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MacbookPro6,2 running Mac OS Lion 10.7.2 attempting to run a DVD fullscreen on an external monitor. My laptop display is primary, but I would like the DVD to run fullscreen on the External (a lovely 23"-er).

I'm fine with using VLC if that's necessary, but I prefer to not make the external monitor my primary display. #ihateyoumissioncontrol

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Related: – daviesgeek Jan 24 '12 at 19:17
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You need to run VLC.

In VLC, go to the Video menu and the Fullscreen Video Device menu and choose which screen you want to use for fullscreen video playback.

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Incidentally, VLC will fullscreen on whatever display that it is running. – gWaldo Dec 28 '11 at 2:04
you want to accept this answer since it provided what you were asking? – tkone Dec 30 '11 at 18:47
I thought that I had. Rectified... – gWaldo Dec 30 '11 at 20:04
gracias señor! 1..2..3.. – tkone Dec 31 '11 at 1:32

Another option is to mirror the display to the second monitor. I did this in a pinch the other day when I stumbled upon this wonderful, ahem, feature of Apple's DVD Player

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