Macbook screen: how to set black borders with low resolution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PintoZ, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. PintoZ macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Hi Guys,

    I want to have the "black borders" when I use a resolution lower than 1440 * 900 with some mac games, I don't want to play windowed mode, I just want to play full screen mode with black borders instead of stretching the image.

    I can't figure out how do I set this settings, someone can help me?

    Thanks ;)
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Have you tried setting your resolution before you start the game? In System Preferences under Displays it should give you the option for non-widescreen resolutions. You'll want to try a non-widescreen resolution that does not have stretched next to it.
  3. bitesize macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I don't think you can. Those settings are application specific.
  4. PintoZ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Yes I did, but it doesnt matter if it is widescreen or not.
    If i play at 1280*800, which is not the native screen resolution, I would like to see black borders instead of a stretched image, even if both are 16:10.

    They are not, it should be under the grapic card settings, it should be a system setting, since I should be able to chose if I want to stretch the images when using a not-native resolution.

    On my Vaio (or when I boot with vista using bootcamp for gaming on my MBP) I can just set this under the graphic card settings, so that it won't stretch the image but place black borders when needed.

    I hope also Mac can do such an easy and important thing.... I don't want to have to switch to windows just to play some games with the right resolution >_<
  5. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    FWIW I can play Tiger Woods 08 (Mac) with a 4:3 resolution and it isn't stretched. Sure it isn't game related?

    Also - when you said you chose a lower resolution for your display (in System Preferences, not when the game is loaded) it is stretched?
  6. PintoZ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Of course in game settings... Like I do also when playing on windows, I want different resolution depending on which game I am playing, and should be the system itself placing black border when the resolution doesn't match tha native one.

    Do you get black borders while playing? If not, it is stretched... so, is it possible that there is no way to set this on mac? :s
  7. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    You didn't answer my question about changing the resolution in OS X!

    And yes, I get black bars (to keep the 4:3 ratio) when I choose a 4:3 resolution.
  8. PintoZ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    I did Mate :p

    As I said, I change resolution on game settings, not system settings, because I want to have different resolutions dipend on game.

    So I don't want /need to change the whole system res

    I want 1440*900 on normal usage, But I Want to play at call of duty 4 at 1280*800, even if both are 16:10, I want black borders, since if the image stretchs it looses quality.
    Did you get it? :)

    When I boot on windows I can choose between 3 different settings:
    Keep ratio, which adds black borders only with different screen ratio
    Stretch image, which always stretches image
    Keep original size, which puts black borders everywhere when the resolution is not the native one, to keep the best image quality.

    The last one is the one I would like to get, if possible ;)
  9. donbenjy macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    can't you just set your desktop background to black and hide the dock?
  10. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    "stretch" is not the word you're looking for. That would be like stretching 4:3 to fit a 16:10 screen. Stretching changes the aspect ratio. You want to turn off scaling, so that 1280x800 shows up pixel for pixel on your display with black borders.

    If this is possible, you're going to have to use a program like SwitchResX to do it.
  11. PintoZ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Can't you just avoid hitting "Submit Reply" if you don't have anything to say?

    Thanks, it may help, I'll try ;)
  12. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    Dude, chill out. I'm pretty sure he wasn't trying to be snarky. That was an honest suggestion. Don't be impolite just because he might not understand exactly what you want to accomplish.

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