Photoshop: Colour shifts when switching to fullscreen mode (CS5, Mac 10.7)

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Hi there,
My problem began a few days ago when I exported some photos from Lightroom and began opening them in Photoshop. I'm working on a Macbook pro so I use an external NEC monitor for most editing. So now when I have an image open in Photoshop and I hit the 'f' key to got to full screen mode, the colour suddenly goes all wrong (like a wrong colour profile). It appears to be a display problem as I can save changes to an image where the colour has been messed up, and when I reopen it the colours are correct again. The problem persists with an open image no matter what I do once it has happened until I close the image. So pressing 'f' again until I get back to the regular window doesn't correct it. I use fullscreen mode a lot so this is very frustrating. And the wrong colour issue has begun to happen intermittently in Bridge too when dragging from the laptop screen to the external screen too now. I haven't been able to make it happen with any web browsers or other programs like Preview which display images.

Tech specs:
Mac OSX 10.7.3
Macbook Pro 15" model 6,2 core i7 2 core
Lightroom 3.6
Photoshop 12.0.4
external monitor NEC 2690WUXi2 with spectraview II calibration
all latest os and photoshop updates were installed before problem began, and subsequent updates have not resolved it.

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Tim Langlotz

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I just updated to MacOS Mojave and started to have the same problem. And news regarding a solution? Oleg's workaround does solve the issue, but of course I need my first monitor to be calibrated too. In any case, thank you, Oleg. 
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Go to the color profile both of monitors and set the same color-profile and you'll get the happyness.