I’m hoping that my GP colleagues can assist with this one…
I have a MacBook Pro 2021 14" with an M1 Pro chip, 16GB Ram and a terabyte SSD. I have two dongles hooked up to the USB C ports on the left side of the MacBook.
- A 12-port replicator with USB -C power passthrough
- An Apple branded USB-C to HDMI and USB-A adapter
The 12-port replicator has three HDMI ports, 1 USB C, 2 USB A 3.1, 2 USB A 2.0, VGA and Ethernet. I have an additional 4-port USB–3 adapter coming off of it.
I keep having strange issues with my USB peripherals and my external monitor.
I am mirroring my laptop screen to the external monitor so that I have a larger screen in a more convenient place while I’m programming in GP. The mouse will simply ‘disappear’ from the external screen, but still be visible on the laptop screen. This happens regardless of if I am using the external bluetooth mouse or the pad on the laptop itself. I’ve tried the usual suggestion of making the mouse cursor larger which apparently fixes this for some people, but not for me.
With regards to my USB peripherals, if I either restart the macbook or I power it off and then power it on later, some or all of my USB peripherals (NI S88, Roland FA07, Novation LaunchControl, Behringer XR18, PandaMidi MidiBeam, USB thumbdrive with my Waves licenses) simply ‘vanish’ from my configuration. I have to power off and then power on the peripherals for them to show back up. While I’m definitely liking the performance on the Mac, I have to say that my experience with peripherals is horrid compared to what I have been used to with Windows. This is not the only MacBook I own that I have had issues with both peripherals and external monitors, but they are different issues on every MacBook.
Any thoughts on how to alleviate these issues would be very appreciated.
Help me GP Mac community, you’re my only hope.