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I just bought a top-end MacBook Air 13.3" 4 GB/256 GB for presentations. I also have a Dell M410HD projector, also quite new (a few months old), which works great with the two PCs (one new, one old) I used pre-Mac. The Dell projector was bought because it supports XGA projection, and I need sharp images and great color in my presentation. Problem: When I hook up the Air to it, the color is terrible on the projector. It's quite dark, not at all sharp. I've got the miniVGA hooked up to the VGA cord to the overhead, it's mirrored, and the prefs show it's projecting at 1280x(800? Don't remember), 60 hz. I've changed mirror to not mirror; changed hz, changed resolution, and always the same. I've tried hooking up to a nice monitor from the Mac via VGA and it looks great, so I know the connector works as does the cord. The Dell projector also has settings, which I've tried (different resolutions, contrast, brightness), and nothing has worked. I've also had all shut down, hooked up, and then turned on, and no significant difference. Help! This hardware was supposed to work well together, and Apple was no help on the phone (they blame the projector).

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  • jaluban Aug 11, 2011

    VCitron, the only thing I didn't try was to make sure the projector is not set to Eco mode, which compromises color and brightness. Check it out and let me know.

    I'm about to buy this one instead and pray it works: http://www.amazon.com/Epson-PowerLite-17...

  • jaluban Aug 11, 2011

    Hey, check to see if the projector/bulb is set to Eco mode. That's the only thing I didn't try. Let me know. Eco mode often makes the color and brightness compromised.

    I'm now looking at this one and praying it works: http://www.amazon.com/Epson-PowerLite-17...

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They (Apple) might be right. It could be that the projector is damaged, like the bulb, or it could be incompatible with your computer, but I don't think that is the case. Try taking the projector to a computer repair place.

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  • jaluban May 20, 2011

    Thanks for that. The projector is working fine w/PCs and other Macs, it seems, so I know it has to do with the Macbook Air.

  • vcitron Aug 11, 2011

    We have exactly the same problem. When we go into the mac display settings and calibrate to fix the color, the dell auto adjusts and turns something half-way OK back into junk. This has not happened with other projectors so there must be some interesting communication mismatch.

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