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No connection for my Vonage phone

I have been talking to various FixYa personnel for almost 48 hrs without resolution of my problem. If you cannot solve it do I get my money back but before I ask for that can I use your help in getting an outside professional help? Unhappy Doug Turnbull (doulasturnbull@bellsouth.net)

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    Kevin O'Brien May 11, 2010

    Hi doug.  Most of us are not FixYa "personnel."  We're regular folks, who don't get paid, who try to help other folks.


    Anyway, when you say "no connection," do you mean that you can't physically plug the device in?  Give us a little more detail, and I'll try to help.

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I have macs and four vonage phones. I am sure I can help, but I do need all the information. How do you have it connected, what is your current provider, and how do you have your network set up in your home?
Are you using wireless?
That is where I would start. Vonage, doesn't like wireless. It needs to be plugged directly into a hard line or box that is connected into a wall. (Learned this the hard way).

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Stop one mac screen from becoming multiple screens


Mirroring displays the same image on each display.
  1. Make sure your additional display is properly connected and powered on.
  2. From the Apple (?) menu, choose System Preferences.
  3. From the View menu, choose Displays.
  4. Click the Arrangement tab.
  5. Enable (check) "Mirror Displays" in the bottom-left corner.
In the example below. the blue boxes represent each display that is connected. The white bar at the top of both boxes represents your menu bar and is shown on both displays when they are showing the same information.
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When mirroring, your Mac attempts to match the closest resolution between the primary (or built-in) and secondary displays.
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The usable resolution is the closest matching resolution for both the primary and secondary display. If you choose a resolution that is not supported on both displays, OS X reverts to using the closest matching resolution.
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Extended desktop With extended desktop, your displays are treated as one, continuous desktop.
  1. Make sure each display is properly connected and powered on.
  2. From the Apple (?) menu, choose System Preferences.
  3. From the View menu, choose Displays.
  4. Click the Arrangement tab.
  5. Disable (uncheck) "Mirror Displays".
In the Displays pane of System Preferences, each blue box represents a display that is currently connected. The size of each box is relative to the current resolution of the display it represents. In the example pictured below, the larger box on the left represents an Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display, while the smaller box on the right is the built-in display of a 13" MacBook Air (Color LCD).
The white bar at the top of the left blue box represents the menu bar you see at the top of your display. Menu bar placement determines which display is treated as the primary display in OS X. To change your primary display, click and drag the white bar from one blue box to another.
You can also drag any of the blue boxes to change a display's represented location. Use this feature to make sure the connected displays match their real world location when navigating your desktop.
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As shown below, each display retains its maximum resolution setting as they are operating as individual displays showing a continuous desktop.
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lion_choose_max_resolution_.pngPress Command-F1 to toggle between video mirroring and extended desktop
Press Command-F2 to detect displays

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Black and white or negative screen resolution in Mac OS X


A black and white display, or negative screen resolution, is an issue which can occur within the various Mac OS X system versions ranging from Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.6.

It can appear as an anomaly which can leave a Mac User dumbfounded, not sure what is going on.

At one time your screen is normal like this, but then somehow,

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the screen changes into this strange negative, inverted screen.

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So how does this occur?

The answer is more simple than you think.

An inverted screen like the one you see in the screen shot above, is not actually an anomaly, or the result of some sudden strange happenstance. What's more, chances are, this occurred because of what you did.

Its an easy fix however, because the only way your Mac OS X desktop screen can turn into a negative or black and white resolution, from its normal color resolution, is if a setting within your Mac OS X system has been modified.

To return your screen back to the normal color resolution, follow these steps:

* Click on the Apple menu icon, located on the upper left corner of your Mac OS X desktop screen.

* From the drop down menu, select System Preferences.

* Within System Preferences, select the pane (in System Preferences, Apple references all icons as "panes") entitled "Universal Access".

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Quick Note About Universal Access:
The reason this System Preferences pane is known as"Universal Access", is due to the purposes Apple designed it for. If you notice the image for this pane above, this symbol for this feature, is similar to a placard or sign you would see on a car license plate, parking space, door or building, for an individual who has a disability or is handicapped.

Universal Access was designed to enhance features like Voice-over speech (your Mac talks to you), screen size, display settings, keyboard and mouse settings for those Mac users who are vision impaired, hearing impaired and /or physically disabled.
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* For the next steps in the process:

Click on the Universal Access pane.
If you look in the screen shot, under Display, you will see that the current setting is "White on Black".

