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SwitchResX Reviews

14 July 2020

Monitor-resolution utility.

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piquadratpi2
12 September 2018
Version: 4.7.2

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I use this great little software now for years and never was disappointed. I use it on an iMac and a MacBook Pro too and it works on the newest macOS and on older versions too. Easy to use, very fast and not expensive. And what is very important too: the support by the developer is very fast and helpful. A big thanks therefore...
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Luke-armstrong
04 September 2020
Version: 4.10.1
Absolutely superb app that facilitates so much more than the simplified dumbed-down options provided by Apple System Preferences. I had no idea, for example, that my late 2012 Mac Mini could support a 4k display—it now happily runs a 3840x2160 display (at 30Hz via MiniDP) and a 1920x1200 display (at 60Hz via HDMI). Every conceivable option is made available and it will also tame the troublesome MacBook Pro display when used in clamshell mode. I just wish I had discovered it earlier, it could have saved me many hours of frustrated testing and expensive upgrades. Very affordable too.
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eikiemer
27 June 2020
Version: 4.10.0
Been looking for software to disable my screens individually forf'inever! So glad I found this, works like a charm.
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paulreuversnl
31 March 2020
Version: 4.9.1
This app is a must-have for everyone who uses a Mac for KeyNote or PowerPoint presentations, as it fixes all problems that Apple has created with the introduction of Catalina. When connecting the Mac (or MacBook) to an HDMI projector, more often than not are the desired resolutions and refresh rates missing from Apple's Display preferences, caused by an incomplete interpretation of the projector's EDID information. SwitchResX fixes all that and allows you to select any possible screen mode that your device supports from a comprehensive (yet easy to use) user interface. As a bonus, the missing screen modes will appear in Apple's Display preferences like magic, as soon as you start SwitchResX. Many thanks for making this app available.
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xchaoszox
17 February 2020
Version: 4.9.1
This isn’t safe at all I tried everything I went and followed every instruction on the page and I still can’t get rid of the goddamn black screen if I could leave less than a star I would don’t fall for this then they have the nerve to make you pay for it after the trial LOL that’s a joke if you were just gonna mess up people’s computers why even make a custom resolution
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r-16
25 November 2019
Version: 4.9.1
This software is absolutely great. I use it since over 7 years, and it allowed me even then to output from my old MacBook Full HD Frame Packed 3D images to a 3D beamer. It has incredibly many features. Moreover the developer, Stéphane Madrau, is extremely helpful and fast, if there is any problem. And if you ever bought a version, every update is free. As I said, I bought it over 7 years ago, and the update to the newest version that runs on the newest OSX versions, is still free! Unbelievable. So, I can recommend it completely, if you want to output via monitor settings a special format (like Full HD Frame Packing) that is not supported by default, but still possible by your hardware! Big thanks to Stéphane!
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Michael Frankel
02 May 2019
Version: 4.8.2
The Developer's website says 4.8.1 is the current version. Who posted this update on here?
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Bioxy
26 March 2019
Version: 4.8.1
Why does SwitchResX want to control Mail and Safari and access their documents? Mojave gave me the option of denying access, which I did. Very concerning such access was attempted or requested.
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piquadratpi2
12 September 2018
Version: 4.7.2
I use this great little software now for years and never was disappointed. I use it on an iMac and a MacBook Pro too and it works on the newest macOS and on older versions too. Easy to use, very fast and not expensive. And what is very important too: the support by the developer is very fast and helpful. A big thanks therefore...
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mwbueno-1
11 July 2018
Version: 4.7.0
I have tried many monitor resolution management apps and this app is the only app I have used that can give me a decent 5K (5120 X 2880) on my LG 43" monitor. which was built as a 4K monitor. In fact, it offers clear up to 7680 X 4320 @ 60Hz which does work but, it too small for this monitor. I am very happy and give it 5 stars.
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0.5
jturko
17 October 2017
Version: 4.6.6
This app is utter garbage. I was unable to correct the display for my external monitor, and now even after deleting the application my screens are overscanned and there I am unable to reverse this effect.
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Wts
08 August 2017
Version: 4.6.6
I have been using the current version is 4.6.6 for nearly two weeks. You certainly can rely on MacUpdate to keep us up to date. Never the less, i rate the app at plus 5. I use it to quickly change screen resolutions to match my different software needs especially when playing games that require full screen settings or only windowed screens.
