Yosemite Update: Secondary Monitor Display With Limited Resolution Choices

Yosemite Update: Secondary Monitor Display With Limited Resolution Choices


2015 MacBook Air
2012 MacBook Pro 15″
NewerTech Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
ProPresenter 5
Optoma TW610 ST projector (connected via VGA)

With the Yosemite update, the secondary monitor display options are limited to only 2 resolutions:
1280×1024 and 800×600.
There are no other options available under the “Scaled” option.

Yosemite secondary display resolutions
After blaming the Thunderbolt to VGA adapter, the cable, the projector, the user (me),
the host software (in this case ProPresenter 5), hardware (a 2015 MacBook Air), it came down to an OS problem with Yosemite.
It seems Yosemite is no longer able to auto sense what’s connected through the Thunderbolt port when it comes to VGA and it does not allow you to choose from a list of possibilities.

As a side note, I did try a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor that worked correctly
(i.e. showing me all available resolutions).
However, there wasn’t a 50′ HDMI cable available.

How do I know it’s not a hardware (2015 MacBook Air) issue?
Because an older MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) with a fresh install of Yosemite had the same issue
and the only thing in common was Yosemite.

Needless to say, this has driven me nuts for 2 weeks.

After more research, the solution is to hold down the “option/alt key
when selectingScaled” in the monitor preference.


Now all available resolutions including the one I need (1280×768) are shown.
Yosemite secondary display resolutions - all available

there are different refresh rates selected between the above images; refresh rates had nothing to do with what resolutions were available;
just wanted to make a note

So, thanks Yosemite for all the stress and aggravation for the last 2 weeks.

This seems to have been an issue with Mavericks as well.


Why did it take 2 weeks to figure this out? because I only have access to the system for a few hours on Sunday mornings
and have limited time to research during the week due to the fact that I’m simply a volunteer tech
and have a day job and evening responsibilities. 






LogMeIn! = LogMeOUT!

On September 28, 2006 I signed up for LogMeIn-FREE.
On September 29, 2006, I setup my account.

January 22, 2014, I signed up and installed  TeamViewer on all 3 of my computers.
This signifies the end of my relationship with LogMeIn-FREE and paid.

“Why you wanna do me like this?”


LogMeIn – Free (but not any more)

Until today, when I logged in and saw THAT at the top of my login screen, we had the best relationship imaginable. I have used LogMeIn-FREE for the last 7yrs and almost 4mo to help my in-laws, my parents, friends, my wife, and of course myself with computer issues and moving files around. I didn’t use it everyday and when I did, I was usually logged in for less than 30min.

LogMeIn Free - shuts down

No thanks.

I had NO IDEA this was coming. I had no idea that LogMeIn was going to ruin our relationship like this.

LogMeIn was a God send for these last 7yrs and almost 4mo. I could login to several computers and show people how to do something, I could update java and anti-virus for my in-laws, I could help a friend who ran a  small business find files on his computer – maybe 3 times a year (through his account), I could log in and show my wife where things were on her new Mac. It cost me nothing. I would have gladly paid a reasonable amount. A couple of dollars a month was reasonable for the amount I was using the system. $49  for 2 computers is out of the question for my personal and non-commercial usage.

A little search on the LogMeIn website and I found lots of people were very happy with what they had and very unhappy with what they now don’t have. Quite the backlash. If I made money using this software/system, I’d pay the $49, but I need more than the 2 computers, so I guess I still wouldn’t stay. Like 98% of the people said, I know they’re a business that has to make money. I get that and I’m ok with that. I’m not really ok with them breaking their guarantee/promise to keep LogMeIn-Free, FREE, for personal/non-commercial use.

“Say HELLO to my new friend!”

I’d like to tell everyone about my newest friend, TeamViewer.
I’ve installed this new remote access/remote control software on all 3 of my Macs and on my iPad.
It’s not as smooth and simple to install and run, I’ll say that. I didn’t run into any frustrating roadblocks and didn’t really have a lot of trouble (just some confusion on passwords).

“TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial users!”  It’s FREE. No strings.
There are fees for commercial and corporate use. I don’t qualify as either.

If you need remote access to your own personal computers, computers of family members and friends, TeamViewer is what you need. Check it out.



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I get nothing if you click the button and links above.
I just wanted to make it easier for anyone looking for a replacement solution for LogMeIn.


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