6 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2010 4:59 PM by Malcolm Rayfield
Kammoline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I've just gotten my new screen and laptop, and attatched the two using a DVI wire.
BUT, the resolution on the external screen is NOT great. All fonts looks really pixealted, and if there is no kerning on them. The overall imagery is not great. I've attempted to change the resolution under the System Preferences / Displays etc, but to no avail really. Can anyone enlighten me on this pleas, as I must say I did expect imacculate image quality from this investment....

Thanks!

MacBookPro, Attatched to a 30 inch Apple Cinema Display
  • 1. Re: 30 INCH SCREEN + NEW MAC BOOK PRO
    qd.smits Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    I'm assuming your MacBook Pro has a Mini DisplayPort connector and you're using the Dual Link MiniDP to DVI converter?

    If you're using the normal, cheaper MiniDP to DVI converter, then the maximum resolution your MacBook Pro will be able to run will be too low for the monitor.
  • 2. Re: 30 INCH SCREEN + NEW MAC BOOK PRO
    Kammoline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I got the one that Apple Support adviced me to get : http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB570Z/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY

    So is this the wrong one? I mean the text does not even mention compatability with the 30 inch, but I did assume that the Apple Support guy would know his stuff.... If this one is worng, could you please provide a link to which one you mean specifically? Thanks so so much for all help!

    : )
  • 3. Re: 30 INCH SCREEN + NEW MAC BOOK PRO
    qd.smits Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    As it says in the specifications for the converter: it supports displays up to 23" (maximum resolution of 1920x1200, your 30" display probably has a resolution of 2560x1600).

    This is the one you need: http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB571Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTA4MzU1ODY
  • 4. Re: 30 INCH SCREEN + NEW MAC BOOK PRO
    Owzzz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've got the exact same issue... except I have the correct adapter you messaged in the previous post..

    When I go to ramp up the resolution of the Cinema display.. it says just below the screen sizes

    usable resolution:1920 x 1200

    Yet I have a screen capable of displaying 2560 x 1600

    How do I go about displaying it at the max resolution?

    My o.sx is version 10.6.3 and it is fully updated..

    The images appear slightly blurred and so to do the fonts.

    Any ideas on this?
  • 5. Re: 30 INCH SCREEN + NEW MAC BOOK PRO
    Owzzz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ive just been fiddling with the settings and noticed that If I take off the display mirroring, i can now put the cinema display to its max resolution 2560 x 1600, and the mac book pro stays at its resolution of 1920 x 1200

    How do I keep mirroring on and still maintain the cinema displys max resolution?

    I want to be able to use the macbook pro in closed shell mode so that I can work purley on the cinema display but without using the screens together..

    Does this make sense?
  • 6. Re: 30 INCH SCREEN + NEW MAC BOOK PRO
    Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    How do I keep mirroring on and still maintain the cinema display's max resolution?

    You can't. Mirroring is a pixel-to-pixel copy. Since the 30" has a lot more pixels than the laptop, it can't run at full resolution.
    For full resolution, mirroring must be off. You can use the 30" as the main display, with mirroring off, by dragging the menu bar to it in the "Arrangement" tab of "Displays" system preference.
    I want to be able to use the MacBook Pro in closed shell mode so that I can work purely on the cinema display but without using the screens together.

    <http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3131>