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Settings for using digital monitor

Hi all:
I'm trying to use the digital monitor cabability of my Samsung 931b monitor. I have a Gateway computer with media center, a PNY graphics card that has nvidia 7600 set. It says that I can run two monitors. I just want to run one. I hooked up the monitor using a dvi cable. The monitor is set to 1280x1024. I didn't see much, if any, quality change between the regular vga cable and the dvi cable. Are there some settings that I missed? I didn't realize that when I went to use my sound card that I actually had to turn it on, not just the speakers.
Thanks for all the help!

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Save me the trouble of looking it up.

In reply to: Settings for using digital monitor

What is the native resolution of that monitor? Running at any other resolution than the native res, requires an algorithm to fill in the extra pixels. Doubt that in that case there would be much difference between analog and DVI, [not that there will be a lot of difference anyway].

I didn't see any noticeable on my cheapie Polyview, but then I am color blind and didn't make any detailed study.

Also is the DVI output via and adapter plug on the video card?

Robert Proffitt provided some info on this in a thread in the Hardware forum.

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What's the problem?

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It sounds like things are working, so what exactly is the problem?

While there is a quality difference between VGA and DVI, it's less of a contrast today compared to older generations of LCD monitors. LCD screen makers have gotten pretty good at improving the display quality from VGA inputs in recent years. However, DVI will always have the advantage of never needing the "auto adjust" feature that centers the image on the screen when using VGA. It's also a purely digital signal, so you should be able to get better response rates using DVI. Meaning less "tearing" effect when you do things such as play a game or watch a movie with a lot of fast motion.

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