Widescreen External Monitor Not get 16:9 1080P

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by allanhahaha, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. allanhahaha macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2013

    I am using an Macbook Pro 13" with Retina Display. I just got an FullHD widescreen 27" monitor from bestbuy (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?type=product&id=1218564871548), and trying to set it up with my macbook.

    I use a mini-displayport-to-VGA adapter (which I used previously connect to another 21.5" monitor) to connect the macbook with the monitor via a VGA line. The monitor output seems strange:

    Although the monitor is 1080P, there's no 1920x1080 option shown on the system preference -> monitor settings. The maximum res is 1600X1200. I did a quick search on this, and found I need to press "option" key when click scaled screen to get a 1920X1080 option.
    I followed the instruction, and selected the 1920x1080, but seems like the output on monitor is 4:3 rather than 16:9, and the display doesn't take the full monitor screen. (there's a black bar on the left side of the monitor)

    I was wondering if this is because VGA doesn't support full HD widescreen? will a HDMI cable solve the issue?

    Thank you
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I think that is your issue. VGA is an analogue connection. HDMI will support up to 1080p/60hz on your machine, so just grab a cheap HDMI cable and try that out.

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