rMBP 13" external resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sc0rian, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Sc0rian macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    Hi All,

    Just got my first mac. Logged into my account for the first time since I registered in 2008, heh.

    I have a Dell U3011. I also have a HDMI cable (which the Apple store gave me :) ) and a DVI -> Thunderbolt connection.

    Both only give me 1920x1600. Which is okay. But my monitor supports 2560x1600. Both with Ubuntu and Mac the option is the same (limited to 1920). I read somewhere on the internet that people have got higher external resolution using Windows. I might give this a try.

    On Ubuntu I was able to use xrandr and force the thunderbolt to 2560x1600. It did work, but the text looked horrible. If I try and do the same with HDMI, it just goes black. I have not tried SwitchResX yet. But I'm not planning to use Mac OS X.

    Is there anyway I can get 2560x1600 on my u3011 with HDMI or Thunderbolt? (hopefully HDMI).

  2. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    HDMI won't go that high, you need a MiniDP to Dual-link DVI converter.

    They are $80-$100 depending on which one you get, Apple sells one as well as places like MonoPrice.
  3. LiveYoung macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2011
  4. Sc0rian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
  5. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    Well the cable you linked will work. I assume "MINIDP -> HDMI" is a typo as the link is a for a mDP -> DP cable.
  6. Sc0rian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008

    Thanks all, ordered :).

    I did get 3 screens working (including laptop) using 1 x hdmi, 1 x display -> dvi. Was pretty impressive.

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