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possible resolution on extern tft with ibook

by kristeljeuring / August 13, 2005 5:52 AM PDT

Hi,

Another question bout the 12 inch ibook. because of the smal 12 inch screen i was planning to get an external screen with it, with an higher resolution 1280 x 1024. but is it possible to get that resolution out of your ibook (because that is just a 1024 x 786? so can i change the settings of the ibook?

thanks

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Probably not
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 13, 2005 6:31 AM PDT

Because the video on an external monitor connected to the iBook is only a Mirror, there is a distinct possibility that even though the card "might" be able to produce higher resolutions, the iBook screen cannot handle it and therefore everything is geared to the lowest resolution supported. To produce 1280 X 1034 on an external monitor, you would have to set the iBook to that figure. It is not available.
Example. I recently upgraded to a 17" Apple flat panel which is currently running at 1280 X 1024. The monitor that was replaced was the Apple 15" flat panel. It's maximum resolution was 1024 X 768 and that was the highest resolution available in the monitors control panel.

Sorry

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not so sure
by SantiagoCrespo / August 19, 2005 8:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Probably not

Theoretically, after you connect the second monitor and turn off the built-in one, it should let you set it to whatever resolution the iBook detects it can handle.

At least my HP lets me do that Silly

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Hmmm, Interesting
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 19, 2005 8:44 AM PDT
In reply to: not so sure

How do you turn off the iBook monitor?

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any more word on this issue ?
by grimgraphix / August 30, 2005 5:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmmm, Interesting

I'm considering getting a larger LCD desktop monitor to attach to my 12 inch iBook (G4 & 1.2 mghz) to ease my tired eyes as I work at home.

Did anyone ever find out an answer to this issue ?

Dose anyone know if it is a hardware issue and depends on the video card ?

Is it a software issue and is there a hack for this ?

grim

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