iMac 8.1 vs Windows 7 Video Display

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by HadItWithWindow, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. HadItWithWindow macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2008
    I have an iMac 8.1 early 2008 24" that came with Leopard. I upgraded to Snow. The display resolution is driving me carzy. I used Bootcamp to partition between Mac and Windows7.

    Win 7 32 bit recommends 1920x1200. This results in tiny fonts. I can increase the display by using +200 (lower right of web page) but the tool bars and such are still tiny.

    If I use 1920x1200 it barely fills half the screen. My display is ADI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT Driver Ver 8.681.0.0 if this helps clarify.

    What is the recommended display for Win 7 using iMac 24" and does it affect both the windows side and mac side automatically? IOW, if I adjust the screen resolution in Windows7 when I boot in Mac does the resolution remain what I set in Windows 7 or are they separate display settings?

    What do you use and recommend? 1280 x800 is still small. I want to fill the screen yet be able to view the page width without scrolling when on sites like Yahoo, Google, forums, etc. I use Google Chrome, Firefox and sometimes, but rarely, Safari.

    I just logged on to Yahoo Mail and it said my screen resolution (1920x1200) wouldn't work and best to reset to 1024x780. This really distorts the screen and squishes it.

  2. Giuly macrumors 68040


    1920x1200 is it's native resolution, that's what it uses in Mac OS X. What you want to adjust is the DPI/PPI-setting, the Dots/Pixels per Inch. The iMac 24" has 94 PPI at 1920x1200 in theory, if you don't like the default windows setting of 96 DPI, set it to 120. Everything gets larger but stays crisp.

    And for Yahoo Mail, file a complaint or get your mails via POP/IMAP, or use gmail.

  3. HadItWithWindow thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2008

    I change the DPI to 150% and it works very well on Google Chrome. The top tool bar is a bit squished but overall it is 100% improvement. Thanks.

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