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Computerlarry
12 September 2016
Version: 4.5.6
I have a KVM switched monitor which I couldn't get the right resolution for in the Display preferences. I installed SwitchResX, and restarted, and the monitor attached to the KVM was recognized. I had a client who needed just one Application to be enlarged on the screen, and SwitchResX automatically switches settings whenever they start the app.
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Aargl
24 October 2015
Version: 4.5.1
Latest version is 4.5.2.
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carolusmagnus
26 June 2015
Version: 4.5.1
i seem to be too dumb for the user interface. i want to create a custom resolution. however, i can't save or activate the new setting. why would you make this so complicated? just offer an "add/edit resolution" in the list of existing settings, and you're there. to only switch available resolutions, i can use the system settings (use option key to reveal hidden settings, btw). on a sidenote: a trial version is not "shareware". if you can test drive a car, it's also not becoming shareware. it's just a commercial product with a test period.
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Kenbotwinick
04 May 2015
Version: 4.5.0
4.5 was released a year ago. http://www.madrau.com/srx_download/srx_download/history.php Why is it showing up in MacUpdate today? I've been seeing this a lot on many different apps. Weird.
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Dedalus271
15 July 2014
Version: 4.4.0
Mavericks 10.9.4, MBProRetina and it works everything. Even with DisplayPad, a small app to use an iPad as second display.
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Etherialgirl
13 July 2014
Version: 4.4.0
I LOVE this app! I'm on a non-retina MacBook Pro 13 (late 2012 model), and I was constantly getting stressed over not enough screen real estate. Especially on web sites where I couldn't scroll to where I needed to go. Or even the AirMail app, where I couldn't make the right email viewing panel wide enough to see the whole width of an email. But now all this is fixed! Of course it isn't as crisp as the retina display MPBs, but it will work for now.! I also want to thank the developer, Stephane, for helping me get this working. He really went above and beyond — emailing back and forth many times — on a Saturday — until we could figure it out. The problem what that I didn't realize I needed to select "scaled" for my custom resolutions. The custom resolutions I now am using are: 1360x850 (+1/16th), 1440x900 (+1/8th) and 1600*1000 (+1/4). When I now look at the original resolution of 1280x800, I doubt I'll ever go back to that. I'm really happy with the 1440x900. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!
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0.5
Duncan-Adams
13 May 2014
Version: 4.4.0
Be vary carful . Do research . It may work for some .. but for me it was a failure . Mac Book Pro I7 Processor Ram 8 gig . OSX Lion It will NOT UNINSTALL. Found this out after the fact and much research . Then used the notes I found from Stephane on a web search . On searching for SwithRes files and deleting them. Well that does not work either . When I used thunderbolt for external display . THe MBP display went to about 5 in by 5 in in size with default rez. I could read it but it made it ineffective to use with demo / projector .... Tried everything I could think of sent her an Email but did not wait to see if I get response . I have to get it fixed . Had to wipe the drive ... reload with Lion and I will migrated an old back up taken PRIOR to the poison that Switch Res X has put into the MBP . Needless to say I have killed several hours of my life with this . Thankfully it was a 10 day trial and I don't have the hassle of getting a refund ... thank you for that Stephane. If this works for other people great ... to me this was like a one night sand with a venereal disease . It just would not go away unless I purified the machine . Duncan
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Hokusai
07 January 2014
Version: 4.3.6
Excellent program, does what it does well. Running it under Mountain Lion (no Mavericks on my Macbook yet). Bought it to disable a display when it wasn't in use anymore and it does that perfectly.
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MikeU9139
09 December 2013
Version: 4.3.6
!!! DO NOT BUY THIS APP !!! I tried to get this application to work on OSX MAVERICKS for a week and a half, until the Author writes me an e-mail telling me that IT DOESNT WORK ON MAVERICKS! I wasted two weeks trying to get this piece of garbage to work!! The guy who wrote it Stephane, still sells it to people knowing it DOESNT WORK ON MAVERICKS, I am threatening to take him to the better business bureau. !! DO NOT BUY THIS APP !! PIRATE IT TO SEE IF IT WORKS FIRST! DOES NOT WORK FOR MAVERICKS. To the Author, You suck!
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piquadratpi2
16 November 2013
Version: 4.3.6
This is a very useful small program which helps me configuring and testing my monitors since many years. Ok, compared with some UI's on the market it is not up to date, but it works and it works very good. And the developer helps always to solve problems and adapts SRX to every new system without any update fee. Therefore I thank him very much...
