Widescreen signal output to 4:3 monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GanChan, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    If I output a Macbook's native 1280x800 to a monitor set for 1280x1024, will it display in a "letterbox" format, or will it be squished, stretched, zoomed-in, etc.?

    I have a 20" 1280x1024 monitor that I dearly love, and when I buy my new Macbook I'd love to output an un-stretched signal to it....
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    just adjust the resolution to match the new monitor,
    native only refers to the physical number of pixels on the screen.

    Or look at the macbook specs on the apple site.

    so 1280x800 is well within the 1920x1200
  3. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    Thanks. So even though the Macbook's own display is widescreen, it can send an image that will look correct on a monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio?

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