force external viewing on a powerbook 667

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i have a powerbook 667 whose screen is borken, i'd like the computer to boot only on the external screen, and not doubling it
is it possible permanently ?
thanks for help

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You might be able to make the

You might be able to make the powerbook think the lid is closed at boot time. The trick is to find the little switch (probaly magnetically activated) that tells the machine that the lid is closed. http://home.earthlink.net/~mrob/pub/ibook.html lists the locations of the switches for some machines. If your machine is not listed, use a magnetic compass to find the magnet on the lid (or base) and then put a similar small magnet on the computer opposite of the computer's original magnet. If the added little magnet is in the right location, it should make the machien think the lid is closed. When the machine boots with the lid "closed", it should default to the external screen.

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thanks very much, in fact i'd

thanks very much, in fact i'd like to know if it's possible to make the video card change its way. because i wanted to boot a linux live cd, it works for seconds then the only thing i see is a grey screen

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Trickier! It sounds like you

Trickier! It sounds like you would need to change something on the linux live cd. I'd bet it works as long as the Mac's native code is in control for those first few seconds and that you get the grey screen when the Linux code takes over and resets the video card. Does Live CD support external monitors on a powerbook?

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Some info

Don't know if this may apply in this situation or not. May be of some help.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040328181549797

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thanks again everyone :) wel

thanks again everyone Smile
well for the live cd, i'l have a look and ask on irc, maybe there's a way to bypass it !
for your url, Rael9, unfotrunately, it doesn't seem to work, i'll try again later !

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Re: thanks again everyone :)wel

pikapika wrote:

thanks again everyone Smile
well for the live cd, i'l have a look and ask on irc, maybe there's a way to bypass it !
for your url, Rael9, unfotrunately, it doesn't seem to work, i'll try again later !

Do try that URL again, MacOSHints was down earlier this morning. The URL does worked just now before I posted this.

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the url finally worked ! but

the url finally worked !
but i think it's a linux problem, i asked on linux forums and wait for the answer Smile