MacBook Pro and External Display - Resolution Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dirtywater, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Dirtywater macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    I tried searching, but did not find the answers.

    I will be buying the new MBP (whenever it is released ;) ) and plan on using it as a desktop replacement. I will be purchasing the 17'' 1920x1200 version and want to have an external display.

    I currently have a Samsung 193P, 1280x1024 monitor. I was going to get a Dell 24'' widescreen monitor that also had a 1920x1200 monitor, and I still will down the road, but this leads to my question.

    If I use the MBP with the Samsung monitor as a secondary display, is that possible? Will it look distorted since I'd be going from a widescreen to a 4:3, especially since the 2 native resolutions are different, or can the MBP recognize the 2 different resolutions and make each work? I'd like it to span as one desktop.

    Thank you in advance!

  2. creator2456 macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2007

    There should be zero problems with recognizing the two different resolutions and ratio aspects when using them as separate displays. If you ever mirror the displays, you will have the lower resolution of the two determine the other.

    Desktop spanning will work just fine. You will just have the menu bar and dock on the primary screen (you can choose which is which in preferences) and nothing in those spaces on the secondary screen.

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