I have a multifunction flatscreen TV. You probably know what i'm on about, its a cheap flatscreen that has everything (SCART, AV, HDMI, VGA, DVD Player, USB etc).
I'm not going to say the model name or anything because I know its rebranded. Its a "Techwood" which I think is a rebranded Samsung, and was purchased from "Currys" in the UK.
I have a MacBook Pro 5,5 (Mid 2009), and have the connector plug in a VGA monitor. As a laptop, I like to be able to take it around, which involved unplugging the TV.
However, I found that when you connect it to the TV, you MUST reboot the computer before it will accept a connection. The laptop knows there is a connection, because the screen flashes blue as it connects and adjusts to the new display, but it doesn't get "detected" and the TV just says "No Signal Through PC". However, after booting, just after the apple sign disappears, both monitors turn the same blue, followed by the default Aurora Wallpaper.
I find it EXTREMELY annoying that I have to restart the computer every time I want to reconnect to the TV.
Is there any kind of "hack" or "mod" that you know of that will let you connect to these displays without reboot? Maybe some sort of shell script or AppleScript I could run to make it detect the monitor without rebooting?
I appreciate any help you can give me.
PS. It definitely isn't the computer that requires reboot, because I had a 19" monitor before and that would reconnect immediately.
Answer by systerwoody · Feb 13, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I wonder if it would happen the same w/a PC laptop? If not, that would be a clue. Also if your 2009 Macbook Pro is dual core than that could be a problem. WiDi t.v. works best seamlessly i5 processors and Apple only updated the unibody line in April 2010. I've been researching this because I plan to do this w/a Laptop (i5 to i7 processor) & a newer flat panel t.v. Your experience is one I want to prevent by preplanning. Thanks for sharing.