Joined: 06 Apr 2006
Location: Wellington, FL
|Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:35 am Post subject: Minimum usable resolution of OSX and workaround?
|I have been working to get my Mac Mini on my several years old Mitsubish 65" WS-65511 projection TV. It supports the following HD modes: 480i, 480p, and 1080i. While the TV doesn't have a DVI or HDMI input, it does have RGBHV connections and I found a cable on digitalconnection.com to connect the VGA out of the Mini to my TV.
Using DisplayConfigX I was able to get 1920x1080 resolution running on my TV. That sounds sweet, but in practice, since my TV is 1080i (with the i meaning interlaced) you get a very flickery picture, pretty much unusable without getting vertigo.
So that means I have to use the 480p mode (the p meaning progressive). I switched to that mode and found that the 480 vertical resolution is too small to really run pretty much anything- the docked bar along the bottom is movable, which I did, but with many of the apps I ran the application window size is to big. Even DisplayConfigX is too tall to add monitor resolutions- I can't get to the buttons at the bottom of the app.
I know when I switch to a mode less than 800x600 the OS warns me that this may give a less than suitable experience. So I'm wondering if 800x600 is really the minimum I need to really run this OS. I see a lot of people running at 640x480 and other resolutions below 800x600 so I'm also wondering if there are any workarounds for this issue? One I hoped existed but can't find is a way to make a virtual desktop size that is bigger than the actual screen size- mean you can pan and scroll around a larger size than your TV can support. That would be suitable for me- at least I'd be able to get to the bottom of the screens of most apps!
Thanks in advance for you help!