Screen Resolution Issue on MacBook 2009 (aluminum)

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by nehta13, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. nehta13 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    After installing Mavericks, my screen resolution "shrank." The only three options showing up in System Preferences/Display are the following:

    Is there a way to change that? I messed with the size of icons and font size on desktop and got it to a point where it is acceptable, but in most "windows" everything is just looking too big.

    Info about my computer is in the file attached if that is helpful.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    There's nothing attached. If it's a 13" Macbook or Macbook Pro, 1280x800 has always been the maximum resolution.
  3. zaxxon4 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    I think I've cracked it.

    On my Early 2009 Mac Mini I have an old Dell M992 monitor connected with an Apple Mini DVI to VGA adapter. The native resolution is 1600x1200, but after loading Mavericks it would only set to 1280x1024.

    The solution that worked for me was to: set it to "Best for display", un-check "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available", and then to hold down the alt/option key when setting the display to "Scaled". With the box checked the alt/option key step wasn't revealing all of the hidden resolutions (it showed only one), but when unchecked it reveals them all (eight in all).

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