Resolution Hack v. 1440x900 Macbook :noes:

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  1. aCab

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    EDU: Resolution Hack v. 1440x900 Macbook :noes:

    Hey guys, wanted to up the resolution on my macbook, and stumbled upon a script that tricks programs into running at a higher resolution:

    1. Open up the Terminal Application on your mac. If you don't know how to do it, go to the upper right hand corner of your screen and click the magnifying glass. (This is spotlight, which is essentially a search engine for your whole computer.) Type in "terminal". When the computer recognizes the terminal application, double click it to open it.

    2. Once in terminal, hit enter twice to clear out anything keys you may have accidentally hit.

    3. Copy/paste this script: " defaults write -g AppleDisplayScaleFactor x " into the terminal box.

    4. Decide what scale you want to use. I used .89 to get an effective resolution of 1440x900. You can chose any number you want, but they may work differently.

    5. In the script that you pasted into terminal, replace the ending "x" with the number you picked. **HINT** TO RESET THE RESOLUTION TO THE NATIVE, ENTER "1".

    6. Hit enter to enter the script.

    7. Close terminal and any other applications you have open. Upon opening up each application, your resolution should be reset to a larger one. It's been reported that not all applications like this trick, so your results may vary. I'm not responsible for any harm done to your computer/personal being.

    8. Upon restarting the computer, everything will be reset.

    ///Here's\\\ my full blog on it.

    Enjoy!

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    :eek3: Is everything still crisp/clear? Screen shots?
     
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    screenshot.. seems like it could make things blurry?
     
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    full screenshots not resized.. plz :x:
     
  5. aCab

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    you can see the battery icon is messed up. :rofl:
     
  7. CyberBullets

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    But does the MacBook LCD display support 1440x900 w/o it looking like garbage?
     
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    gonna try this on my macbook :noes:
     
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    It looks really decent all things considered. There are a few problems, like I said, but it's nice when you need the space. Its easy to revert back.
     
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    :coold: Cool trick, but I'll stick with the default. Thanks for posting this though, interesting to see how to do it.
     
  11. Jonny Chimpo

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    This hack boned my machine pretty hard (unibody MacBook) so I don't think I'll use it again.

    I forgot to reset it before a reboot and when the machine restarted the menu bar was blank except for the icons on the right side (no actual menus though) and all my desktop icons were gone. Worst part was that I didn't have Terminal in the dock. I thought I was fucked hard until it occurred to me to use Spotlight to find Terminal so I could reset the script.

    So, in closing I'd like to thank Austin for giving me a goddamn heart attack. Please die in a fire. :fawk:
     
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    sorry broham. Like I said, what worked for me might not work for you. The only thing goofy on my menu bar is the battery icon.
     
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    how do you create groups for your bookmarks on your bookmarks bar like that?
     
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    nm i got it...
     
  15. quid

    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    is it possible on the last gen macbook? :x:
     
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    Nah, no real problem. Taught me to keep Terminal in my dock though. :o
     
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    It should work on any Mac OS X 10.4 and up.
     
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    gnarley
     
  19. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    I just gave it a shot, i found it tends to leave artifacts when scrolling, very choppy, tabs/toolbars don't like up properly, though text is very clear and sharp!

    Nice find, but alas, didn't work too friendly for me :(
     
  20. JCrev

    JCrev Where is your god now? OT Supporter

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    Before Full Tilt had resizable tables I used to use this so I could multiple tables comfortably on my laptop screen. Instead of applying scaling to all applications you can apply it to individual program which works much better in my opinion.
     

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