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2.5
Thoby
06 July 2013
Version: 4.3.5
Horribly confusing UI and buggy as well - no thanks
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Tsehov
16 February 2013
Version: 4.3.4
Excellent piece of software! I just purchased SwitchResX to manage my MBP's and external display's features. This software is better than I could imagine in my use.
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Afcgbbob
14 February 2013
Version: 4.3.4
OK, I took back all I said about Unsanity and any connection to SwitchResX but I found a few thing the author of SRX that you may not be aware of. Although you say you have nothing to do with APE, in fact APE has something to do with you. I was once again doing a search with EasyFind (An excellent search app that can just about can find files inside apps and invisible files. I found APE on any drive or partition that had a system on it. In doing the search I found that it had attached itself to some components onto SRX down to the framework level. Did you have any idea it was doing that? I found this on any of my system drives or partition. Ape was being put every where especially areas that required Adm password to do it. Now how can they get pass that with out it being illegal by Apple terms and use agreement. As I said it attached itself to SRX, Office, and Photoshop. Who gives Unsanity the right to attach themselves to application without ADM permissions? There are many privacy issues being broken here and everyone is looking the opposite way. Then there is the question of why do they bury their SW so deep into the hierarchy of your Mac. As I said, I found a great deal of pieces of APE over 10 folders deep! Now why would do that unless they do not want the files to be found. Again, an invasion of our privacy and I found this elsewhere on other system drives I only use in an emergency. APE is breaking every rule in the book and I am going to call apple again to let them know after uninstalling it reinstalled again and much more than I imagined. If they can do this with APE then what are they placing into your drive when you install one of their Haxies. They could be spying on you right now. If you do have APE on your drive, do a search with a GOOD searcher because SpotLight will not find everything. I have tried many search engines and EasyFind is the best one I have used. Then watch as you go into shock when you see where it placed itself. Mr Madrau do a search and you will see for yourself how it connected itself to your SW. Ape is like a terminal disease where if you think you have all the pieces gone, somewhere there is still one very small not being picked up and will use it to reconstruct APE. All I can say is Buyer Beware when you do buy any Unsanity software. If you have any run a search for your self and see where the parts are located. You may be in for a surprise.
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Afcgbbob
29 January 2013
Version: 4.3.4
Over all this a useful program but it does have some cravats. One is if you choose a wrong resolution the screen will go black and hitting the reset keys have no effect on it and to solve it I would have to open another partition and manually yank it from the pref pane folder. Going into safe mode would not help. The only other this and this one I despise is how it install software without asking or letting the user know about it. It totally by passes all administrator protocols and installs it. The program I speak of is APE. The only reason I use SR is because I have a PPC 2.7 dual processor G5 and I will not be updating any more. I know I have made a point about Haxies and how they can cause a meltdown of your operating system and I still live by that. For every program they make there is a stand alone program that can do the same thing without putting hooks into the system. I do not know of any company that installs programs that put hooks into the system folder and get by the privilege protocols. Unsanity is violating your Mac and Apple rules when they do that. I realize that there are many people out there who swear by their stuff and if you do, fine. However, do you want a company violating Mac protocols and installing software behind your back. To me that is highly illegal. This why I am saying it here and not to down SR. SR is a good program as long as the updates come out before any system updates. I a system update does come out, I strongly recommend you wait for the updates on any Haxie program you are using or the upgrade may crap out on you. I know that by personal experience. They do not follow Apple Code when they place the hooks into the system folder and that is why your system my not work right because it is not compatible with those hooks. Now I know that I will get negative points because I speak the truth as a Professional Reviewer but, those bottom feeders can take their head and put it where the sun don't shine. Some people cannot handle the truth. End of Line
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Christel1987
24 September 2012
Version: 4.3.3
Great for Retina users who wants the full monty regarding resolution. A bit expensive though.
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Nontroppo
30 August 2012
Version: 4.3.2
We've used SwitchResX for years in a vision research lab as it is the only software that provides precise timing control for CRT monitors that are still superior to LCDs for research (deterministic timing). But a recent update to a retinaMBP and SwitchResX has taken on a whole new life, I've bound ⌘⌥F1-F4 to switch between the different HiDPI and native resolutions, really great and works flawlessly. This is essential for un-optimised software like Lightroom if you want to work at true 1:1 pixels. Regular updates and a very communicative developer, highly recommended!
