Re: Mac and Windows machines mean business

Subject: Re: Mac and Windows machines mean business
From: Chris Gooch <chris -dot- gooch -at- rocketmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:12:37 +0100 (BST)


Ruth asked:
+++Can you connect an external monitor to the Mac and extend the desktop onto it?
Seems that larger Macs had the extended desktop before PCs did, but I'm not sure
about their laptops...+++
Yes, that works fine. Just bear in mind new-ish Mac laptops only have a 'mini displayport' connection though, so you'll need a special cable or adaptor to connect mini displayport to dvi or hdmi. I found a suitable cable on Amazon for half the price of the adaptor from Apple.
Someone else asked about multi-touch gestures not working on Windows on Mac - works for me, I'm using Windows 7 64 bit on a 20 month old MacBook right now, and two finger swipe on the trackpad does scrolling. I set Windows up using Boot Camp - if you've done this and it's not working for you then maybe you're missing some drivers? Apple supply driver updates, but if you have a relatively old Mac then the Boot Camp on your boot DVD may not have the latest drivers - you can download them from Apple (Boot Camp Update is what you want).
You may, or may not, find what I wrote in my blog about this helpful:  :)
http://hangingwater.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/adventures-in-boot-camp/
hth,
Chris Gooch,
Software developer / technical writer,Sheffield, UK.





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