Help with display settings needed urgently

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by whale123, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. whale123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2012
    Graphics and icons that are supposed to be round appear oval. For instance the Safari and App icons on the dock appear very oval. Logos on websites I've visited before and I know are round appear oval.

    I've tried all display settings and nothing helps. I'm a designer and this is causing a major hinderance. Everything appears condenced / squashed sideways. I'd be very grateful if someone could help with this.

    I've just purchased the laptop. I have been using Mac for a few years and I've always selected the "stretched" option from the Display settings which sorted out the problem completely. A circle looked a proper circle. But in this version the option is not available.

    Badly hoping someone can help with this.


    System Details - MacBook Air OS X Lion 10.7.4
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You should always choose the highest resolution on the list, which will be the native resolution. Just on a hunch, do you have an external display connected? If so, and it's mirroring your internal, sometimes that will result in a stretched image. In general, you don't want to choose the "stretched" resolutions if you want everything to appear correctly, not the other way around.

    If your computer still doesn't display correctly, try Resetting the SMC.


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