memory.
     
   
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