Screen Spanning Doctor
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Screen Spanning Doctor is intended to unlock extended desktop and "closed lid" mode features of the graphics hardware in some Macs (iBook, iMac, eMac).

There is a list of supported computers on this page.

From the Read Me: "DO NOT USE THIS PROGRAM ON ANY PowerMac OR Powerbook OR ANY OTHER Mac IT IS NOT INTENDED TO BE USED WITH AND MAKE SURE TO READ THE WHOLE README"
What's New
Version 0.3.3 is now Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger compatible.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later







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Notimetoulouse reviewed on 04 Oct 2010
I have a 3rd generation emac running 10.4.11 with 1gb of ram, and a 12" G4 ibook, 10.5.8, both linked by vga adapter to a 19" Dell monitor and this workround works like a charm on both.
There is one massive caveat for all emac users - this script will give you the new facility in Display preferences to have a 90% rotation of your second monitor, if your monitor supports that function.
DON'T CHOOSE IT!!! eMacs don't support rotation. Period.
Having scoured the forums for bad press prior to installing this, the one big area of concern is actually choosing this rotation function on setup, which in 99% of cases has led to total screen weirdness and lack of functionality.You will then only be able to reset your displays back to normal by finding the two apple windowserver plist files, deleting them, and then restarting.
That said, if you can stop yourself ticking the 'rotate' box on startup, you will be rewarded with one of the best pieces of production software available for the Mac.
My displays are sorted.......now, about the fan on my emac that never, ever, turns off....
[Version 0.3.3]


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ultratran commented on 07 Dec 2008
ATTENTION:this patch is not supported on all G3 white iBooks, particularly on 2004 models with the video config below, and the script author has locked down his forum:

Chipset Model: ATY,RageM3
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
Slot: ATI
VRAM (Total): 8 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x4c46
Revision ID: 0x0002
ROM Revision: 113-XXXXX-125
Displays:
Color LCD:
Display Type: LCD
Resolution: 1024 x 768 @ 75 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Built-In: Yes
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Not Supported
[Version 0.3.3]


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CJinCBUS commented on 04 Jan 2008
THIS IS A MUST HAVE!! I just got a 19 inch Samsung SyncMaster 920NW for Christmas and now I can FINALLY use it! I have an iBook G4, and when I plugged the Samsung into it, the screen proportions gave me a headache. Reading the manual made me depressed because Apple said that the maximum screen resolution is 1024 X 768. This download is like saying the hell with that!
[Version 0.3.3]


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sig1 reviewed on 01 Nov 2007
Fantastic!!! Works like a charm! Now I can extend my 12" iBook onto my 20" flat-screen.
[Version 0.3.3]


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mrtotes commented on 02 Dec 2006
1680x1050 isn't supported on the PBG4 as such.

http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Hardware/Developer_Notes/Macintosh_CPUs-G4/PowerBook_G4Apr02/3Input-Output/index.html?http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Hardware/Developer_Notes/Macintosh_CPUs-G4/PowerBook_G4Apr02/3Input-Output/Digital_Dis_Resolutions.html

As the PBG4 supports Dual Displays SSD is the wrong application for you. You should try SwitchResX instead.
[Version 0.3.3]


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rm468 reviewed on 19 Oct 2006
Jaw-dropping!!! This patch is the best free thing I have ever downloaded. I buy a G5 imac and Apple disable the graphics card, they ought to be ashamed of themselves. I can now watch movies on my HDTV without having to burn a DVD and without it running on the imac display.
Fantastic.
[Version 0.3.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Nov 2005
Screen Spanning Doctor is a "must have" application for all Ibook owners.

But, there is another problem for all of us: Did you notice that when you have opened an application in a second-extended screen, then shut down your Mac, and restart it with 1 screen, the application remembers where it was opened (i.e. 2nd screen), and it's impossible to select it!!!???

If you do "exposé", you will see that the application is indeed opened, but you won't be able to place it back on the main screen!! A BIG APPLE OS X Bug!

I called Apple and they don't know the solution. "Detecting Displays" won't work. Relaunching Finder doesn't work either.

It's pretty upsetting, because it means that every time you leave home, you have to move back all applications on the main screen before shutting down the Mac (PowerBook).

I guess someone could write a little app that would automatically re-settle the coordinates of applications' screen to "centered window 1".

The contrary is true for Quicktime, which would systematically open a video window on top-left corner of main screen #1, not letting users decide where a QT window should open by default (when working with IMovie, FCE or DVDStudio Pro, it's upsetting to have this QT Window not "positionable" where you want.

If someone, or Screen Spanning Doctor's author, could fix these 2 Apple bugs, it would be a great service for the Apple community.
[Version 0.3.3]

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mrtotes replied on 26 Dec 2005
This thread on Apple Discussions explains how to write a tiny Apple Script to reset windo positions. I guess you could set this as a Start-Up item.
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Tomis replied on 03 Mar 2006
If a program remembers window positions and the author doesn't account for display changes. I would say that's an issue of poor programming. Not Apple's fault.

Try dumping the prefs of the app so it will forget the saved window positions.
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mjtomlin commented on 10 Apr 2006
There is actually a fairly easy way to get the window back...

1. Use Expose to select the window
2. Select 'Zoom' from the 'Window' menu
3. Move/Resize the window to update its position
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Sep 2005
Have just bought a new 14' ibook 1.42Ghz with ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 - 32MB and can't wait to install SSD, but haven't seen my ibook in the list of supported computers. Can I use the program? Many thanks!
[Version 0.3.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jul 2005
i agree....this is the greatest download i have got to update the mac.....i can have a movie or work on one screen and be doing totally different on the other....thank you thankyou thankyou...i've needed this for a while now
[Version 0.3.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Jun 2005
works fine on dell fpw2005
good work and tyvm
[Version 0.3.3]


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jepp had trouble on 10 Feb 2006
I've got a computer
Machine Model: PowerBook G4b (titanium)
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
CPU Speed: 550 MHz
I bought a new lcd screen 1650X1050
I want find how can I make my computer compatible with my screen.
TU
Regards
[Version 0.3.3]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:07 May 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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Screen Spanning Doctor is intended to unlock extended desktop and "closed lid" mode features of the graphics hardware in some Macs (iBook, iMac, eMac).

There is a list of supported computers on this page.

From the Read Me: "DO NOT USE THIS PROGRAM ON ANY PowerMac OR Powerbook OR ANY OTHER Mac IT IS NOT INTENDED TO BE USED WITH AND MAKE SURE TO READ THE WHOLE README"


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