SOLVED: Blurry External monitor Dell 1905

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by elcid, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. elcid macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering if anyone had a good profile for this monitor. It looks great when hooked up to my windows desktop but looks like crap when the macbook runs through it. I am using the mini-dvi to vga connector and a cord to the monitors VGA connector.

    The colors seem fine but it is all blurry. I want to start doing some photoshop on it and this would be very bothersome. Is it the VGA?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Can you get a colorimeter? That would build you a custom profile for it. You can also try the Color Sync software that came with your Mac. It'll get you close, but not perfect.
     
  4. elcid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am posting this for further knowledge so disregard the bump. I solved it by switching the Refresh Rate to match that of the monitors (as an LCD I wasnt aware it had one) Once I did this the thing became much more usable, and while you can tell its on VGA, the price of a DVI KVM is crazy high so it will work for now.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    DVI is much sharper then VGA on an LCD monitor. Newer monitors due have better analog to digital convertors but it's nowhere close to a pure digital signal.

    I'm in the market for a DVI/USB KVM but they're more then US$100! I just swap cables between my MacBook and Windows minitower.

    It's so much cheaper
     
  6. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    AHve you tried checking the native resolutions, and seeing which resolution looks best?

    Also check out the new displayport tech from CES - wired/wireless USB connection to monitors up to HD definition. If they're making kits to retrofit you might want to check it out.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A USB monitor does sound like a good option as long as you don't want a large one. (1280 x 1024 per display?)

    It's just hard having to buy a new monitor for that flexibility. :(

    What other devices does the OP want to use on this monitor? I have two computers so a KVM is kinda the obvious choice. If they're just using a MacBook then DVI is the way to go.
     
  8. elcid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have had the desktop for a long time and recently have been flirting with the idea of putting the MacBook on it. I have a Mini->VGA so I am using that one and my desktop holds the DVI. It isnt as sharp but it is a lot better.
     
  9. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Well, from what i've read it can do 1080p. Check out the Kensington displays, Samsung has one - Display Port i think it's called.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    DisplayPort is a different connector entirely.

    DisplayLink has my interest though. ;)

    If you can game over video compressed over USB at 1680 x 1050 I'm happy. It looks like they already have a USB to DVI adapter as well but that's not what's need in this situation.
     

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