|This really sucks...problem connecting 12" powerbook to SAMSUNG TV|
As far as different display options in System Preferences between the 12 and 15, that can be a function of different OS versions, too, as well as Machound explained, different graphics card manufacturers. With the 15" and ATI you'll probably see the option to rotate your display whereas with a 12" with an nVidia card you won't have portrait mode as an option. But your problem is probably more due to your display/TV than the Mac.
The 12" PB, even the Rev A, connects just fine over VGA to higher end Samsung displays, like their line of high def DLPs, as well as to many high res LCDs--it's owners of tube sets, CRT TVs and projectors that seem to have have the most trouble with Macs--be it a 12" or a mini or whatever. Which Samsung display do you have dzankou? To potentially help you we'd need to know that.
|I'm not trying to bash the 12 inch PB... it's a great little Mac|
Agreed, I still love and use my 12PB daily, if there is any bashing warranted it is toward Apple itself for their decision to orphan the 12" model--inherently limiting its "pro" capabilities and failing to keep pace with respect to the 15"--forcing those of us who valued its form factor, dual-display capability without a hack and better keyboard--to overpay for the privilege of accepting less.
|I doubt many people buy a 12 inch PB with the idea of using it as the center of a HTPC.|
Agreed, but then, for me, any laptop even the 15" would be awkward in the HTPC context. In my case, with the two displays I have--the big Samsung DLP and a widescreen Dell LCD--it doesn't make a difference which of our Macs I connect--our mini, 12" and 15" PB--each Mac connects right out of the box either over VGA or DVI no problem.