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Authored by: VRic on Mar 30, '06 10:22:48AM
Anyone here know if it's possible to configure an external monitor as the primary output device for system startup?

First, what's wrong with the standard feature, which has been there for decades? Prefpane Monitors:Arrange: in the miniature representation of available monitors, drag the menu bar from one to another.

If you want to do it AFTER your main monitor dies, you can have SwitchRes installed and configured beforehand to present you with any number of choices or presets by right-clicking on the desktop (on the monitor that works).
SwitchRes screenshots

You can also assign a hotkey to open the Monitors prefpane or a script that opens it and drags it to the secondary monitor so that you won't have to grab it blindly.

If you're OK with the command line, you can also install cscreen and memorize its commands (since you wouldn't see the display if it's dead).
cscreen on macosxhints

Monitor settings being saved in PRAM and in a prefs file somewhere, you could also research ways to set it at boot time using Open Firmware, or switch between 2 preset prefs files using single user mode and reboot, or set the pref using the "defaults" command and reboot. But managing any of that without seing the CLI output would be needlessly hard.

What makes you so sure the built-in monitor will die anyway?



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