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DisplayConfigX gives you a wide range of resolutions and sets them to whatever your monitor supports (auto detected, if your monitor supports EDID 1.2). If you want 100Hz resolutions or if the default resolutions aren't enough, this is your tool. Provides pretty much arbitrary resolutions (depending on your hardware). Works with most decent vga monitors and graphic cards. Supports DVI monitors and HDTV style devices.

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Version 1.0.9: Optionally keeps default resolutions.


Mac OS X 10.2 or later, multi-scan monitor.

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Paul Dorman Member IconReview+4
Paul Dorman

After I upgraded to 10.5 on my original MacBook, my external monitor no longer had a 1440x900 resolution available. I just bought DisplayConfigX, and it's working perfectly, now (10.6, now).

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Version 1.09
SEK Member IconReview+1

A real life saver. I was trying to hook up an HP w2338h monitor to a MacBook with a mini-DVI to HDMI cable. It should have worked, but System Preferences would not give me the monitor's native resolution (1920 x 1080, 60 hZ, not interlaced) as a choice.

Then I remembered using this application to set an old CRT to a higher refresh rate years ago. I had to buy a new license because I no longer had access to that computer or email account, but it was worth it.

It's not completely straight forward to set up, but only because there are lots of options that are beyond my level of understanding, but I read the instructions on the website and only changed what I was sure I wanted to change -- I preserved the system resolutions and added one timing setting at 1920 x 1080, 60 hZ, not interlaced, without changing any thing else. It worked perfectly.

If you know your computer is capable of supporting your monitor's native resolution, but System Preferences won't allow you to do it, this program is worth a try.

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Version 1.09
MartinBriley Member IconComment+1

Unfortunately, this is a PowerPC-only app. This means it runs under emulation (Rosetta) on any current Mac. SnowLeopard doesn't install Rosetta by default, so you'll get a warning dialog on first launch.

It has been four years since the Intel switchover. Time to recompile for the current architecture. The OS doesn't even run on PowerPC anymore.

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Version 1.09
tack84 Member IconComment+0

I have downloaded DisplayConfigX and purchased a serial number, but I have not received the serial number. The e-mail addresses on the website are not responding. Anybody have any good ideas how to make contact with these guys?

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Version 1.09
MrGando Member IconComment+30

I can't live without this app to connect my macbook to a 22 inches LG widescreen....

Does this work on leopard so I can upgrade tiger ???

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Version 1.09
cfranson Member IconComment+0

Help anyone? A friend bought a Mini and wants to hook it to her 1080 Mitsubisi tv. In tryinh to help her, I have had SO much trouble, and ended up with just a plain blue screen. After 3 hours on hold with the Apple support, they made an appointment with a local Genius Bar. The Genius there told us about this great program and said it has worked like a charm to hook up his large tv. So this will be my next plan of attack.

So, my question...does anyone know what resolution I need for a new mini and a new Mitsubishi 1080 tv?
Boy, would help EVER be appreciated!!!!

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Version 1.09

Have you checked the developer's website?


davecotter Member IconReview+0

Just wanted to give this guy full credit! With generous email support from the author, i realised my problem (reported earlier) was just pilot error. I am now easily able to output interlaced video formats from my MacMini (Early 2006 model, Intel Core Duo, with the intel GMA 950 graphics chipset). I'd like the user interface to be a wee bit more obvious, but it surely gets the job done! Excellent stuff!

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Version 1.09
Syed Ali

Dave, could you please share some of the info you received from the developer. I am trying to get 1080p working on a early 2006 Mac mini used with an Insignia 42" LCD which is supposed to do a full 1080p resolution.


Well all I did really was very VERY carefully read the instructions. Everything I needed was there in the first place, you just have to be very meticulous. There were many MANY restarts and trial and errors, and I needed to use AppleRemoteDesktop (or VNC) a lot because hooked to my TV if the signal came out wrong then I could not see the screen.

Basically start with a "known good" configuration and tweak it a bit and restart. If that's good repeat, else go back a step.


davecotter Member IconComment+0

I wrote to the author several days ago, and did not hear back.

The author claims "compatability with the new MacMini", however, I can not make it work with 1080i. I see others are having success with 1080i on other machines. When I add that resolution and restart, it does NOT show up in the menu (as 480p does show up). What am I doing wrong?

The software seems to be perfect, except I can't find value in it if it doesn't work on my setup. I'm happy to re-evaluate if i've done something wrong. Thanks.


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Version 1.09
Harald Schweder (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Harald Schweder (Developer)

"Unfortunately, this utility insists on writing something into the app's directory."
True. However there is zero need to put it there. It's only useful for the administrator of a machine and can stay eg in that accounts home. Besides you do not need the app after making the adjustments, so it's perfectly ok to use the app and then delete it as you did:-)


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Version 1.09
Anonymous Member IconReview

App (1.09) unexpectedly quits as soon as it stops 'bouncing' in the dock. Any help would be grealy appreciated. I'm on a Mac Mini running 10.4.2.

I wish it would work as this is an amazing app that I have used in the past w/ other computers.

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Version 1.09
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 48,429
Version Downloads 39,893
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 15 Jul 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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