For a couple of years we had an iMac connected to our SONY Bravia TV via a HDMI cable, so we could watch DVDs and YouTube videos on the TV. Now we finally wanted to first time connect the rather new MacBook Pro to the TV – and were confronted with some nice looking problem: the colors went crazy.
Connecting the Retina 15″ MacBook Pro to the SONY Bravia via HDMI cable was easy. The rMBP has it’s own HDMI port – so all the adapters I was used to use with the iMac suddenly weren’t needed anymore: plug’n’play HDMI fun. So the video signal found it’s way to the TV – but on the TV screen everything appeared in ‘crazy colors’. It looked as if the black and white tones were replaced by magenta / pink / purple and baby blue. Wow! How psychedelic! As if the TV now had a built in solarization filter
The internet seems to be full with suggestions what could help to solve this problem: from changing cables to color calibrating. But nothing of that helped to solve the problem. For us the solution was rather simple: the retina resolution of the MacBook Pro seems to be the ‘problem’ – providing a ‘wrong’ resolution to the TV set.
To solve this problem we did the following:
- open the system preferences and go to
- Then simply switch the resolution from 1360 x 768 to 1080i
- optional: splitting the displays (uncheck “mirror displays”)
After that the crazyness was over and the colors shown on the TV set were behaving normal.