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Old Apr 15, 2008, 11:06 PM   #1
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Can a 15' MBP view at a higher res than 1440x900?

I was just wondering if there is any possible way that you can get the 15' models to view at a higher screen resolution other than 1440x900, or would it look like total crap!?
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Old Apr 15, 2008, 11:10 PM   #2
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That's impossible, unless you buy a new display and put it in.
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Old Apr 15, 2008, 11:51 PM   #3
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The LCD panel itself cannot display more then 1440x900. Some Windows machines will let you go with a larger resolution, but actually you still only see what the physical LCD maximum is - you can "pan around" to see the parts of the screen that extend beyond the physical resolution.

Not sure if a MBP allows that.
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Old Apr 15, 2008, 11:55 PM   #4
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I was just wondering if there is any possible way that you can get the 15' models to view at a higher screen resolution other than 1440x900, or would it look like total crap!?
No, that is there native and highest resolution. You can plug in an external monitor.
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An external monitor is the only way to go higher.
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they wouldn't call it that MAX RESOLUTION if it could go higher...
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Old Apr 16, 2008, 01:10 AM   #7
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Thanks for clearing that up, I think it's time for an external monitor!
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Old Apr 16, 2008, 02:07 AM   #8
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Well you can go and buy a WUXGA panel and replace the one in the MBP and you would end up with 1900x1200 in the 15-inch. You can also get a 2568x1600 as well.

The only issue:
1) They are S-IPS panels, which are very expensive (around $800 for the 1900x1200 and $2k for the 2568x1600--same resolution as the 30-inch LCDs)
2) They are CCFL, so you need to get an inverter card somehow.
3) They are thicker, so you need to modify the display housing to fit one.
4) Did I mention they are expensive?
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Is everyone else's monitor appear fuzzy, when you use any setting besides the highest resolution. I can't lower the resolution or the fonts are not very clear.
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Is everyone else's monitor appear fuzzy, when you use any setting besides the highest resolution. I can't lower the resolution or the fonts are not very clear.
You can replace the laptop image yourself on an older pre-LED MBP. There's threads on this forum, look for them! I've replaced my 15" screen with a compatible LG screen, and am working with 1920x1200 pixels... Looks great!
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:51 AM   #11
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I've used HP and DELL Laptops running XP/Vista at 1680x1050. They are nice, but not great. I put an HP 8430 w/ 1680x1050 next to an MBP w/ 1440x900, and the MBP looks sharper, to me at least...Oh, both had Matte displays, not the glossy.
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