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LCD monitor won't let me change resolution

by MuleHeadJoe / January 16, 2007 9:24 AM PST

actually, I can change the resolution, but the monitor is not displaying it properly. For example, I try to increase resolution from the default 1280x1024 (it's a Dell 20 inch widescreen lcd) instead of the image on screen getting smaller, the size of the display gets larger ... it expands beyond the physical boundaries of the screen.

That is to say, the functional area of the desktop increases in pixel width and height while all the elements on the screen stay the same size. So when I move my mouse to the edge of the screen, instead of a hard stop, the display scrolls.

This behavior is really bugging me. I don't want the screen to scroll around, I want the objects on the screen to get smaller so I can see more stuff at the same time.

Does anybody have any idea why this is happening and how to resolve it?

The display is attached via dvi-d to my IBM laptop ... I don't have any other connection available.


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LCDs can't exceed their native resolution
by ramarc / January 16, 2007 11:58 PM PST

The native resolution of a Dell 20" E207WFP is 1680x1050 and that's the highest res it will display. Sounds like you've got a desktop panning feature turned on either via your graphics card or some 3rd party add-on.

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Check with the video card GPU maker
by Ray Harinec / January 18, 2007 5:51 AM PST

to find out how to set the resolution required by the wide screen monitors. Usually its not in the standard lineup, however they provide a procedure on how to revise the driver setting.

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