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meme12
16 July 2012
Version: 4.3.1
In the last week, I moved to a new mac running multiple displays, which i do not use all of 100% of the time. Gave the trial a go and soon purchased, very happy!! The ability to turn off a display via software is gold. Works great, THANKYOU! I also appreciate the great depth of monitor/config features available for if i ever need them.
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seals
03 July 2012
Version: 4.3.1
great price, allows use of 2880x1800 MBPwR display :)
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meme12
03 July 2012
Version: 4.3.1
I've been waiting for this to go on promo for years!!! BUT!! Since then, i've used a little fridge magnet to achieve the same monitor control i was after.. and that doesn't cost 10 bucks. Does it still use that ape api? I can't think of a reason to get this finally after the fridge magnet trick :(
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Cowicide
19 June 2012
Version: 4.3.1
I was about to ask about this, but found my answer at this link: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257796/run_a_retina_macbook_pro_at_full_2880by1800_resolution_induce_eye_strain.html You CAN use SwitchResX to enable full 2880x1800 resolution on the Macbook Pro retina display. But, be sure and read the warning at the bottom of the article about backing up your computer first.
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Afcgbbob
04 October 2011
Version: 4.2.6
Up front I HATE HAXIES!. But, since I have a G5 and will no longer be doing major system upgrades, I figured it was safe to try one. The only thing I did not like was the installation of APE behind my back. This is one reason I do not like this company and so does Apple. This I got from people in higher levels at Apple. They just do not approve of software that is placed in the system folder and affects the functionality of the system folder. I just cannot understand why they are so inept at making stand alone sw. Anyhow I digress, SwitchResX is one of the few items they make that I have not found in any other program to do what it does and do it well. It gives you so many features to control your monitor that I have yet to find in any other sw. I have a LG N2051-W with an ATI Radeon X800 XP video card and after doing all the updates I am now able to run it at 1280 x 960 and a refresh rate of 75 HRZ. I can take it even higher but then the refresh rate would suffer. The reason I say this is because this monitor was not designed for this resolution and yet I am getting a perfect screen image and this first showed up in SWX first before showing in the Apple Monitor Preference. I still hate that it is a Haxie and cannot understand why it cannot be written as just a plain application. Why do you have to put your teeth into the system folder??? Apple does not approve of it and yet you just spit in their face and break the developer codes in making your haxies. Unless you are at a point with your Mac where you are no longer updating your system you need to be careful of using haxies. They can totally corrupt your system when a major system upgrade comes out and they had not updated their software. It had happened to me. A major system upgrade was trashed due to a haxie. All I can say is just be careful when you do a system upgrade if the haxie has not been upgraded for it. This comes from over 25 years of reviewing software on the Mac. End of Line... PS: If anyone is looking for a Professional Mac writer please contact me at gameboybobataol.com
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Donmontalvo
23 July 2011
Version: 4.2.4
So someone please explain how this $19.00 (actually $24.95 when we try to register) is any better than Display Maestro ($4.99)?
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Justmed
14 July 2011
Version: 4.2.4
The download link is for the older 4.2.3 version. I've also had a look on the developers site and the version shown there has also changed back to the older 4.2.3.
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Mauromaitan
29 March 2011
Version: 4.2.3
cannot download. The throughput form the website (through MacUpdate and directly), does not go over 205 bytes per second and download stops after a little while (my counter is saying it will take approx 13 hours to download). Access to all other websites and downloads works a charm. I am on a very fast connection. thanks
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Thomas1977
26 March 2011
Version: 4.2.2
Is there a way to lock a resolution AND graphics mode for Macbooks?
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ben-marko
11 February 2011
Version: 4.2.1
Not sure what the utility is here. Resolution can be changed within System Preferences, and is it really worth $20 to save icon positions?
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Andu
16 January 2011
Version: 4.2
with this I could resolve an issue with an external Monitor at MacbookPro 17" (not unibody), that went black every now and then for about half a second: Setting up both monitor with exactly 60 Hz removed the problem. Thanks.
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Dualie
18 October 2010
Version: 4.1.8
This seems to be the only solution out there for switching the menu bar to another display without manually dragging it in the Displays/Arrange preference pane. Kudos the S.Madrau for responding to my query about it. Though it doesn't (yet) toggle, there are options for both hot keys and a desktop contextual menu. Awesome.
