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My external monitor doesn't work at full resolution with my MacBook

You can go to System Preferences > Displays, then option-click (press option key while left-clicking) on Scaled to expose additional resolutions that aren't exposed with a normal left-click. ...
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HDMI VGA projector cannot connect to Macbook Pro

After a few months of experimentation, we found no 3rd party (i.e., non-Apple branded) HDMI <> VGA adaptors which worked well and some which didn't work at all on our Macs. We bit the financial ...
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My external monitor doesn't work at full resolution with my MacBook

Okay, so I managed to work out what the issue was in the end - it was OS X's handling of the EDID data from the monitor. Windows evidently could read the data just fine, which is why it worked ...
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How to set the Display aspect ratio to 16:9 explicitly when using a VGA adaptor

In the monitor/display settings just press the Option key when selecting the "scaled" option. Then additional resolution options will show up.
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MacBook Pro Screen Flickering when using HDMI to VGA adapter to connect to external monitor

The MacBook Pro's HDMI port has a DVI-D implementation. This means it has no analog signal, which is what VGA relies on to connect. More information here: apple support forums . Apple supplies an HDMI ...
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1920 x 1200 resolution monitor with VGA not detected by Mac OS X 10.7.2

You are unlikely to be able use the VGA input to go above 1080p But just to make sure follow this answer how to view more Resolutions to try with. MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2012) not ...
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HDMI VGA projector cannot connect to Macbook Pro

Being that VGA is an analog signal, and (Mini) DP / HDMI are both digital signals, an adapter will be required. Given that you wanted a solution that used HDMI, a powered HDMI port is necessary, ...
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Mac monitor is displaying screen but I cannot navigate my cursor to it

Check that the virtual display arrangement in System Prefs > Display > Arrangement is the same as their physical placement. You can only move your mouse across between the two at the side where they ...
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How to set the Display aspect ratio to 16:9 explicitly when using a VGA adaptor

I had the same problem yesterday. I needed to do recording on Windows (a Parallels VM) in 1280x720 (16:9), and Parallels always resets my Windows resolutions to whatever Macbook sees even when I use ...
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My external monitor doesn't work at full resolution with my MacBook

I don't have enough points to add comments, but I just had the same issue and found the reply by Dan Grove extremely helpful. This reply is in regard with the step 2 of his proposed solution. It can ...
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Connect two monitors using DVI and/or VGA to USB-C

It is possible to connect a VGA and a DVI display to one USB-C port on the MacBook, but you need two USB-C adapters in a daisy-chain fashion and a HDMI-DVI adapter. First you connect the USB-C ...
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How to set the Display aspect ratio to 16:9 explicitly when using a VGA adaptor

Displays under System Preferences is it from the OS X built-in UI side. There are third-party utilities like Display Menu that offers additional resolutions. There is also cscreen if you want to do ...
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1920 x 1200 resolution monitor with VGA not detected by Mac OS X 10.7.2

OK, I know you guys down voted paolap, however, for whatever reason, that worked for me. When I connect by 1440 x 900 monitor to my macbook pro, it tends to default to a 800 x 600 resolution, and I ...
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HDMI VGA projector cannot connect to Macbook Pro

On my 2014 MacBook Pro with 2 Thunderbolt ports I found HDMI port to HDMI-VGA adapter did not work, but if I used my Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter then plugged the HDMI to VGA adapter into that, the VGA ...
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How can I connect two VGA monitors to a Mini using Thunderbolt and HDM adapters?

You cannot run VGA from the HDMI port the way you have it set up. You need a direct HDMI->VGA converter. The reason is that HDMI does not output analog signals. The cable head actually has a ...
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How to set the Display aspect ratio to 16:9 explicitly when using a VGA adaptor

Display menu doesnt do 16:9 on a Retina MBP...only 16:10 and 4:3
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My external monitor doesn't work at full resolution with my MacBook

I've spent the last 4 hours (at least) fixing that issue on macOS Sierra. The way I managed to do it is based on Dan Grove's reply to himself in this same thread, but with more DIY (thanks Dan!). Few ...
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Connect two monitors using DVI and/or VGA to USB-C

I highly recommend a thunderbolt dock to do this. In my experience it isn't possible to daisy chain the adapters as described in one of the other answers. In fact, the port they are using to daisy ...
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How can I connect a third monitor to my MacBook Pro 13"?

Check this question out, looks like a similar question to yours. How many monitors can the new retina MacBook Pro handle and at which pixels resolutions? Also, more specifically this: How many ...
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HDMI VGA projector cannot connect to Macbook Pro

I don't know which product you have, but I own an Insignia HDMI to VGA adapter. There's a micro-USB port on the adapter which I need to plug into a power source, and it then works. I just plug it ...
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HDMI to VGA with USB-C VGA adaptor on 2015 Retina Macbook

I just tested the proposed setup: It does not work the VGA monitor stays black. I have the Macbook 12Inch 8,2 early 2015 and the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with HDMI. Naively I bought an ...
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HDMI to VGA with USB-C VGA adaptor on 2015 Retina Macbook

You won't know until you actually get it and test it. HDMI specs say you should get 5v at 50mA. That's not much to start with. You can read about this more from here. You could get more power ...
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My external monitor doesn't work at full resolution with my MacBook

No program is needed. I was seeking help around forums and I decide to try with cable (without any adaptors) I bought cable for less than 4quid and I got full 2560x1440 it's Mini DisplayPort to ...
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Mac monitor is displaying screen but I cannot navigate my cursor to it

It turns out that it was inverted. Instead of navigating to the monitor from the left side of the screen, I should have been going through the right side. My monitor was set up to the left of my ...
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USB-C to VGA adapter Apple TV 4

No. From AppleInsider: "Unlike with the 12-inch MacBook, which uses the USB-C port for both charging and syncing, the USB-C connection on the Apple TV will only be used for diagnostics purposes." ...
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Securing VGA Output Plus Audio From An iPad

The Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter works, and when paired with a 3.5mm audio cord plugged directly into the output on the iPad, will allow for sound and video output. If you have a system that ...
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Mac mini incompatibility with HDMI to VGA

I understood is that from HDMI to VGA, it does not send a signal since it is analog and it does not work. No. HDMI sends a signal, but as you've already noted, one is digital and the other is analog....
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MBA & VGA monitor, using strange reduction Thunderbolt-HDMI-DVI-VGA

The Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter does not pass analog signal, only digital. VGA is analog.
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1920x1080 resolution not in the options after connecting external monitor on 2015 Macbook air running El Captain

You need HDMI connection, VGA is analog, it doesn't allow higher resolutions.
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Thunderbolt ports on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) stopped working

Since the MBP is so new, you should probably contact Apple right away. You have eliminated all but your new Mac as the problem. Let Apple fix it.
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