3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2012 11:31 AM by Courcoul
Viraj Toronto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Am running WIndows 7 using bootcamp on m Mac and I have observed the difference in quality of display between Mac and Windows running on same machine. While working on Mac your eyes dont feel strained while in Windows its the other way round.


Also the text looks more crisp in Mac than in Windows. Any reason in difference, though both are running on same hardware.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: Quality of Display - Mac Vs Windows
    dominic23 Level 7 Level 7 (20,930 points)

    Try the suggestions posted in the below linked article.

    When in MacOSX  if video quality is better,it is obvious that it is the software that makes the difference.





  • 2. Re: Quality of Display - Mac Vs Windows
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Simple fact is Apple has put a lot of time and energy into making OSX look better. I for a short period of time ran Windows 7 in a Boot Camp partition and didn't find any real difference then the Mac side. Try brightening up the screen on the Windows side. This will make it easier on the eyes.

  • 3. Re: Quality of Display - Mac Vs Windows
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    On the thread subject, like to note that I ran across this issue a short while back and there is an impact due to the hardware being used while experimenting with my Late 2011 15" MBP with widescreen antiglare option. Installed the gfxCardStatus utility that lets you know which of the two GPUs is in use and/or force a specific mode.


    Ran VMWare Fusion normally and determined that it caused a switch to the Radeon GPU, regardless of the VM settings. Then, since I needed to run the MBP on battery for an extended period, decided to force the Intel GPU and ran Fusion again. The hypervisor loudly complained about being "unable to provide adequate graphics support to the VM and how some graphics capabilities would be impacted in the guest system". On the Windows XP VM, when running lean on the Intel GPU, images such as the background, icons, etc., did seem granier than when on the Radeon GPU. Text was ok, but did feel as if something was a bit "off". Even though screen resolution was maintained at the native 1680x1050 at all times


    But nothing crashed or burned, XP worked fine. And battery life was significantly extended.


    Will experiment with VirtualBox & Win7.