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Help needed with a new monitor

by Vance14 / March 1, 2008 11:54 AM PST

Sorry for the OT, but if someone can point me to a source for this answer, I would appreciate it.

I just got a new widescreen monitor an older computer. It suggests 1440 by 900, but my display properties settings do not go that high. So, the icons are all stretched a bit. As it is, I am using 1024x768, and the icons are a viewable size, but stretched. The 1280 by 1024 makes everything too small.

Can I do anything with this older computer to get the right ratio for a widescreen?

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Hold on, maybe a never mind . . .
by Vance14 / March 1, 2008 12:00 PM PST

I just saw on another forum that it should come with drivers, and so I checked the box and, somewhat hidden, was a disc. So, hopefully that will do the trick!

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No, still a problem
by Vance14 / March 1, 2008 12:19 PM PST

I have installed the drivers from the disk, but the 1440 x 900 is still not there, and now even the 1280 is gone. I ran the software, but the "preferred" resolution button which is an option is greyed out. So, I am still not able to get the preferred resolution or the right ratio.

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Alright, here is what I did
by Vance14 / March 1, 2008 1:21 PM PST
In reply to: No, still a problem

I tried downloading a new driver for my video card (still from 2004), and it did give me the higher resolutions. But, for some reason, the 1440x900, which was the recommended one, kept causing bad things, showing "no input" and even making it go to sleep.

But, I did find a resolution that would work. The 1224 x 768 actually works fine, no stretching at all. So, I suppose all is well, even if it is not the "optimum" resolution.

Sorry, again, for the OT, but I figured I would give you what ended up working in case it is useful for anyone. Any additional thoughts are welcome, of course.

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by alex_smurf / March 1, 2008 6:13 PM PST

If you still want the 1400x900 resolution try PowerStrip, It can force you'r drivers to give you the 1400x900 option, it's try before you but, but if you try and get it working, just uninstall the software and it will keep the 1400x900 res. Happy

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PowerStrip or MultiRes?
by Natronx / March 2, 2008 12:00 PM PST
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PowerStrip costs $29.95+, so I suggest first trying MultiRes. MultiRes is free for personal use, so you can use it without feeling guilty. Happy MultiRes is made by the same people as PowerStripand it might just do the trick. Good luck.

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No make, model but can you find the ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2008 12:19 PM PST

MONITOR.INF for that one?

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It's an HP1907 . . .
by Vance14 / March 2, 2008 11:14 PM PST

but right now, my wife (who primarily uses this computer, says she wants to keep it here. She said that when the IT at her school (she is a teacher) set her resolution that high, she thought everything was too small. I told her that I could try increasing the DPI setting to "largest", and then she could get the benefit of the higher resolution, but she seems content the way it is.

What are the additional benefits of the higher resolution? Better movie watching? More screen real estate? Could I really get everything big enough with just the DPI adjustment?

Thanks guys for the help!

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So is it the w1907?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2008 12:46 AM PST
In reply to: It's an HP1907 . . .
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Very cool, thanks!
by Vance14 / March 3, 2008 1:01 AM PST
In reply to: So is it the w1907?

I will check that out!

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Higher Rez
by Renegade Knight / March 4, 2008 3:45 AM PST
In reply to: It's an HP1907 . . .

That's about it. More screen real estate. It's easier to run more than one application at a time if you have room. For example TV while Grading Homework.

She's right that the highe rez shrinks all the icons. There are however some options to make them bigger. XP does ok at this. Vista a bit better. Neither is perfect at getting the text to appear a a good size though.

The best reason to use your native monitor resolution though is that the sharpest your text will appear. When you get an LDC and have it set right text starts to snap and you realize how fuzzy the CRT style was. However if you don't use the native you don't get to see that benefit.

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I would assume the video is clearer as well
by Vance14 / March 4, 2008 5:15 AM PST
In reply to: Higher Rez

In addition to that, I would assume that when we play back video (we watch Lost after the fact each week), it will come out sharper as well.

I asked her about all of that and she said that, given the option, she likes it better a bit bigger even if not as sharp. I would likely prefer the better resolution, but it is not my eyes, I suppose!

Thanks for all your help, guys. I know this is OT for this forum, but I trust the folks here more than most other forums.

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