Could QuickRes hurt my Retina MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PatriotInvasion, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

    PatriotInvasion

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    I was curious to see what my 13" rMBP would look like at full pixel resolution (2560x1600) so I downloaded the QuickRes app recommended by Macworld.

    QuickRes isn't made by an approved developer but I downloaded it anyway.

    My question is whether running my rMBP at resolutions that exceed what Apple builds in to System Preferences can somehow hurt my computer? Like could it fry out the integrated graphics card or something?

    While I can see why Apple doesn't think it's necessary to allow you to run at 2560x1600 (everything is super tiny), I could use it in some scenarios where I want all that space. So, could I do any damage in doing so?:confused:
     
  2. Benjic macrumors regular

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    Doubtful that it would hurt your MacBook. The display is running in 2560X1600 anytime you look at it, it just scales the graphics to accommodate it. Running it in a non-scaled mode won't hurt any more than a scaled resolution.
     
  3. PatriotInvasion thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So what about choosing 1920x1200? That is a scaled res that OS X's System Preferences doesn't go up to. Is it just that Apple thinks even that res is too small for meaningful use or that the computer can't handle scaling that high?
     
  4. ScholarsInk macrumors regular

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    1920 x 1200 is a lower resolution than the 2560 x 1600 that the computer normally runs at, anyway.
     
  5. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    It's doubtful that anything can hurt your rMBP because it isn't an animal. It's a laptop.
     
  6. PatriotInvasion thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Why does QuickRes have these warnings built in to the app?

    About section
    "The creators are not liable for any damage caused by this program."


    And, when clicking the "Enable HiDPI Mode" button, it says:

    Hey, be careful! Hope you know what you're doing because the makers are not held responsible. You proceed at your own risk. May the force be with you.

    What does this mean???
    :confused::eek:
     
  7. Maggot FF macrumors member

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    That the creators like a little Star Wars joke every now and then..?

    But seriously, it will be ok. The developers write that stuff just in case anything happens, so that they can't be held responsible for it. If against all odds your Mac overheats, it will shut itself off.
     
  8. PatriotInvasion thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just uninstalled the app. For one, it caused my Mac to forget the location of the wallpaper. I also saw on the developer's Twitter feed that they are trying to get the app in the Mac App Store. I'll wait until that version comes out and Apple has them work out any back end kinks.

    Besides. The built-in scaled 1680x1050 res is probably the best compromise between space and usability anyway.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    THat's called legally covering their asses, nothing will happen to your computer.
     
  10. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    It's all so scary sometimes. :confused:
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    all it sounds like it is doing is letting you change the resolution similar to how it is done on nonretina mbps.
     
  12. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Ding Ding Ding. The winner!
    It is perfectly safe to run at any supported resolution. Apple obfuscates what "supported" is by giving you their "suggestions" in the sys prefs. The devs are only writing SW that allows to circumvent Apple's opinion.
     
  13. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    Actually, running HiDPI, 1920*1200 is actually rendered at 3840*2400 so it is substantially more.

    On the other hand, I'm running RDM (RetinaDisplayMenu) and have no issues.

    There is nothing you can damage with these apps.
     
  14. ScholarsInk macrumors regular

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    Since HiDPI wasn't mentioned, I wasn't sure.
     
  15. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    No idea how QuickRes handles things
     
  16. ScholarsInk, Jan 28, 2013
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    ScholarsInk macrumors regular

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    Who? I've used QuickRes and 1920x1200 (non HiDPI) is an option.
     
  17. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    ah, then yes. I just use RDM, good enough for me. NonHiDPI modes do look crappy.
     
  18. ScholarsInk macrumors regular

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    I haven't used them in OS X, but I've found that in Windows at least both 1920x1200 and 1680x1050 look no worse than their native counterparts.
     
  19. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    They should actually look softer, i think retinas have interpolation turned on by default.
     
  20. ScholarsInk macrumors regular

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    They do, but it's not actually that noticeable.
     

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