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Hi, I have my macbook connected to aoc wide screen (23"?) monitor the display on my monitor is letterboxed even though I have clicked mirror monitors. the resolution of my mac screen is 1280 x 800 please help me get the correct picture on my aoc monitor

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  • claremorton Apr 09, 2011

    hi, what should I set the monitor's resolution to?

  • claremorton Apr 09, 2011

    no this isn't possible -

    my mac is set up as 1280 x 800 but the only resolution options my monitor is giving me are

    1280 x 1024

    or 1280 x 960

    both of which result in a distorted or blurred image.

    Is there a way that I can over ride these settings so that the image on the monitor is clear and undistorted? I don't mind having black space down the sides of the screen is that mean the macbook screen is replicated. at the moment, I have black bars top and bottom

    thank you

  • claremorton Apr 09, 2011

    hi, thanks,

    can you recommend which monitor I should try? I am assuming a mac monitor would work perfectly although much more expensive!



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Hi There and Welcome to Fixya.

Connecting a monitor to your MBP gives you more space to work on. You may want to check on the following and see if it was done properly :

  • Ensure physical connection - either mini DVI or mini DVI-VGA will work
  • Turn on the mirror mode by pressing "F7" or "Fn+F7"
  • Adjust the resolution of the monitor through the system preferences or the "Display status" in the menu bar
  • Put the macbook into "Sleep mode" to obtain the full (optimum) resolution on the AOC monitor
  • Keep the lid of the laptop open to access kybd and track pad
  • To boot the computer using the AOC monitor, turn on the computer and close the lid of the laptop at once.
Please let me know if this wont work.

Thank you for using Fixya.

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  • Arvin Antonio Mercado
    Arvin Antonio Mercado Apr 09, 2011

    Hi There and Thanks for responding,

    You can go ahead and try the 1280 x 800 resolution.

    Please do get back to me.

    Thanks again.

  • Arvin Antonio Mercado
    Arvin Antonio Mercado Apr 09, 2011

    I assume that you already tried any of the font smoothing options under appearance in system preferences. Anyways, this issue has been rolling out for quite a long time with Mac OSX and external display, either in VGA or DVI mode. To give you a straight answer, there are no options to override the ext display resolution. OSx 'makes' the external display fit it's resolution of 1280x800 - hence, the blurred fonts/texts/images. For more information, here is a discussion surrounding the same :

    My best recommendation is to try out a different monitor with different resolution aspects.


  • Arvin Antonio Mercado
    Arvin Antonio Mercado Apr 09, 2011

    Apple LCD/LED monitors are highly recommended, though you can consider those "non-glossy" DELL LCD monitors as well - I would prefer if you can bring the macbook with you to ultimately try those potential LCD's while in the store.

    Thank you.



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