External monitor woes

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  1. Kingofdust, Jul 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012

    Kingofdust macrumors newbie

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    So I got the new MacBook pro retina, and I absolutely love it. Except it doesn't like to play nice with my LG external monitor.

    I went to hook it up through the hdmi connection like I do on my windows laptops and the screen is really fuzzy and the color looks very washed out. So I have done some searching and couldn't really find a fix that accounts for both the fuzziness and the color washed out. So any help on this would be appreciated.

    The monitor is a 1 year old 23 inch led 1920x1080 made by LG. it looks so amazing on my windows laptop but the apple makes it look horrible.


    My second question is: will apps like Lightroom 4 that are not retina optimized and look bad on the retina work perfectly on the external monitor once I get it running right?
     
  2. sutherland macrumors newbie

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    Only thought would be to check the monitor's overscan settings, but as for your Lightroom question the answer is yes. When a window is on the retina display is attempts to load retina graphics (or scale when they're unavailable) and when the window is on the non-retina display it loads everything as if it weren't a retina display.
     
  3. darkprints macrumors newbie

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    Set your display prefs to side-by-side, and not mirrored.
     
  4. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

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    make sure it's not defaulting to 1080i over 1080p as well....

    you may want to try the app switchresx and create an output profile for your monitor's resolution/refresh rate if it's not properly detected in system preferences > displays

    seemed to work for this guy w/ what seems to be same issue:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-1200526.html
     
  5. theSeb macrumors 604

    theSeb

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    Go into display settings and make sure that the refresh rate and the resolution is correct for the monitor and also switch off mirroring, if it's turned on. I connect to a Dell 2412 and it's perfect, even though I connect in a convoluted way. rMBP --> HDMI --> HDMI to DVI-D adaptor --> monitor
     

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