Dell Mini 10v Mac OS X Discussion Discussion dedicated to installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini 1011
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Join Date: Nov 2009
12-30-2009, 02:42 PM
In my experience, and my understanding from reading these forums...
- Mirroring doesn't work, and will cause both displays to be garbled vertical lines.
- Extending your desktop works fine, and in most cases auto detects.
The problem is... if your Mini first sets itself up to mirror, how can you change it? There is a terminal command, and Meklort kindly included it in the latest NBI 0.8.3. It's in the /Extra/bin folder, called mirroring.
The syntax if I remember correctly is simply: mirroring off
If you run this command without an external monitor attached, it might not make any difference; it didn't for me. What you can do is open Terminal, type the command in, but don't hit Enter, then plug in your monitor, and hit enter after it's detected and showing the garbled vertical lines. All should be good then (until you foolishly click mirror in system preferences).
MacBook | 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo | Unibody | 4GB RAM | 320GB 7200rpm HDD | OS X 10.6.2
Mac mini | 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | OS X 10.6.2 | PLEX Media Center
iMac | 2.8GHz Core i7 | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | OS X 10.6.2 | Belongs to work
Join Date: Nov 2009
12-30-2009, 10:39 PM
I use an App called MirrorDisplays. All it does it toggle between Mirrored and Extended view modes. It sits in my Applications folder and whenever I get garbled Video, I just Cmd-Space for spotlight and type in "mirr" and hit Enter. You can probably create a script or keyboard shortcut for this, but this way works for me
Dell XPS 420 Desktop | OS X 10.6.3 with Vista/Win7 external | myHack Installer 1.0.1 | Core2 Quad Q9400@2.67GHz | 4GB RAM | Nvidia 9800GTX+
Join Date: Dec 2009
12-31-2009, 04:37 AM
Yes! that's it, mine defaulted to mirrored the first time as well. To fix it I had to turn on the display prefs menu bar option (so I knew it would be at the top about 3 inches in on the mini and managed to 'find' it by clicking around (I actually had to attach/detach my external cable about 8 times to find it). Eventually I got the menu and selected the right option to extend the desktop.
@delphinus87, that's a great idea, I have used QuickSilver a number of times to save the day when I couldn't see what was going on.
Dell Mini 10v N280, 1GB - OS X Snow Leopard
Join Date: Mar 2009
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