Macbook 4,1 to HDMI resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by utgjon, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. utgjon macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Hi Guys,

    Might be a silly question, but I'm going to be connecting my macbook to my Panasonic 32" HDTV.

    The macbook has a mini-DVI port rather than the newer mini-displayport...and I'm aware of the relevant connectors needed.

    My question really relates to what resolution will result? Or rather what, through any means necessary can be achieved? Ideally, i'm looking to use the tv as a display unit for graphic production and audio i'd like a high-resolution akin to that of the new 27in iMac.

    What do you think is possible?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Read the specs for your specific TV to find the maximum resolution. It's most likely something like 1920 x 1080. The 27" iMac, on the other hand is 2560 x 1440. So no, you won't get the same resolution.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The highest that's possible is the resolution of your tv, which is at most 1920x1080, not the 2560x1440 of the 27" ACD. It could be 1366x768 if you have a 720p model also.
  4. utgjon thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    It's 1080p, so 1920x1080...i've currently got a mac mini hooked up to an lcd tv, and it's got quite a lot of horizontal distortion...will that be the case again?
  5. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Yes. That resolution has close to 2x the horizontal resolution as the vertical resolution.

    However, I would stay far away from using a TV as your monitor for graphic work. TVs are not designed to be used for this purpose and, unless that work will never be viewed on anything but a TV, you will get skewed results because of the TV's internal bias in terms of color and contrast. For audio, of course, you should be fine since the visual has nothing to do with it.
  6. dime21 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    1920 x 1200 is the maximum resolution that dvi is capable of. which is fine, since your tv will be 1920 x 1080 at most. but be aware that if you wanted to use a larger display, that you cannot. dvi cannot do more than 1920 x 1200. this is a dvi limitation (nothing to do with apple). to go higher, you need dual-link dvi, or displayport.

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