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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays Laptop Macs
I attached my Dell 1703FP to my new MacBook (1.83GHz) via mini-DVI to DVI, and noticed a new option in the Displays System Preferences panel: Rotate. I tested it, and it works as expected.

Those integrated graphics that everyone is slamming seem to do the trick! I hadn't heard anything of this previously, so apologies if this is old news.

[robg adds: There's no mention of this on Apple's MacBook pages.]
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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: trebor on Jun 08, '06 08:14:17AM

This option is available on my 17 powerbook running 10.4.6. I seem to recall it being available for some time.



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: OlfH on Jun 08, '06 09:59:05AM

Intel Minis support that too, either directly or via SwitchResX.
SwitchResX even allows to flip the display on Intel Minis (right<->left, or top<->bottom) (useless, but fun), maybe on MacBooks too ?



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 08, '06 12:25:18PM

Flipping displays has uses for kiosk developers and similar in-place display systems, where you might use a mirror or a reflection as part of the display system.

Plus, if you're just an ueber-geek who wants to, um, maximally actualize your digital personhood, you can set up a display behind you, flipped left<->right, and use a rear-view mirror, fixed to the monitor you're facing, to let you view the one behind your head!

Hmmm, gaming might find uses for that....

Anyway, speaking of rear-view mirrors, you can get those at auto parts shops, in a variety of sizes and attachment styles. Hmm, I feel a hint submission coming on....

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Mini also
Authored by: russellh on Jun 08, '06 10:33:10AM

this option is also available on the intel Mini.



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not intel specific
Authored by: russellh on Jun 08, '06 10:37:30AM

aaaand you know what? It's also available on my 1.67 powerbook g4 (hi res). Guess it's not an intel thing.



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Mini also
Authored by: rafa espada on Jun 08, '06 01:48:46PM
my new mac mini... and LaCie Photon19Vision

http://www.rafaespada.com/caborian/cabor_rotate_8914.jpg

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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: robmorton on Jun 08, '06 10:52:15AM

This is part of the system software as far as I know. I have seen it back in 10.4.2 and died momentarily with 10.4.3. Then fixed at 10.4.4.



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: NewPerfection on Jun 12, '06 02:44:05AM

Yeah, that seems about right. I'm on an old 1.6 GHz G5 running 10.4.6 and I can rotate the display on an Apple Cinema Display.



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: jump420 on Jun 08, '06 12:43:35PM

i have it on my Powerbook PPC G4



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: Twist on Jun 08, '06 01:03:02PM

This is also an option on external displays (after using Screen Spanning Doctor) with my 1 GHz iBook G4 and 1 GHz eMac G4.

One of the most useful applications of this is for digital artists and photographers who work with portrait oriented images a lot.



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: photojunkie on Jun 09, '06 02:15:32AM

Even better for web designers, or anyone doing layout for magazine or newsletter style work. Posters (generaly a portrait layout) are a breeze on a 20" screen turned 90°



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font anti-aliasing
Authored by: mzs on Jun 09, '06 06:50:19AM

I tried this and it seems that the font smoothing does not take into account that the screen is rotated. The fonts are really ugly when that is enabled, like it still assumes the RGB crystals are in the same horizontal orientation.



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: styrafome on Jun 12, '06 12:30:11AM

For rotation to work you need Tiger and a compatible Mac and video card. Works on my 15" PPC PowerBook...with a CRT!

I hear it doesn't work with nVidia.



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: Chip57 on Jul 01, '06 07:29:53PM

Almost any Mac running OS X can rotate a display -IF- it's using an ATI video subsystem, as the notebooks and minis have. Apparently, NO Mac can do this with an nVidia subsystem, which is what the recent PowerMacs have. While the nVidia cards can do this in Windows, for some reason, Apple has chosen to disable this in OS X.

I have a monitor that can rotate but a G5 with nVidia, and haven't been able to find a solution or reason for this. Anyone know of a way around this?



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: demnos on Aug 23, '06 10:11:26AM

Has anyone found a 3rd party solution or some kind of program to allow you to rotate a display connected to an NVidia card? We got one of the new Mac Pro units at my office with the default NVidia GeForce 7300 GT card and we can not get the system to rotate the display. The Samsung Monitor we have is built for this but apparently OSX and NVidia just don't work well together. I can't believe that no one out there has complained about this. There has to be a solution. The video cards are certainly powerful enough to handle this, so what's the deal?



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: daniel.baragan on Jun 03, '10 12:19:24AM

Hey, mzs is right, font smoothing is ugly after rotation (MacBookPro).
Is there a way to tell max os to use V-RGB pixel subrendering rather than RGB? (like one could in kde or gnome) ?



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10.4: MacBooks can rotate external displays
Authored by: daniel.baragan on Jun 03, '10 11:56:33PM

[this might be offtopic - a have os x 10.6]
I found an ugly workaround to the ugly fonts on rotation problem:

Every time you log out/turn off, rote your display to normal.
And every time you start rotate it back to 90.
If you also keep your display physically vertical (as I do) you'll be faced with quite a challenge at least twice a day.

The subpixel order is correct when the display is horizontal during login.
And is kept that way when you rotate (if you don't relogin)

To be able to choose the subpixel order (RGB, BGR, VRGB, VBGR) is just one step.
You must also be able to set this on a display basis.

Come on Steve, you can do better than that.



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