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Switching between one and two displays System
This is just a small hint, but it had bothered me for a while, so I thought I would share...

I use an external monitor conected to my Powerbook at work, but not at home. I found that if I hadn't logged out/in before going from one place to the next, it did not automatically see my other display. When I "detected displays," it found the display, but did not remember my settings for the second display. This got annoying to do every day.

I found the easiest way to fix this was to kill and restart the Finder. When it restarts, it recognizes the attached monitor and reverts to my stored settings.
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What about sleeping?
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 19, '02 01:46:49PM

Have you tried closing your PowerBook while adding or removing the monitor? My friend

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What about sleeping?
Authored by: sharumpe on Mar 19, '02 02:00:05PM

I usually sleep my PowerBook before removing the monitor, and it works 99 out of 100 times. It's generally a bad idea to remove things that aren't explicitly noted as being "hot-swappable" without sleeping or powering down the machine, anyhow.

The other one time I kill the Finder, but this is rarely needed. The one thing that DOES usually require killing the Finder is that the background pics are usually not correct for the external monitor.

No big deal, though.

Mr. Sharumpe

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Detecting Displays From Keyboard
Authored by: HeimirFreyr on Mar 22, '02 04:38:42AM

I have a PowerBook G3 (Firewire) and found this keyboard shortcut just recently. You don't have to go all the way to the Displays control panel to make Mac OS X detect monitors, you can do it from the keyboard by pressing Command+BrightnessUp (F2).


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