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There is a feature that's currently experimental called HiDPI that may do what you want. Like the retina displays on the iPhone and iPad, HiDPI mode creates a "logical" resolution that's half the current resolution on your display but uses all the physical pixels to keep the image sharp. This results in all the user interface elements appearing much larger, ...


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For this answer, let's define that… …the sharpness of a display is the ability to distinguish two distinct pixels. Retina displays There is no industry standard for retina display, therefore I'll follow Apple's use of the word. The term retina display is relative, as the definition follows the human eyes's perception of a display's sharpness: The ...


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I have not used this application, but apparently you can do that (and much more) in SwitchResX, available here: http://www.madrau.com/indexSRX4.html On this page it says that "SwitchResX can also block unused resolutions": http://www.madrau.com/functions/custom/custom.html, and since the software allows to create display settings for individual applications ...


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Due to the (good) edit of the question, the answer does not seem fit 100% anymore. No. ...which depends on what you define as a 'mobile device'. But first, the term resolution is ambiguously used which requires to answer your question in two ways. Resolution as in pixel density The iPad 3rd Generation has a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch (ppi). ...


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Supported resolutions Retina, Ratio 16:10 2880 by 1800 pixels scaled, Ratio 16:10 1920 x 1200 pixels 1680 x 1050 pixels 1280 x 800 pixels 1024 x 640 pixels According to the official tech specs by Apple. How does the scaling work? According to an article in AnandTech: Selecting any of these options gives you ...


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Thunderbolt contains a DisplayPort channel. You can get a Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. I found a cheap one on Monoprice a while back. Here is a 6 footer.


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I recommend you reset your NVRAM. This chip stores information on screen resolution and can often become corrupted. You can reset it by starting your Mac while holding down cmd + opt + P + R . You should hear the Mac chime, restart and chime a second time. Then you can release the keys you are holding. More info here.


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The simple answer is that the MBP doesn't have a screen that can display 1440x900 - it's native resolution is 1280x800 (ie. it only has that many pixels). This is a physical limitation, not a software limitation. There is no point in sending a higher resolution image to the screen, since it can't display any higher detail. I can't tell you why Apple chose a ...


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Per VMware's Retina KB article, you can enable 1:1 pixel mapping for a Fusion 5 VM by going to Settings → Display and checking Use full resolution for Retina display. If after that you don't see the 2880x1800 resolution, you need to make some manual tweaks, following this KB article: Open the .vmx file in a text editor. Add the line svga.autodetect = ...


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QuickRes (4 USD) Based on your description, QuickRes appears to perfectly accomplish what you're trying to do. You can set multiple (up to 8) resolutions in its preferences and assign keyboard shortcuts to them. To access preferences, launch QuickRes and Ctrl-click (right-click) the icon that will appear in the menu bar. Note that Mac will give you an ...


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Better yet, open a terminal and type: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool YES (enter the admin password). Log out and back in, and Bob's yer uncle.


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I had the same issue, but resetting the PRAM solved it. Procedure from here: Resetting NVRAM / PRAM Shut down your Mac. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4. Turn on the computer. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys before the gray screen appears. ...


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No. There is no way to change the OSX system font size per monitor per window. The key is that each separate OSX window is rendered as one. With that, each window can span over, or moved between, multiple monitors. When a window is part of multiple screens at the same time, different font sizes at different parts of the window would be inoperable.


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I imagine this is a wording thing, there is a difference between benig able to "watch HD movies" and "watch movies in HD". The iPad can take a HD source, and scale it to display. Commonly (although not officially) HD modes can be denoted by their number of scan lines (720p = 720 progressive, or non-interlaced, horizontal rows of pixels), and in this case ...


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Here's one example of someone running two 27" displays at 2560x1440 via Thunderbolt/DisplayPort plus an HDMI display at 1920x1200: http://blog.macsales.com/14241-macbook-pro-15-with-retina-display-can-run-3-external-displays The Thunderbolt ports officially support up to 2560x1600 so that resolution shouldn't be any problem either: Simultaneously ...


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I practice, I can't tell any difference at all between the two models for most finger gestures on non-drawing apps. Two things make this measurement hard - we don't get to see the raw pressure points and the unsmoothed and smoothed multitouch input. The end result of touch is highly processed which could easily hide changes in the detection grid / chip that ...


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Apple doesn't have an option for you to do that. However, you can try TinkerTool. You can download it at no cost. Screenshot taken from TinkerTool website.


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Not to me - it probably looks worse because you are seeing the difference now more readily. Subjectively things look worse because you now expect a new-iPad level display. I had this effect when iPhone 4 came out, everything looked fine until I saw one. It's not just the increased resolution that has improved - the maximum brightness of the new iPad display ...


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The retina display of the new iPad has both... a four times higher pixel density a better color saturation More vibrant colors will improve the looks of anything displayed on the screen. So this should make "non-retina compatible" games more fun as well. However, all of the iOS apps by Apple are in high-res and due to the huge difference in the used ...


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If you connect it to a display that offers 1280 x 720 as a resolution, then it should give you that as an option. You need to test it with the display that you will be using at the conference, which is always a good idea.


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Cheekily adding this as an answer based on a comment above as the commenter didn't include it. The cause appears to be a mystery, but if you remove the icon from the dock (just drag it away until you get the vanishing smoke animation), and re add the icon (run the app, right click on the dock icon and click Keep, or drag the icon back in from the finder) to ...


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Your best bet would be to use ControlPlane (free) to detect when the power source has switched, and then fire off a shell script to change the resolution. There's no built-in command line utility for changing the screen resolution, but someone came up with one that works well. You can download an installer here. Then it's just a simple matter of setting ...


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The short answer is without deep hacking, no, you cannot make fonts larger in all applications and in the menu bar but not change from the native resolution. Many applications do have zoom features (including Safari, Finder, Address Book, Mail, etc.), but the way to make text larger in each app is, unfortunately, different from app to app.


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Thanks @eternus for answering, but my issue was that for some reason, my computer doesn't always switch to the discrete card once I open a game. Restarting usually fixes the problem, but a more thorough way to solve it is to get this app called gfxCardStatus, which allows you to specify which card you'd like to use. You choose the "Discrete only" option ...


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You can fix this with no extra apps by disabling "Automatic Graphics Switching" under the Energy Saver section of System Preferences.


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Google Chrome Its own UI, not web pages The following settings in TinkerTool affect the following pieces of Chrome's own UI: Chrome address bar, i.e. URL: System in TinkerTool (default font: Lucida Grande; largest size possible is 16 pt; larger sizes are truncated) titles of tabs: Help tags (default font: Lucida Grande; largest size possible is 13 pt; ...


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Finally I found this. Looks like the default EDID configuration for Dell displays is not quite right. On that post there's also a ruby script that suposedly generates the right file for your display, but it ended up screwing even more my resolution. I downloaded the file from the first post, and after copying it to /System/Library/Displays/Overrides and ...


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I don't have a MacBook Pro with a Retina display, so you probably have to change the numbers of the rows. I don't know if this would work with multiple displays. tell application "System Preferences" reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays" end tell tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" ...


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You should connect the monitor through DisplayPort. You will need a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable for this. You will be able to get the full resolution of the display this way.


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I've had the same problems. I think youre leaving the lid to your mac open. If you are using an external keyboard, external mouse, and an external display, while your mac is powered, you can close the lid, hit the shift key a couple times to wake it up and I think you will see the desired resolution listed. There is a command line solution Get this ...



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