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Click on the radio button entitled "Black on White"
and this is the window you will see:

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Back to normal!

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That is all it takes, to return your desktop screen resolution back to normal.

This is why you were suggested as the probable cause" for your desktop screen to go into Inverted mode. Chances are you may have been in System Preferences, clicked on the Universal Access pane, and in exploring settings, may have clicked the Display setting and the
White on Black radio button, causing the screen to go into
the inverted mode or change in gray scale.

Another theory could be that you may have accidentally pressed the Ctrl-Alt-Apple Command keys on your keyboard, combined with either < > keys, depending on if you were in process of' increasing or decreasing contrast on your Mac's screen or display.

The true purpose of the inverted screen mode or change in gray scale, is to aid Mac Users who may be sensitive to the bright normal colors, that you and I see on the standard Mac OS X display screen, due to poor or failing vision.

So now that your screen is back to normal, if you should see an inverted display, or screen that resembles a negative resolution, like that of a photo negative, you know how to correct this issue.

For more information on Universal Access, click here.

Regards,

- Mactechtrainer

on Feb 08, 2010 | Mac Desktops

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Image on screen not working properly


Hi Jordan,

Well, sounds like either your screen is dead or at the wrong resolution. When you connect the other screen, can you change the resolution to something like 1024 X 768 then reconnect the problem screen.. if you have the same problem.. it's kaput...

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My monitor on a macintosh Gf is black since setting the resolution toohigh. What can I type in or do to get the resolution to decrease even though I cannot ee the scren as it is black? Thanks, Rochelle...


You could try resetting the PRAM which resets various things to default status. You do this by holding down the following 4 keys together "cmd" "option" "P" "R" at the startup sound, keep them held down until it restarts and keep holding them down until you hear the startup sound 2 more times and then let go.

If that does not work try booting up in safe mode by holding down the shift key at startup and then when it boots up change the resolution to one that works and then restart.

Hope this helps.

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To connect a ion PIC2PC ot a imac Mac OSX with in the USB-port. I have installed CrossOver and drivers from the packet, it is connected, but my mac cant


Hi. You won't locate the scanner using Finder - the same as you can't find a printer.
Scanners normally only show up when the software that uses them calls for them. I think, however, the problem may be Crossover. Crossover is a brilliant application and it runs most windows apps without too much hassle - it does appear though that it has problems talking to USB connected devices.
I have spent an hour or so this even ing trying to connect an energy recording device via USB but the windows software can't seem to find it.

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Imac to jvc


Hi. A couple of things to try.
Switch everything off. Make sure your connections are sound then switch on the TV. Then switch on the mac. With luck the system should sort itself out. However, I have heard of others who have had nothing but grief trying to get similar arrangements to work.Normally ther Mac does it's own thinking, works out what is at the other end and puts up the display without any problems - other than the picture width being invariably wrong until you find the correct size.
There are no drivers to download - the issue is generally that the TV is not reporting back to the computer the correct resolution and scan rates.
You may have to dive deeper into the TV's menus to locate the means of altering the parameters.

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On my i mac i can talk on skype thru my headphones but it wont let me talk without them, so was wondering what went wrong?It was working before..


holding option while clicking on the volume icon (speaker) will bring up a small menu, make sure the 'input device' is the internal microphone.
if that doesn't work go to System Preferences -> Sound -> Input and select Internal microphone, it might need to be turned up. From that screen it can be tested to make sure it's functioning and picking up sound

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When I mirror my eMac on my Toshiba LCD HDTV through VGA, TV says signal is not compatible.


set your resolution all the way down and try it again..... only some resolutions are compatible on that tv, but without the model number, i couldnt tell you which.....just find one that works and work your way up from there....
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Resolution issue Acer V223w


Hi, I'm sorry to hear you are having trouble....
THis is a tricky one. My first step would be to connect another screen to your G5 and connect your V223w to another Mac... Are you able to do this, do you have access to another system, could even be a PC ( in the worst case )
Ideally, having 2 screens connected to your G5 would be the best situation.
THis way, with one working screen, you can attempt to modify the resolution and refresh rates on the V223w from the good screen, be sure to activate screen mirroring, otherwise you will not have access to the other window of monitors system preferences.
If you can get two monitors connected and mirroring is not an option, then either your monitor is KAPUT or the video card secondary port is KAPUT, try switching the port of the card your displays are connected to. I think they are both DVI ports. If the opposite screen is now working, then you know it's the port on the video card.
Hope this will get you through it.

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