Black bars on external samsung screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wardloockx, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. wardloockx macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I bought myself an macbook pro 13" laptop, but having some problems with connecting to external monitor (samsung syncmaster 2443nw). I've seen that there are a lot of topics about it, but no really solutions. Maybe you guys know...

    Well I have the monitor connected trough VGA cable. When I select my resolution 1920x1200, I get 2 black bars on the sides. Looks like the monitor is in 4:3 instead of 16:9. The monitor is in extended mode (not mirroring). I cant see any settings within the screen itself that solves the problem. Changing to other resolutions keeps giving these black sides....

    Any toughts?
     
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I had the same problem when I first connected with a VGA cable. I went and bought a dual link DVI to DVI cable with the Apple MDP to DVI adaptor. That immediately made my MBP set the resolution to 1080p and the black bars were gone.
     
  3. wardloockx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the fast reply. The problem is that the monitor only has VGA connections...
     
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    What are you using to watch these videos? I know some of my DVDs will show on my MBP with black bars on all four sides unless I rip the DVD using Handbrake.

    I also have a Samsung monitor and on shows such as the Office, I don't get any bars on the top or bottom. The video fills the entire screen at 1080p with oversampling on.
     
  5. wardloockx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's not when watching videos... It's just the whole mac os x desktop (extended with this monitor) that show on the screen with black bars (left-right)....
     
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Wow. I just assumed it was while watching videos because some people tend to complain about those bars.

    What size monitor is this? Have you also gone to the Samsung site and downloaded the correct driver? You shouldn't have to with OSX, I never had to with mine. No matter what though, it is because the monitor has VGA only. I'm positive that with one that has DVI, your problems would be fixed.

    I'm not sure anyone can help with this.
     

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