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Samsung Syncmaster 940 MW Widescreen 16:10 Display Problem

when i bought the display at best buy, the guy just gave me the monitor and cords, no software or nothing. When i hooked it up to my HP Media Center TV PC the display options were only 800by600 and 1024by768. I went to the samsung web site to get the driver for it. when i installed it, i still didn't get any widescren resolution options. Before i had this monitor, i had an emachine 19" widescreen. And it worked perfectly. so i know that my graphics card can handle 1440by900, i just don't understand why it doesn't work now. Help would be greatly appreciated.

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In reply to: Samsung Syncmaster 940 MW Widescreen 16:10 Display Problem

In Display Properties > Settings tab, is that Samsung monitor listed in the section called "Display"? If not, click the pull down arrow and see if it is in the list. If so, select it.

If it is already listed, click the Advanced button and explore the options there.


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under display it says- "Syncmaster 940mw, Syncmaster Magics CX910MW (Digital) on Intel(R)82945G Express Chipset Family". There is no pull down arrow. I looked in the advanced place and there was nothing i could do to change it.

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still need some help. anybody?

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(NT) Try installing the latest chipset drivers.

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Which cable are you using?

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DVI or VGA? My sister has VGA and gets those choices while on DVI I get the widescreen choices for our widescreen monitors. Thus, just as a suggestion if you aren't already doing it, use the DVI cable.

Also, what graphics card does your system have? Maybe it doesn't recognize the monitor as a widescreen one. Just an idea.


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i'm using a VGA cable.

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i didn't think it mattered which cable u used, because when i had my emachines widescreen i used a VGA and i got 1440by900 display. my graphics card is in the link above, intel 945g family

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Which OS are you using...

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and which version, e.g. XP Home, XP Media Center, XP Pro, Vista Home Premium, etc.? Maybe I need some more information here...


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Windows Media Center Edition, also my computer is an HP TV PC

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*bump* really need some help here

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Advance Properties

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check in the Advance setting, look for the tab marked "Intel Graphics Media.......", click the 'Graphic Properties and see if you can change the display setting.

Good Luck

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i can change the settings, but not to widescreen.
i should be able to get 1440by900.

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Hope this will help you

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Wow its been a long time

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I gave up on this problem a while ago, but now this is really starting to bug me. Im sick of viewing 1024x768 on a widescreen monitor. I went to the intel web stie and downloaded the driver that supports 1440x900, i installed it and nothing changed. i still dont have 1440x900 as an option. Intel says that the display EDID is not read properly. I did what they told me to do and still nothing. I know its been a long time, but could someone please help?!?

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i know its thanksgiving, but still. I need some help people. I know this can be fixed! i just dont know how to do it!

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Try these steps, in order

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what do i download?

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also, i have already installed the monitor driver.
i don't think it does anything. Nothing changes when i install it.

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Driver direction and a RAM question

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Oops, sorry. I didn't check to see if there were actually a driver for the 945G chipset listed on the HP site. The system maker's website is the first place I look for the best driver for a system.

Now you get to try the 945G driver directly from Download link

It looks something like the following:

2. Intel

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still nothing

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i installed it. And when i restarted my computer, i was in 800x600. Even Worse. Now i only have the choices of 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x600, and 1280x720. And when i use 1280x600, and 1280x720, i get this weird scrolling effect. im stuck. And i thought i should give you my Diagnostic Report just to clarify exactly what i have. More info never hurts!

Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver Report

Report Date: 11/23/2007
Report Time: 13:25:46
Driver Version:
Operating System: Windows XP* Professional, Service Pack 2 (5.1.2600)
Default Language: English
DirectX* Version: 9.0
Physical Memory: 2038 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 8 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 224 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 9 MB
Processor: x86
Processor Speed: 2800 MHZ
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 2772
Device Revision: 02

* Accelerator Information *

Accelerator in Use: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
Video BIOS: 1217
Current Graphics Mode: 1024 by 768 True Color (60 Hz)

* Devices Connected to the Graphics Accelerator *

Active Monitors: 1

* Monitor *

Monitor Name: SyncMaster 940MW,SyncMaster Magic CX910MW(Analog)
Display Type: Analog
Gamma Value: 1.97
DDC2 Protocol: Supported
Maximum Image Size: Horizontal: 11.0 inches
Vertical: 9.0 inches
Monitor Supported Modes:
640 by 480 (60 Hz)
640 by 480 (67 Hz)
640 by 480 (75 Hz)
640 by 480 (75 Hz)
720 by 400 (70 Hz)
800 by 600 (56 Hz)
800 by 600 (60 Hz)
800 by 600 (75 Hz)
800 by 600 (75 Hz)
832 by 624 (75 Hz)
1024 by 768 (60 Hz)
1024 by 768 (70 Hz)
1024 by 768 (75 Hz)
1024 by 768 (75 Hz)
Display Power Management Support:
Standby Mode: Supported
Suspend Mode: Supported
Active Off Mode: Supported
00 ff ff ff ff ff ff 00 4c 2d 56 60 00 00 00 00
0f 08 01 01 0f 1e 17 61 e8 b5 a5 9e 57 4c 98 25
1a 4b 53 b7 6e 00 31 4f 45 4f 61 4f 01 01 01 01
01 01 01 01 01 01 4e 0c 80 c8 20 e0 14 10 10 40
13 00 30 e4 10 00 00 18 56 13 20 00 31 58 19 20
10 50 13 00 30 e4 10 00 00 1e c3 1e 00 20 41 00
20 30 10 60 13 00 30 e4 10 00 00 1e 00 00 00 fd
00 32 4b 1e 3d 08 00 0a 20 20 20 20 20 20 00 cb

* Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.

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More shots in the dark

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Test to see what resolutions are available after you apply different refresh rates.

At 60Hz?
At 75Hz?

What resolutions are available after you apply 16-bit "Color Quality?"

You probably don't want to try this yet, but installing a dedicated, Windows MCE-compatible video card in your PCI Express X16 slot will most likely solve this problem.

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Still nothing

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i tried the different refresh rates and nothing changed.
Same happened with the color quality.
And yeah, i was kinda hoping i wouldn't have to install a new video card.
I just don't see how i could get 1440x900 with a different monitor on the same computer. It doesn't make sense to me.

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Recap and a Possibility

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HP Pavilion Media Center TV m7570n Desktop PC
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Intel 945G chipset
2GB system RAM
Samsung Syncmaster 940MW monitor (19" widescreen)

Monitor won't display at its native resolution (1440x900).
Display Properties control panel doesn't show 1440x900 as an option.


Just checking:
Is your OS fully updated via Windows Update? I would run Windows Update to see what is said about the driver you just installed. If a different driver for the chipset is recommended, then let Windows Update install it.


In the link I provided for downloading the Intel 945G chipset driver, there were three options. The description for the third option states that "This file is intended for use by Developers." Open its "Read Me" file, and scroll down to "6. INSTALLATION SWITCHES AVAILABLE."

The command looks like this:
SETUP [-b] [-overwrite][-nolic] [-res x_pixels x y_pixels x bits x vert_refresh] [-l{lang_value}] [-s] [-f2 {path\LogFile}] [?nowinsat]

It gives instructions on how to to pass screen resolution parameters to the installation program, meaning you can tell the driver to include a certain resolution.

NOTE: I have done this many times with Linux drivers but not with XP drivers, so bear in mind that it may not work as I have stated. Others more knowledgeable than I may want to chime in and correct me on this.


If that command is too intimidating, you may want go the tech support route. You already contacted Intel. See if Samsung or HP has an answer (look for email or online chat links in their technical support pages).

...or just get that inexpensive video card. Wink

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