Monitor Help Please!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by therocket, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. therocket macrumors member

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    Hey,

    so here is the rundown:

    I own a 2010 i5 15" MBP screen res 1440x900
    i just got a used Samsung 226BW monitor, screen res 1680x1050

    I want this monitor to work better! Everything seems stretched on it. It doesnt matter whether I am in mirrored mode or not, it seems like the monitor is just a giant magnifying glass for my MBP. the quality is just not there.

    I have tried different resolutions, but the max i can get is 1280x960(mirrored mode and not mirrored). When I try to use the monitors natural 1680x1050 resolution, the screen just stays black. I have tried this in both mirrored and non-mirrored.

    I am currently using a MDP-VGA adaptor to connect to the display, but I could get a MDP-DVI adaptor because the monitor has DVI in-but would this make a difference? what is different between a DVI cable and VGA cable "transferring" a screen?

    Also, HD video and games seem better to play on the MBP screen because it seems there is more detail, or it is less blurry. I think this is because I cannot get the screen to work with it's natural resolution, am I right?

    So basically, I have this beautiful new screen, but I can't seem to get it to work up to it's full potential. Can somebody please help.

    Thanks:D:D:D
     
  2. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

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    Speaking from personal experience, VGA looks like absolute crap compared to DVI. Both are usable, but the difference is night/day.
     
  3. therocket thread starter macrumors member

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    Just incase anybody has the same issue, I just got my DVI adaptor in the mail today and now my monitor works flawlessly with my MBP. A whole lot better then the VGA. I have no black sidebars on either display when or when not in mirror mode. Picture quality is also a million times better and I am able to use the natural resolution of the display.

    So morral of the story: use DVI if it is available for your monitor.

    as a side note though, my VGA adaptor was very finiky when I would move my laptop around. Sometimes the screen would go black just from subtle movement. So after I got my DVI, I took apart the VGA adaptor it turns out that 2 little cables were loose, and one was pretty much disconnected from the MDP jack. Not sure if this had anything to do with the issues that I was having, but i thought that I would throw it in there that i may have just had a faulty product...
     

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