Macbook Pro Retina External Monitor HDMI - Low Resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ryan656, May 24, 2013.

  1. ryan656 macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2013
    I just got a new MBP Retina and have two external monitors hooked up, one via VGA -> Thunderbolt and the other HDMI. The VGA one is working great, it's a little bit newer than the HDMI one, which is only displaying at a max of 1024x768. The only options are 640x480, 720,576, 800x600, 1024x768 and then 4 HD resolutions (480p/i, 780p, 1080i). With my other laptop I get a much higher resolution with this monitor/

    So my question is why am I being limited to 1024x768? The monitor in question is an AOC L22W898 and again its linked via HDMI.

    I've read all sorts of stuff like the MBP Retina wont push full HDMI resolution but I just find that hard to believe (even though that's what's happening to me). So I'm asking you guys whats up cause its frustrating as hell.

  2. ryan656 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2013

    I still havent found out anything. Someone has had to have this issue before. I hope :/
  3. Purant macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2012
    From my understanding by reading the forums, Apple's HDMI driver is rubbish.
  4. marvin4653 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    Using non-broadcast standard resolutions over HDMI isn't always supported by all output device/display device combinations. The problem seems to be that the Mac's HDMI interface doesn't recognize that the monitor can display 1680x1050, your display's native resolution, over HDMI. I don't have a solution to that particular problem, but you could always connect your Retina Pro to the display over VGA instead of HDMI. You should be able to select the monitor's native resolution, and picture quality with VGA isn't inherently inferior to HDMI.

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