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    MBP+ Monitor help !
    Hey guys, i just bought a 21.5" SyncMaster P2270 Samsung monitor and when i hook it up to my 15" MBP via, HDMI Cable with a minidisplayport adaptor, the resolution is appalling.

    The monitor support 1080p but some how i just can't figure out how to get a decent resolution on my monitor like my mac.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    *edit using a 2010 2.6 ghz MBP

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    Don't use the HDMI input. Use the DVI input on the SyncMaster and set it up for its native resolution. Should be OK then. That's how I have my SyncMaster setup and the display looks great.

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    Have not used HDMI either...

    Agree with chscag use DVI

    Have the SyncMaster 2494HM hooked up to an older MacBook Pro via DVI and looks great. at 1920X1080
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    Since you haven't told us anything about what you've tried, I can only suggset you open up System Preferences - Displays and make sure you have selected the proper resolution for the monitor.

    I agree with the above advice though. My recommendation is also to use DVI when available for connecting any computer to a monitor instead of HDMI. Once the displayport makes it's way onto monitors in general, that may change.
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    Firstly thank you very much for the replies.

    I've tried everything and for some reason i can get the resolution to 1920x 1080 on the display settings... maybe the HDMI adaptor doesn't support it?

    So do you guys recommend using a minidisplayport to DVI adaptor for my monitor?

    ps: why is HDMI so bad?

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    So do you guys recommend using a minidisplayport to DVI adaptor for my monitor?
    Yes, as advised.

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    Hey guys i borrowed a mates HDMI- DVI cable and the resolution is definitely better however even though i set it to 1920x1080 it does fit the whole screen on the monitor? any advice?

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    Can only assume you meant it does not fit the whole screen. Check the following thread, post # 2, item # 2.

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/oth...c-your-tv.html
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    I've heard that using HDMI instead of DVI is only good for gaming and movies, not reading text as it will be too small.

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    Not an answer to this thread, but more so a good read:
    DVI vs. HDMI vs. Component Video -- Which is Better? - eCoustics.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Can only assume you meant it does not fit the whole screen. Check the following thread, post # 2, item # 2.

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/oth...c-your-tv.html
    I did say in the previous post that it does not fit the whole screen.

    Anyway cheers for all your help especially Bobtomay.... your thread u linked is extremely impressive and you are definitely a huge asset to these forums.

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    Hope that helped ya out.

    (You might re-read your previous post. You left out the "not" part. )
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