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« on: December 28, 2007, 02:02:28 AM »

My old monitor crashed about a month ago and I got a new one but stuff just doesn't look right on it. That is why I need your help.

The new monitor is an Acer 19 inch LCD, listed as AL1916W. Yes, it was a cheap brand, but the expense was unexpected so I went with what I could afford at the time (Don't judge me! Smiley ). The new monitor's resolution is supposed to be 1440x900 (which is better than the old one). When I pull up the display properties window, it tells me the resolution is 1152x864. Stuff just doesn't look right on the monitor that way. When I try to change it, it still looks weird, only in a different way. The monitor did not come with a disk to configure the computer or anything. Should it have? Is there any way I can tweak things to make it look better?

I'm not sure what other information might be helpful. It is on Windows XP if that matters.
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007, 02:14:11 AM »

it may be a widescreen vs narrowscreen problem. Is your monitor a square or a rectangle?
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007, 02:20:53 AM »

The new one is a rectangle. It is a widescreen monitor.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007, 03:19:46 AM »

Since the monitor resolution is supposed to be 1440x900, it is recommending a 16:10 ratio.  1152x864 is 4:3, so it will look off.  You should look for 1280×800, it is another 16:10 ratio resolution.  There is a whole bunch of different aspect ratios, so trying different resolutions, depending on the ratio, would make them look off in different ways (stretches, cutt offs, etc).

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007, 01:26:17 PM »

I tried 1280x800. It wasn't available initially, but through a program (PowerStrip) you can make it available. I got the program from one of my google searches on this.

When I try 1280x800, it kind of looks better but the task bar at the bottom disappears and I don't know how to get it back other than undo the resolution and return it back to "normal."

Any ideas?
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2007, 01:44:49 PM »

When you press the windows key, does the menu pop up but from off the screen, or is it not there at all?
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2007, 01:47:57 PM »

Yes, I can push the windows key and get the menu to pop up from off screen.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007, 02:01:23 PM »

Does your video card support 1440×900?  How does it look at that with PowerStrip?
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2007, 02:06:19 PM »

I'm embarrassed to say I don't know. I don't know what video card I have and don't know how to find out. I don't understand what exactly PowerStrip does or is so I don't know how to answer that either. I'm sorry, just admitting my ignorance on this.

Edited to ask, how do I find that out about the video card?
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2007, 02:46:33 PM »

In Vista, right-click anywhere on the screen, then click on "Personalize." The Personalization screen will pop up, and you can select "Display Settings" at the bottom. The name of your video card should be in the middle of the window.

In older versions of Windows, right-click anywhere on the screen, then click on "Properties." You'll be taken directly to the display settings, and the name of your video card should be in the middle of the window. If it's not, click on the "Display" tab.

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2007, 03:23:00 PM »

I think I've got this figured out now. Friul, I used the information you gave me about the 16:10 ratio and plugged it into PowerStrip to get a 1280x768 resolution. Where that came from I don't know, but it looks much better now. Still not perfect, but no longer stretched out on everything.

Ytterbiumanalyst, thanks for the info. I've been there before, but never knew that was the video card information. I can be kinda blond at times.
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