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1366 x 768 resoultion using Intel chipset

by Niandler / May 27, 2009 12:17 AM PDT

Hi. I have a Dell Vostro a860 and just recently I put XP SP2 on it. Everything is fine except for the aspect ratio. The optimum resolution is 1366x768, but properties only shows up to 1024 which stretches everything out and hurts my eyes. It uses an Intel video card and I've downloaded and installed the latest driver for it, but nothing has changed. Where should I turn to next?

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by Niandler / May 27, 2009 12:21 AM PDT

Also. I don't think it is the driver anyway because when I run Ubuntu off of a live cd, it chooses the correct resolution automatically.

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No answer, but a comment.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 27, 2009 5:03 AM PDT
In reply to: P.S.

I think you've just proved that it is the driver.

If Ubuntu off a Live CD runs the correct resolution, then that shows the video card and the monitor are working properly. Since a Linux Live CD uses its own drivers, (as far as I am aware), that only leaves the Windows graphics driver.

I have heard some mention here in other posts, that trying 'older' drivers may work. I have no experience of that.


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by Niandler / June 1, 2009 8:22 AM PDT

Oh. Well. I made the solution of just putting Windows 7 on and I'm quite happy with that decision. Everything works quite well.

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Just another note.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 1, 2009 8:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Eh

I see in your first post that you said you recently installed XP onto this Dell.

There's been a recent discussion in this thread where a similar problem was discussed.

It turned out after much deliberation that the original OS installed on that machine was Vista, and the user removed that and installed XP.

That problem was solved, not satisfactorily, when the user found out that new machines nowadays, set up for Vista or above, may not work properly with XP. It is no longer supported in many new machines.

I'm glad things have gone well with you with that Beta or RC1 of Windows 7. You may want to check when the 'evaluation period' expires.


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