connecting ibook to monitor = blah

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mac000, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. mac000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    i connected my ibook to my gateway lcd 17" monitor, and it just doesn't look very nice at all.

    i dont think it's the monitor, the gateway monitor looks good when its connected to the gateway tower.

    my question is, could it be the monitor? the adapter that comes with apple ibooks to let u connect allows only 24-bit collor, is this the reason that the picture looks kina weak?

    i was considering buying a imac17" maybe 20", but then i thought maybe i can just buy a 20" nice lcd display bc i dont run too many intensive app's, but now i'm reconsidering buying a display and having to buy an imac instead of a new display, bc the adapter only performs in 24-bit color and its crappy.

    does anyone else see this?
  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    The iBook only mirrors its display on external monitors, and its resolution is 1024x768. 17" LCD monitors are 1280x1024. Viewing any LCD monitor at other than its native resolution sucks.
  3. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    i tried using the screen spanning doctor-increasing the resolution and all, but its just that the color and appearence on the external monitor dont look anything close to my ibook...
  4. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    do people just not want to admit to this, or doesn't anyone have a problem?
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  6. newmaccanada macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    I have no probs. I use screen spanning dr. with ibook and samsumg syncmaster and it looks great. I love spanning and the ability to have 2 docs or programs active and open at the same time. :)
  7. mikemodena macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    I tried that last summer with my first iBook (1.2GHz) and I never used the iBook display.. I essentially turned it into a desktop. The iBook display is too dim. I find that even now with my new iBook if I have it open on the desk next to my 17" lcds hooked up to my PowerMac it's very dim.
  8. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    When I used a iBook with external display for several months, I never really liked it. I found it suffered from lack of VRAM.
  9. lizard79 macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2005
    I'm having the same problem and some friends of mine too. I don't know why, but the books (powerbooks are also effected) got a really poor colour output on external displays. We've tried several monitors and beamers and all showed the same problem - and sad but true: none of the windoof notebooks had this problem - even the cheapest ones..

    bye, hans
  10. jblock macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2006
    I tried using an external LCD monitor with my iBook G4 for a few days and didn't like it at all. Just couldn't get sharp enough and bugged my eyes out. Now I just have the iBook on an iCurve and that's good enough for me.
  11. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I personally feel the same way...connecting my iBook to my 17" LCD (1280x1024) isn't the best experience. VRAM wise, it's fine. I can even play some higher-end games on the LCD while spanning. However, the color just stinks. Yeah, I know you can adjust it and blah blah, but you never get it right, the iBook always looks better.

    I think the iBook just uses a pretty high quality, nice LCD. Everything looks so nice on it...<3
  12. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    hmm i see, my assumption is then it must be the adapter --> since it only allows 24bit color, am i correct?
  13. mrweirdo macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    hrm now Im wondering if i should cop a 12" ibook which i will hook to my 170 samsumg syncmaster T*something series LCD. Im sure i would be using the mac more then my desktop pc ;) I was gona go with the mac mini at first but then decided it would be worth it to spend a couple hundred more for something portable for school, whatnot, which is what i realy wanted in the begining anyways.

    * Wishes he could take his lcd into compusa, hook up to an ibook, apply the span hack, to see if it wont be bothersome :D
  14. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    I used my iBook on 3 screens including a Samsung 173T 17" and my Dell 2005FPW with the screen spanning hack. The iBook has one of the best VGA outputs i've ever used and all my screens looked great with it. Your problem is either a bad iBook or something wrong with your monitor.
    Windows uses 24bit colour just like OSX. Each RGB colour channel is 8bits which by 3 is 24bit. The extra 8bits are for alpha channels (making stuff see through). If you ever used Linux you'd note it uses a max of 24bit colour too. I never had a problem running 24-bit or 16bit colour with my converter.

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