cscreen for Intel

Years ago (2004?) I wrote a little command line utility that allowed users to alter their screen resolutions, bit depths and refresh rates. To be entirely honest I don’t even remember why I did it in the first place. However it seems to have been somewhat useful to a handful of folks over the years. I still see requests for it and occasionally get emails asking if I’ve updated cscreen for the Intel machines. The answer, now, is yes. I even created a page for cscreen for OS X so folks can link to it as needed.

That said… I do not have a Retina display and do not know anyone with a Retina display, so I cannot test it on such devices. If you have a Retina display and wish to give it a whirl, be my guest. In fact, if anyone wants to provide any feedback, please don’t hesitate.


2 replies on “cscreen for Intel”

With a Retina Display, I have noticed the following:
* ‘cscreen -v’ does not show the scaled resolutions for the Retina Display
– For example, in “System Preferences > Display” you’ll see “Scaled” resolutions available for “Looks like 1680×1050” and “Looks like 1920×1200”. cscreen will show the “1680×1050” resolution with the ‘-v’ flag, but it won’t show ‘1920×1200’
* ‘cscreen -v’ will show additional resolutions that are unavailable from System Preferences
– This include unscaled resolutions, such as 2560×1600 and 2880×1800. Setting these resolutions will give you tiny screen elements since there is no OS doubling.

I run my monitor on my MBPR at “Scaled: More Space”, which is the “looks like 1920×1200” resolution. I have not found a way to set my monitor to this standard setting with cscreen.

I’m having the exact same problem as Oliver. Does anyone know of a solution? Lynn, if you need someone to test I’d be glad to help.

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