external display resolution?

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  1. greendragon macrumors regular

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    just got the new dell SE198WFPF 19 inch Silver monitor for use with my macbook. what is the best resolution to use? so far nothing i've tried has worked too well. any advice for me? thanks
     
  2. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    Use the native resolution of the monitor, which seems to be 1400x900.

    edit: is it me, or is this a bizarre resolution?
     
  3. greendragon thread starter macrumors regular

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    i'm using the 1400x900 but the text is very small. when i change the resolution, text seems blury.

    thanks
     
  4. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    Everything will seem blurry at a resolution lower than native on an LCD display, because everything is stretched over the same amount of physical pixel elements in the panel--what takes up a pixel at 1400x900 takes up 1.x pixels at a lower res.

    Basically, things start taking up additional fractions of pixels and the result is a blur.
     
  5. greendragon thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    For now, get used to small text or blurry screen. :eek: Leopard is going to address this problem with something called resolution independence.
     
  7. greendragon thread starter macrumors regular

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    if i would have bought an apple monitor, would i still have these issues?
     
  8. HSCmatt macrumors newbie

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    Are you running in mirrored mode? If so it could be because the Macbook is automatically reducing the resolution. Try closing the Macbook and then waking it up by pressing play on the Apple remote and see if it helps any.
     
  9. greendragon thread starter macrumors regular

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    yep, mirrored mode, the macbook lid is open but screen is off.
     
  10. greendragon thread starter macrumors regular

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    also, in order for the external monitor to work correctly, imo, the macbook screen must be turned off. if not, my external only shows the macbook resolution, not the 1440x900. why is this?

    thanks
     
  11. greendragon thread starter macrumors regular

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    kind of annoying always opening and closing the lid.
     

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