Increase resolution on non-retina iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bobsaget123, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. bobsaget123 macrumors member

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    I have a 27'' non-retina iMac and a new 12'' MacBook. I recently increased the resolution on my Macbook beyond factory standards using the method described in this thread, and it is great:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/scale-1680x1050-on-rmb-without-an-app.1873910/

    Has anybody tried doing this for a non-retina iMac? Was wondering if it would 1. be functional and 2. actually be desirable/worth doing.

    Thanks
     
  2. steve23094 macrumors 68000

    steve23094

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    You can't. Your maximum resolution is 2560*1440.

    The method outlined in that post accesses the HiDPI modes on a Retina screen that are not easily available to a typical user. Apps such as Display Menu achieve the same thing in a simple format.
     
  3. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

    xmichaelp

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    Even if you could do it it would look awful displaying an effective resolution higher than the actual resolution of the display.
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

    redheeler

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    On a Retina display, the smaller pixels and HiDPI means it's hardly noticeable, since 1 HiDPI pixel is still larger than an actual pixel on the display. On a non-retina display, while possible using an app such as Display Menu, it would have a much greater impact on display quality.
     

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