Non-Widescreen Monitor looks weird

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by imfrog2002, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    Hey all. I have a MB 13.3", and I just hooked up a 17" non-widescreen monitor to my mac, and it looks horrible. It's all stretched weird, because of it not being widescreen. Is there a hack/mod that will make it either widescreen style, or just not so stretched?
  2. admiraldennis macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2002
    Boston, MA
    Don't set it to a widescreen resolution.

    Look in System Preferences -> Displays for options.
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
  4. imfrog2002 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    That's the whole problem. It isn't in a widescreen resolution, and OS X looks weird compared to my MacBook. The displays aren't mirrored, they are seperate, with seperate resolutions. My MB is widescreen, the second one isn't.
  5. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    i don't know if it the mb is any different then my vaio laptop with a widescreen(1280x800) but i hooked it up to non-widescreen 19" lcd and i was able to run it at 1280x1024 with no problems by extending my desktop. which i think the macs do the same. sounds like you are applying the same resolution that's on your mb to your external monitor or your desktop picture is in widescreen trying to display a traditional screen.

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