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I have a Mac Mini 2011 with the Radeon 6630m connected to a Samsung 226BW through HDMI to DVI and I'm dual-booting Mountain Lion and Windows 7.

My problem is on OSX, the font seems a bit off and I can't use it for long until I start getting strain on the eyes. On win7 everything looks clear as it should.

Things I've tried:

  1. Messing with the font smoothing values, went 0-4 relogging every time with no success.
  2. Enabling HiDPI resolutions, which only showed me a few low resolutions with HiDPI. The funny thing is switching to any of those lower hidpi resolutions makes everything look crisper than it does using the monitor's native resolution.

I'm starting to think it's a problem with the monitor's driver in OSX but please let me know what else I could try if anyone has any ideas!

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Are you absolutely sure you're using the monitor's native resolution? (Monitors don't have drivers themselves, so that's not the issue.) – jmk Feb 2 '13 at 21:24

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