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Hi All,

I switched all of 24hrs ago to my shiny new 17" mbp running snow leopard. I bought the optional dvi adapter so that i could rig up one of my sony monitors as an external display. I can't believe how easy and intuitive everything is on the mac.

Then installing everything i had bought, cs4, office 2008, and a few choice downloads, Firefox, skype, filezilla etc, now it's time for some work.

Then i noticed a very strange anomaly, which must be something i'm doing as a noob, but its driving me crazy.

I open up entourage on my mac screen, then open up firefox on my external monitor, Entourage then prompty minimizes?? I open up entourage and the Firefox minimizes, etc etc. It's driving me crazy, it's like i can only use one screen at a time??? What am i doing wrong??

Please help!

Rich
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ahhhh, that's what spaces is! doh!
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Hi All,

I switched all of 24hrs ago to my shiny new 17" mbp running snow leopard. I bought the optional dvi adapter so that i could rig up one of my sony monitors as an external display. I can't believe how easy and intuitive everything is on the mac.

Then installing everything i had bought, cs4, office 2008, and a few choice downloads, Firefox, skype, filezilla etc, now it's time for some work.

Then i noticed a very strange anomaly, which must be something i'm doing as a noob, but its driving me crazy.

I open up entourage on my mac screen, then open up firefox on my external monitor, Entourage then prompty minimizes?? I open up entourage and the Firefox minimizes, etc etc. It's driving me crazy, it's like i can only use one screen at a time??? What am i doing wrong??

Please help!

Rich
Rich,

If I understand things correctly...try going to:

Apple Menu > System Preferences > Displays

You may need to turn off display mirroring...if that doesn't fix things, try some of the other settings.

Like you said...doing things with a Mac is pretty easy...and usually is pretty easy to figure out.

Hope this helps,

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ahhhh, that's what spaces is! doh!
I guess that means you figured things out?

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