External Display on a Leopard MacBook Pro Issues
I move from office to office and I usually connect an external screen and keyboard & mouse to my MacBook Pro. Leopard has several annoying issues with this:
- Windows don’t move to the new main screen – When I connect a nice 23″ display to my MacBook Pro I usually make sure that that display becomes the main one. Leopard remembers this and it correctly moves the menu bar from the built-in display to the external display. What it does not do is to move all windows to the new main display. They are still waiting on the built-in display. I’m pretty sure Tiger did this correctly.
- Applications dont recognize the new main display – After I connect the external display and have for example dragged Mail.app from the built-in to the external display (because of the above bug) it starts doing something weird: when I open a message the new message window is opened on the built-in display, not the external display that is now the main screen! I thought Mail.app might be confused so I quit and start it. But it still happens. Same with Terminal.app. New terminal windows appear on the built-in non-main display.
I’m pretty sure these issues are new to Leopard. I’ve never had these frustrating things with Tiger.