Disable your touch-sensitive switch 

My 17" Apple Studio Monitor has started to play up recently. The Display switch suddenly lights up, and the System Preference Panel pops up out of nowhere to the front of screen. Most annoying. I suspected an USB problem, but it seems it is linked to a harware problem that occured in the first generation of 17" (and Cubes) that where produced. The switch and cell need to be changed all together.

Roaming around MacOSXHints I found the tip I was looking for. Back in Mac OS 9, you could disable the switch through the Control Panel. I thought that feature had disappeared in Mac OS X. Wrong. It is only hidden.

Hold the shift and command keys while opening the Display panel, or pressing on the front button, and a hidden tab will appear with a checkbox to disable the switches.

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