MacBook Pro 17" Resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by printf, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. printf macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2008
    I'm borrowing a friend's MBP 17" - it's the first Intel-based 2.16Ghz model
    the specs show a native resolution of 1680x1050 (, however his is only displaying at 1440x900 - the same as my 15"!

    he bought the laptop used with OS X 10.5 installed, so i don't know if there are any incompatibilities there?

    anyone know why the display settings list doesn't contain a higher available resolution?
  2. printf thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2008

    anyone own a 17" 2.16Ghz with 10.5 installed????
  3. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Jan 21, 2008
    there were two version of it
    highresolution or normal resolution
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Neither of which maxed out at 1440x900! He's only getting 15" resolution here.
  5. printf thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2008
    what do you mean by that? the spec link i listed above makes no mention of a lower native resolution. i've even googled, but haven't come up with anything.

    obviously the graphics card supports this resolution. plus why would they release a 17" laptop with the same resolution as the 15"? isn't the whole idea more screen real estate?

    then again, i'm still somewhat of a mac newbie, as is the owner of this laptop.

    anyone else?
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You sure your friend doesn't have a PowerBook?

    Also you can change resolutions; have you tried that?
  7. printf thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2008
    haha, yeah, i'm quite sure it's a macbook pro, 17" 2.16Ghz, ATI Radeon X1600 256MB. :)

    and 1440x900 is the highest resolution listed in the listbox found by going to System Preferences > Displays and clicking on the Display tab.
  8. printf thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2008
  9. infernohellion macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2006
    Well I'm using the same MBP and its resolution is 1680x1050
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Reset PRAM and try it again.

    ATI drivers mean nothing, the drivers are built into the OS and the display in it supports up to 1680x1050.

    If it's not then there's something amiss.

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