MacBook Pro - Horrible Resolution...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by drbigfresh, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. drbigfresh macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2008
    So i have a brand new macbook pro, and I hooked it up to my dell 30" monitor (dell3007wfphc), and I can't get the resolution to go over 1280x800. My old macbook pro gave me 2560x1600.

    Anyone else having this issue? Anyone have any suggestions? (tried switching processors in power management).
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Well considering the dual-link adapter isn't out yet, you can only get to 1920x1200 with the current single-link adapter. To be able to use 2560x1600, you need the dual-link adapter.

    You need this:
  3. drbigfresh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2008
    well, i guess that would explain it :eek:

  4. UbuntuFu macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    what's ridiculous is that they want $99 bucks for it. wtf, my classic mbp can power the 30" with no additional adapter.
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    I agree. Makes me want to become a cable manufacturer...
  6. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Single link DVI can be derived directly from DisplayPort, however, dual link requires hardware to transform the signal. Thus, one could imagine why the dual link adapter costs so much more and has a USB plug to power it.

    Though I do agree... having a DVI port would have been nice on the new MBP...
  7. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    I had this issue with my MacBook Air. Are you sure you've got Mirroring turned off? I had my Air doing 1600x1200 so I know the MBP will give you what you're looking for.

  8. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
  9. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    How much of that $100 goes to Apple? I know they're opening up the display port thing, but hasn't apple always got a piece of that pie?

    That's why ipod accessories are so expensive...if something's made for iPod, and and Steve and Jony don't get their share, they let loose their army of flying monkeys on the offender.
  10. JoetheBastard macrumors member

    May 13, 2007
    maybe that dual link support will be on the new 17" ? that would be awesome! it would be also great if the new 17" had firewire...... :mad:
  11. Shawn Parr macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2008
    You do realize the current 15" still has firewire right? They dropped one port, but the previous model only had one controller anyway so functionally it is the same. Only the 13" dropped firewire.
  12. JoetheBastard macrumors member

    May 13, 2007
    my bad. meant to mention that it was a firewire 400 port that I miss.:eek:
  13. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    It has FW800 so if you want FW400, you need yet again, another adapter.... I thought SJ liked clean and uncluttered computers. I bet the MBP looks kinda weird with all these extra cables and adapters coming out of it to get all the late 2008 MBP working like early 2008 MBP that didn't need all these adapters. Anyone have a picture of their desktop with all these adapters coming out of it?
  14. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    I'm really pissed over all these adapter stuff that I have to deal with now. I've been using a FW400 external with my MBP but with the new one I now have to get a cable. The cheapest one I found was $25+tax, a quarter of what I paid for the external!

    Also, when I bought my first MBP (1.83CD) it came with both a remote and a DVI adapter. Now it comes with neither of these and instead with a cloth. Which I, by the way, have several off (they came with my sunglasses, old laptops, tv screen cleaner).

    So I've had to go buy a $45.75 worth of adapters to get my new MBP to do what my old MBP did for free.

  15. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Cables are cheap.
  16. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    I think it's doing 1280x800 instead of 1920x1200 because your Dell doesn't have an internal scaler..but I could be wrong.
  17. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    Not in my city. Futureshop doesn't carry the cables, neither does Staples. The website your linked to is in the Sates. Only place that I could find that has a cable is The Source, called Radio Shack in the US I believe, and they have them for $25.
  18. MKnight macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2007
    The problem is you're buying cables at the worst retail stores that have very high mark up.

    Try NCIX as they have a store in Richmond, Burnaby, and Surrey (if you're in BC that is).


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