iBook Res Limit

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by WaxTheories, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

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    Is there a hack to increase the resolution on my 12" iBook?

    Yeah.. not much more to say... lol
     
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    Xephian

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    No, that's not possible.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Yes, use the screen mirror hack and plug in an external screen.:p
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, that's what I've been told before. Thought I'd ask anyways.

    Is it a limitation in the hardware or just a switch in OSX itself (like the screen spanning doctor)?
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    LCD's have a limit to what resolution they can display.
     
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    TodVader

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    I know this isint like changing the resolution but you can make everything smaller! (Text, Icons, Dock, Everything!) that will simulate to a point a resolution increase.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Buy another powerbook and duct tape it to the side of your powerbook. :D

    As for your second question...what causes the limitation. Are you familiar with the basic way an LCD screen works? The number of pixels is fixed. This is true of every LCD from every manufacturer used on every kind of device, as far as I know. You can display lower resolutions than the number of hardware pixels, and it will map these resolutions onto the screen, but you can't go higher.

    So the only way for a powerbook to have a higher internal LCD resolution than it has now is to put a different screen in it.

    This is also true for non-Apple notebook computers and desktop LCD screens.
     
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    johnnyjibbs

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    If there was a hack to increase the iBook's resolution, I think Apple would be singing and dancing about the fact, as it would be a major selling point! :p Like the others have said, the max resolution is fixed by the number of LCD pixels. Certainly wishful thinking though. :)
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    How about... the menu bar? :D
     

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