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Jlangman
06 September 2010
Version: 4.1.7
Hi I downloaded the demo a while ago. I was hoping to get my old g5 to use the VGA input on my old pioneer 53" rear projection tv however I couldn't get it to work. Has anyone had any expeirence with this? Thanks. Jim
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Jlangman
06 September 2010
Version: 4.1.7
Hi I downloaded the demo a while ago. I was hoping to get my old g5 to use the VGA input on my old pioneer 53" rear projection tv however I couldn't get it to work. Has anyone had any expeirence with this? Thanks. Jim
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Cortig
12 August 2010
Version: 4.1.7
I love this application. It works like a charm for me. I've had a few issues (crashes) witht eh previous version but the author was extremely responsive and the new version corrects all my problems (and more).
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Ean
12 August 2010
Version: 4.1.7
I use this to idiot-proof display resolution and configuration changes on a couple of workstations with very complicated video routing setups and it works like a champ. There are occasional oddities in the way active sets are displayed in the menu that come and go with different versions, but they've always only been cosmetic. Have never been able to get the desktop icon position features to work--probably because I wasn't willing to invest more than thirty seconds in figuring them out--but don't actually need them anyway. Being able to customize the menu, removing items I don't want users monkeying with is superb.
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Xenophile
04 March 2009
Version: 3.8.6
This might actually be useful if it could store "sets" containing both resolution settings and colorsync profiles. For now I'll just keep using Apple's menu item to switch resolutions. Nice try, though.
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Veryvito
04 March 2009
Version: 3.8.6
How does this offer anything different from the "Show displays in Menu bar" setting already in the Displays Preference panel?
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Xenophile
05 January 2009
Version: 3.8.5
APE is a system hack that is unsupported by Apple, meaning that it mucks with system-level internals in ways that Apple does condone, and more importantly, ways that Apple has not rigorously tested. To be fair, there is some controversy among geeks who know vastly more than I about OS X as to whether APE destabilizes OSX. So when you're up against a deadline, or you've labored for hours on a complex project since last backing it up, if it gives you a nice warm fuzzy feeling to contemplate a few OS X gurus arguing whether APE destabilizes your system or not, then go ahead and use APE. Me? I don't trust APE any further than I could throw a real ape.
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Revco
01 May 2008
Version: 3.8.2
Huh? What wrong with APE? Me APEd for many years with no problem. Don't point finger at APE. APE good not bad.
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Xenophile
30 April 2008
Version: 3.8.2
Avoid. Unsanity APE is an unsupported hack that accesses Mac OS X processes that Apple has delcared off limits. All too often, I've identified APE as a cause of system instability or application weirdness when troubleshooting Macs. Any potential user of APE needs to ask themselves if they really need the functionality it enables, and if so, can they afford extra system down time as the price for this functionality?
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Macinspore
30 December 2007
Version: 3.8
This software is downright dangerous and insane. Based on my testing you have a very high likelihood of getting an "out of range" error and the loss of your display. Recovery from this problem is NOT simple. 1st Reboot you Mac and hold down the command, option, p and r keys. If your lucky this will fix things (it did not for me) 2nd find another monitor, plug it in and reboot. This fixed things things on a G3 running Jaguar. 3rd hold down the option and S keys while rebooting your Mac and delete the "com.apple.windowserver.XXXXX.plist" exist file in your own /Users/yourname/Library/Preferences/ByHost folder. Time to test your knowledge of UNIX and the "rm" command But if this does not do the trick for you perhaps you could buy a new Mac or pay the Author, he claims he will try to help :-) I tried this software on 3 Macs and got the same error: two Intel Macs (Tiger and Leopard) and a G3 tower (Jaguar) (1 Compaq Monitor, 1 HP Monitor 1 Apple Studio Display) And yes I love too test software for the Mac, been doing so for over ten years. This software made me work hard to recover the display in each case. the Author seems to be a good fellow and has been around the Mac OS for years (probably longer than I have and thats a long time) - but frankly this software is not ready for prime time on the Mac OS X
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smtips
22 December 2007
Version: 3.7.11
Oh MAN!! I was just about to get this because for some stupid reason I can only get a 60Hz refresh rate through the Displays panel when my monitor supports 75Hz. I think it's stupid that a mac with a 256 Nvidia card will only show a single refresh rate available when the monitor will support higher. It's ALWAYS been a problem with Macs way back since System 7 that the res/refresh rates that COULD be supported weren't selectable in the system...DUHHHH on you apple!! Anyway....Unsanity APE has been known to cause FAR FAR too many issues. I refuse to use it, and you just lost my money...I was all ready to buy this til I saw the below comment...forget that APE CRAP.
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