Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2011 11:45 AM (in response to CathyBates)No, there isn't. On any LCD display, every resolution other than the maximum is unavoidably blurry. It's the nature of the technology: the LCD contains a fixed, unchangeable number of pixels (the native resolution), and using them to simulate any lower resolution results in an approximation, which is inherently only approximate — and "approximate" means blurry. This is true of every flat-screen display.
You have joined the club of sight-unseen buyers who learn, to their dismay, that they should have looked at the high-resolution screen before ordering. If you can't use it comfortably, return it while you still can, and order a 15" MBP with the standard-resolution (1440 x 900) display. The high-res 15" display makes things very nearly as small as your 17" does. There's absolutely no point in paying extra for a high-resolution screen if you don't want to use it at its highest resolution.15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.6), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2011 2:46 PM (in response to eww)Thank you very much for your reply. I think that is what I have to do as I really have problems using this computer.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2011 4:09 PM (in response to eww)
could we just change the display for one with a 1440x900 resolution? I seen some for sale on ebay... I want to keep my 17 in if possible to get the display to look sharp at 1440x900
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2011 7:46 PM (in response to Hawaii Web Designer)
No, that's not possible. Even the earliest 17" MBPs (April-October 2006) had 1680 x 1050 displays, and all 17" unibody MBP displays have been 1920 x 1200. The older-style 1680 x 1050 screen assemblies can't be mounted on a unibody machine.
I hate to say it, but this is what you get for buying an expensive computer sight unseen.