12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2013 2:05 PM by GeekBoy.from.Illinois
davidpsummers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a new 15" MacBook Pro with a High Resolution Screen.  I wan't the antiglare more than the high resolution, and I makes some things too small when I don't have my reading glasses.  I can set it to 1440x852, which is "OK", but why can't I set it to the reslution the non-high res screen uses (1440x900).  There is a bar of black at the top and the bottom, so I do waste a small bit of "real estate".


Maybe not the most earth shaking problem, but something that bugs me....

  • LastArms Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Correct me if I'm wrong but the High Resolution Screen should be 1680x1050. So I am not quite sure what you are trying to say. The standard resolution for 15" are 1440x900 which is a 16:10 ratio. You can set it to 1440x850 but then there will be black lines because of unused pixels. There is an option to "stretch" it but that will ruin the "nice" display since the pixel ratio are gonna be skewed.

  • davidpsummers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What I'm wondering about is using the space at top and bottom, that isn't used at 1440x852, to get 1440x900 resolution.  The stretched using them, but makes thing look funning.  But if you can stretch the image up to use them, why not just make the image a little bigger and make more productive use of them?

  • LastArms Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Well, if you want to use the whole screen at a resolution of 1440x852, you can use the "stretched" option and that should fill the black pixels.


    I hope that answers your question. If not, feel free to ask again ^^

  • davidpsummers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, I was hoping for a way to get 1440x900 rather than stretching out 1440x852...

  • LastArms Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)



    Now I get what you mean. I am not really quite sure why 1440 x 900 doesn't exist (might be because of the screen type). I think the one we have doesn't have that aspect ratio. (Kinda weird...)


    If you don't want one that has black lines or skewed due to stretch, try using 1280 x 800




    I hope this help ^^

  • gjennings Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the 1680x1050 Hi-Res Anti-Glare screen on a 15" MBP.  Yes, some things are small, however control+scroll is a lifesaver.


    (Also Command+Option+= or Command+Option+- does the same thing without scrolling.)


    Try it sometime.  Once you get used to it, you'll wonder how you lived without it.


    P.S.: I set the preference to "Move continuously with pointer."  Makes it easier to navigate.

  • htmanning Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Me too.  1440x900 seems just about right. I don't know why Apple thinks 1680x1050 doesn't make everything too small. I get the extra screen space, but the fonts get way too small and I don't have bad eyes.  I really wish I had chosen the regular widescreen display.  I would have if Apple would have offered an anti-glare version.

  • BangerT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah, I totally get what you mean. I'm disappointed because even though my new MBP 15" has better resolution, I just like the look of the old machine... dock is bigger and because my eyesight isn't that of a 20 yr old, I find the old resolution a much more pleasing look.


    You're right about the 1440 x 852 thing. Neither of them really cut it... streched look like 'ghosting'... and non-stretched is just stupid considering there are black bars top & bottom.


    I've started my search, but I find it hard to believe we can't make a better resolution screen, look suitably bigger??? I guess the limitation maybe physics? (**** you Newton!)....


    Can 'somebody' please invent a solution to this problem for the over 50's!!!????


    Of course I can 'live' with my better screen resolution, and I love my Mac.... but..... c'mon!! Give me what I WANT!!!

  • davidpsummers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a program called SwitchResX that lets you get 1440x900

  • widestrides Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a fix!

    I have a 30 inch monitor running at 2560 x 1600 with my Mac Mini and the outrageous $99 adapter from Apple. (Found it new for $60 on eBay.)

    My menu bars and Google Chrome's tabs and bookmark bar were both way too small - like 4 point!

    TinkerToolSystem, (not TinkerTool) allows you to go into hidden preferences and re-set to "HiDPI." Afer making the adjustment which doubled my DPI, I had to choose half the resolution 1280 x 800, but with no loss of real resolution! Things did get bigger elsewhere but I was able to adjust most of them. Hooray! GL!


    Download the Evaluation copy of TinkerToolSystem. You get to open it 5 times for free.




    About halfway down, under "Screen."


    For Snow Leopard

    By default, Mac OS X assumes that the display screen is rendering graphics with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. This policy was taken over from the classic Mac OS. While this basic assumption was true when the Macintosh was introduced more than 20 years ago, today's display devices often have a much higher resolution. The pixels have become smaller, so your screen may actually use e.g. 100 pixels per inch. In practice, this means that graphical elements, for example fonts, will be displayed too small, so a 12 point font selected in an application might no longer match the actual size of a 12 point font printed in a book when you compare screen and book side by side.


    To accommodate these changes, Mac OS X is capable of using arbitrary display resolutions. TinkerTool System allows you to change the resolution between 36 and 216 pixels per inch. If the screen display stays the same, the screen contents will be displayed larger when you set a higher resolution, and smaller when you set a lower resolution.


    For Lion and Mt.Lion

    Apple has removed the feature from the operating system that allowed to control the physical resolution of screen output by an infinitely variable factor. As of 10.7 or later, this function was replaced by the feature HiDPI (High Number of Dots per Inch) which allows to double the physical resolution only. This means you can select between the discrete values 72 ppi and 144 ppi (or 288, 578, … ppi in the far future). Other magnification steps or scaling down are no longer available. The HiDPI strategy allow OS X to be used on ultra-high-resolution screens (“retina displays”).

    Enabling the HiDPI feature requires two steps. The first step is to unlock HiDPI mode via TinkerTool System. The second step is to select one of the HiDPI display resolutions on the pane Displays ofSystem Preferences. Perform the following steps to work with HiDPI display modes:

    1. Select the item Screen in the pane System.
    2. Switch between the two possible modes Hide HiDPI resolutions and Display HiDPI resolutions.
    3. Log out to let the change take effect.

    When you log in again, you can launch System Preferences, go to Displays and choose one of the HiDPI settings shown in the table Display > Resolutions.


    WARNING: The display resolution is a very critical setting. If you set the resolution too high, the windows can become so large that they no longer fit on screen. This means you can no longer see or control all parts of some applications which can make your system unusable!

    To use the system with 144 ppi, a screen with at least 2048 x 1536 pixels is strongly recommended, because OS X applications are designed by the rule that they can expect windows to have a minimum size of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 ppi.


    The Retina Displays may lead to a software update and then we will all be happy.

  • rwalu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having a similar issue. I downloaded SwitchResX and got it going but I can't figure out what to Enter in the cells to get the 1440x900 res and all the correct frequncy rates. Can you help? Thanks!


    (Here is a link to a screen shot of what I mean: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/11653823476_861bcdbb7c_b.jpg )

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,800 points)

    Someone has invented a solution for the "over 50's", it's called glasses.  For many it is the variant called bi-focals.


    I am now 49 (almost 50) and I run my 17" MBP at 1600x1200 and love it.