Display Resolution?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rohopish, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. rohopish macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2006
    Hello Fellow Mac Users!

    I am a recent switcher (5 months and counting) and absolutely love my 1.42 GHz Mac Mini! OS X is awesome and there are very few things that bug me about it (e.g. Windows users, even after accustomed to using Tiger, keep asking me where the heck the File menu is! GRRR!). Anyway, as most of you probably know the Mac Mini has a 32 MB graphics card (not that much, but I still love my computer!) and when you first buy a Mac with OS X preinstalled the default resolution is 1024x768. Now here's my problem with 1024x768 display resolution: 1) My 17' LCD display (it isn't an Apple display) best configuration for crisp and clearness is 1280x1024. 2) I like LOTS of screen space and at 1280x1024, I'm quite satisfied.

    My question to you is: can my little Mac Mini with a 32 MB video card take on a 1280x1024 display resolution or should I take it back down to 1024x768? Also (if you'd like), tell me your Mac make and your display resolution. Thanks!

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    1280 x 1024 is fine on the Mac Mini. It'll be a little sluggish if you have a ton of windows open on screen. Then again it's not a multi-tasking power house.

    I have a 64 MB video card split across two Dell 17" LCD's and Exposé and Dashboard are fast and responsive.
  3. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    The Mac Mini can DEFINITELY power 1280x1024 and much higher as well, if the monitor supports it!

    Since your LCD does, go to system preferences-->displays and choose the highest resolution you can.
  4. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    My 12" PB with a 32Mb GFX card will drive its own 1024x768 LCD and a 1680x1050 20.1" external display at the same time. So the answer is: yes!
  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The Mac mini can drive the Apple 23" Cinema Display HD at 1920x1200, granted it's a little choppy at that size but it should drive 1280x1024 with no problems.

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