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Stubborn Display Settings

by TickleMonster012 / August 26, 2008 4:11 AM PDT

I am using a widescreen LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels on a system running Windows 2000, and the display settings window refuses to give me the option to set the screen resolution to this value. (Or any other resolution with the proper height to width ratio.) After contemplating this situation for a while it occurred to me that I have no idea what defines the display resolution options that are available in that settings window. So my question is: How do I make the option for a 1280x800 pixel resolution appear on that display area selection slider? Or, more to the point, how do I convince Windows to stop being so unreasonably stubborn and just display an area of the desktop that is 1280 pixels wide and 800 high?

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It's a combination of...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 26, 2008 9:45 PM PDT

The video driver plus the MONITOR.INF from the monitor's maker.

You don't have to supply make and model numbers in your posts but when you omit details, replies can't be specific with maybe a link to the monitor's driver (MONITOR.INF) or more than how it works.

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Thanks for the tip
by TickleMonster012 / August 27, 2008 6:27 AM PDT

Thanks for the info, Bob. It feels really good to finally understand how to get my computer to do what I want it to do. Unfortunately, I got my monitor second-hand and it didn't come with any software, and the website of the company that makes the monitor requires purchase information about the product before they will talk to you (and I am concerned that they will refuse to provide support for a used product.) So if anyone can tell me where to find the monitor.inf file for an eMachines E15T4W monitor I would be very grateful. By the way, I am using a Viper V550 video card, which I hope will support the desired resolution without any problems, but if anyone knows that this card has a problem handling unusual display sizes (and, ideally, how to fix the problem) that information would also be appreciated.

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The Viper 550 looks to be the problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 27, 2008 6:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the tip

I didn't find a suitable driver for this card that will support your monitor. Try something made after 2000.

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