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Old 07-29-2007, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this isn't a computer Forum persee but there are a lot of computer users on this Forum and I need help. I am trying to upgrade my monitor from a 17" LCD to a 19" LCD and I am not having much success at it and it is driving me crazy. I have bought and returned two monitors (1 LG and 1 Westinghouse) and it looks as if I will be returning my third monitor today.

The monitors I am buying are good mid-range monitors but each has the same problem and I am not experiencing it with my 17" LCD monitor. I have kept the same settings and have not made any major changes to my computer or its configuration except for the monitor. What is happening is that whatever I may have on the screen at the time does not appear sharp. There is an overall vague "fuzzy" look and this gives me eyestrain and after a period of time headaches and I can't figure out what the problem is and needless to say I have no clue as to how to fix it.

Here is my setup and I am hoping that someone may be able to suggest something that I may have overlooked otherwise I will be returning my third 19" monitor today and I may just give up on getting a larger monitor.

* Gateway GT4010 computer running Windows Media Center Edition.
* NVidia 6100 onboard graphics with 256 Megs of dedicated video RAM.
* Monitor is running in analog mode.
* Resolution = 1280 x 1024 (native resolution).
* Vertical refresh rate = 60 Hertz.
* Brightness = 26 (of a possible 100 Max value).
* Contrast = 44 (of a possible 100 Max value).

Other than a new monitor nothing has changed. The room lighting is the same as is the distance from my eyes to the screen as well as all other factors.

Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to make any suggestions as to what is going wrong here because at this point I haven't got a clue.
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One thing that jumps out immediately is the resolution and frequency. One thing I've found with the LCD monitors is that *their* native resolution is usually a whole lot higher than what most people normally use. The newer ones at work will even "complain" if we don't set the resolution as high as they're optimized for. 1280x1024 might be native for the 17", but is it the same for the 19"? What about the frequency? Is the 19" expecting 60hz? Anything outside what the monitor is optimized for can cause the problems you're seeing.

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One thing that jumps out immediately is the resolution and frequency. One thing I've found with the LCD monitors is that *their* native resolution is usually a whole lot higher than what most people normally use. The newer ones at work will even "complain" if we don't set the resolution as high as they're optimized for. 1280x1024 might be native for the 17", but is it the same for the 19"? What about the frequency? Is the 19" expecting 60hz? Anything outside what the monitor is optimized for can cause the problems you're seeing.

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Mark, thank you for your response and also thank you for confirming what I had a feeling was the case. If my 17" LCD runs at 1280 x 1024 and I try to run a 19" LCD at the resolution the math just does not work. I have a screen that is two inches larger but runs the same resolution?? I think I have my answer but thanks for your input. I have seen high end 19" LCD's running at higher resolutions and I am sure they work well but they also cost a lot more and at the moment I don't have that kind of money to sink into a monitor so I will stick with my trusty 17" LCD for the time being.

I am not a big fan of widescreen monitors and since I do not (and will not if I can help it) run Windows Vista, I see no need at all for a widescreen monitor.

Again, thanks for your help and keep shooting.
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Slightly related to the topic ... I just wanted to show why I like widescreen monitors when it comes to Photoshop.



This arrangement allows me to keep my floating bars off to the sides without them flying over parts of my editing screen and/or over my scroll bars. So with this arrangement I have all the editing space of a standard monitor without having to move stuff around or scroll as much.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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Sounds like your resolution is off. LCDs rarely look good when displaying anything other than their native resolution. When all else fails, find and read the manual - it should have the native resolution in it (probably 1600 x 1200).

Just FYI, you don't need Vista to run a widescreen monitor. Windows 2000 and XP work just fine with widescreen monitors.

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