I have an intel powerbook from when they first came out and my laptop's screen died around 3 years ago. I pulled apart the mac and disconnected the lcd so that i only have the lower half of the powerbook now. The Point was I wanted it to act like a desktop. Since then when I want to use my mac I hook up to an external and everything is fine. However, I want to set-up a linux server partition b/c i think it would be more useful to me that way. Unfortunately, my external doesn't display anything until OSX is actually loading. Does anyone know how to make the external monitor display from the very beginning so i can dual boot?
I use my first gen Intel laptop with the lid shut and connected to an external display, I have full startup function, either into the command prompt or by holding Option to choose a startup disk. My monitor lights up right away on startup.
This is with a DVI monitor, are you using DVI or VGA? Maybe it has something to do with the internal being disconnected. What model monitor, is it having problems syncing maybe? Once it's booted can you lock in the resolution or input with the menu on the monitor?
It's an oldie but goodie but have tried zapping the PRAM? It's been known to fix video problems.
it's a DVI -> VGA connection on the monitor. before OSX loads my Acer monitor has text bouncing on a black screen saying input not supported. about to try straight dvi from laptop to monitor and i'll report back how it worked.
Great, I love it when a plan comes together. Glad that's all it was.
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