The iMac drives the telly brilliantly - too brilliantly !
January 8, 2011 7:11 AM Subscribe
iMac is connected to the HD Telly but there are two issues ...
So taking advantage of the awesome pre Christmas sales here in the UK I snagged a very nice 37" HD telly at a seriously steep discount (60% off - whoot!). Purchased the necessary HDMI cables from the Apple Store on Regent Street and we're up and running fine.
Currently I've got a late 2006 iMac driving video only across to the telly, which suits up fine as the Mac has an external sound system (subwoofer and flat panel speakers). We can watch DVDs or stream content from LoveFilm without trouble and its a very sweet setup, but here are two relatively small problems that are driving me mad.
I keep the brightness very low on the iMac's internal display, as our lounge is kind of dark. Whenever we finish watching telly and power it off the iMac's displays flips to full on, 100% brightness. I'd like to find a way to stop that, if at all possible.
Second, while we're watching telly the iMac's internal display won't sleep. It I hot corner both the internal display as well as the telly blank. So effectively I'd like to disable the internal display while we're watching telly.
I'm not using display mirroring, rather the telly shows up as a desktop extension, but I've tired mirroring and it doesn't make a difference.
Any help that doesn't involve purchasing a new iMac would be appreciated (I got this iMac in 2006 at an awesome Apple sale, it works fine and I'd rather not replace it).