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Backpacker
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:55 am    Post subject: Main Monitor HDMI? Reply with quote

I have a 27" HP monitor and a 24" Apple monitor that I want to connect to my new Mac mini. I used HDMI for the HP and DisplayPort for the Apple. Using the Displays Preference Panel I made the HP my main monitor with the menu bar and the Apple is the secondary monitor to the right. I also have my Power Mac G5 connected to the HP using DVI.

The problem is that when I switch the HP to DVI to do something on the G5, it resets my dual monitor setup and puts the Mac mini menu bar on the Apple. It looks like I need to make the DisplayPort monitor (Apple) my main monitor even though I would rather use the larger monitor as the main. Is there any way to work around this?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would suggest upgrading to Mavericks. You'll gain more control over running multiple displays.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This problem is happening on Mavericks. It bugged the heck out of me so I swapped the monitors. Now the DisplayPort Apple 24" is my main monitor and the HDMI HP 27" is the secondary monitor. Now when I switch the HP to a different input, the main screen doesn't move.

Another thing I found with Maverics is that you can't have a window spanning two monitors. This is not a problem with Mountain Lion.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aquaman wrote:
I would suggest upgrading to Mavericks. You'll gain more control over running multiple displays.


You do have the Menu Bar and Dock on both monitors but you still have a primary monitor.

Backpacker wrote:

Another thing I found with Maverics is that you can't have a window spanning two monitors. This is not a problem with Mountain Lion.

Yes, that is a change that has been made. I hardly ever would have wanted to have a window spanning multiple displays. However for some it it's an issue.
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