1440 x 900 over VGA?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BothBarsOn, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. BothBarsOn macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    Quick one: how come my MacBook can use my Samsung 932GW monitor's native resolution of 1440 x 900 over DVI but not VGA? 1440 x 900 just doesn't show up in System Preferences as an option.

    Is there a workaround? I'd like to use the monitor's DVI port to hook up a PS3 (HDMI/DVI) in case you were wondering ...

    Thanks in advance - hope someone can help!
     
  2. ryan42 macrumors 6502

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    I am fairly sure that widescreen resolutions are not supported over VGA.

    Edit: That's way wrong. I just remembered for four years I used a 24" Sony GDM-FW900 over VGA at 2304x1440 on my G4. Is the Mac detecting the monitor/showing you the model number in the Displays system preference?
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Does your monitor support VGA or are you using a converter?

    Try using SwitchResX and forcing the resolution. Look up the timings too so you don't mess those up.
     
  4. BothBarsOn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone. Switchresx did the trick. Now I just have to decide if I can live with a VGA quality MacBook picture ...
     
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Why not just use DVI? Do you need DVI on the Sony screen for something else?
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i run vga from my macbook at that res

    and ive tried dvi too, cant really tell a difference if thats worth anything
     

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