Blurry Text

July 6, 2008 at 09:56:20
Specs: XP, 2/2

I have an external monitor hooked up to my laptop as an extended desktop. The monitor is 1920x1200 resolution which is its natural resolution but for some reason the text looks a little blurry. I'm hooked up via VGA to my laptop which has integrated graphics and a resolution of 1280x800. I don't remember it being this blurry with my old external monitor but the resolution as 1680x1050 on that one. Are there ways to correct the blurriness? I also use this monitor as my primary monitor for my desktop and its not blurry at all so I don't think its the physical monitor settings.

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July 6, 2008 at 12:18:36

Have you adjusted the resolution to see if the blurriness goes away?

It would help if you stated either the model of Dell or the video card installed in the system.

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July 6, 2008 at 13:10:49

The monitor's native screen resolution may be 1920x1200 but is the resolution setting in display properties set that way? It sounds like you have it at 1280x800.

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July 6, 2008 at 15:12:52

Was the monitor blurry on the previous computer on which it was used?

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July 6, 2008 at 19:49:15

Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.

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July 9, 2008 at 08:39:29


It sound like your graphics card has had it.
If considering an upgrade you might want to go with the NVIDIA Geforce 8400 it's around $99.99 CAD. or on the other hand you may need to just adjust your screen resoulution. to do that you, Go to properties>>>settings>>>>less--------more try experimenting.

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July 15, 2008 at 17:45:10

The monitor is perfectly clear when hooked up via DVI to my desktop computer. When I use it with my laptop I have to use VGA because I have an integrated card. The resolution is correct its just a little blurry. Its hardly noticeable but it is there. I'll try to play with cleartype I suppose to see if it makes a difference. Could it just be that 1920x1200 is too high of a resolution for an integrated card to support over VGA?

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July 16, 2008 at 08:11:11

LCD monitors are not better than later CRT monitors - they just take up less space and use less power.

The blurriness of text is a characteristic of LCD monitors only. If you hooked up a CRT monitor you would not see it.
That blurriness is the very reason Microsoft saw the need to develop the clear type workaround solution.

If 1900 x 1200 is the "native" or "optimal" resolution, that is the one at which the LCD display on your monitor looks the clearest.
If the monitor is a decent make and model, such as a Samsung model, other resolutions will not look quite as good but many of them still yield a quite good display.
If the monitor is not a decent make and model, other resolutions will likely not yield as good a display.

If the video is integrated into the mboard, it is not a "card".

If you can't choose a resolution of 1920 x 1200 on the laptop, you won't get as clear type as you get on video with which you can choose that resolution. Older video drivers and video chipsets often cannot provide a resolution that supports the higher "native" resolution of recent LCD monitors - your problem is common. There should be little or no noticable difference otherwise between the monitor being hooked up via a DVI or a VGA connection - if you could connect via DVI on the laptop it would probably have text that was just as blurry at the same resolution.
To avoid streching of the display appearance horizontally, choose a resolution that has the same ratio of width to height or as close as you can get it to that of the ntaive resolution - 1.6 to 1.

"The resolution is correct its just a little blurry. Its hardly noticeable but it is there."

It's sounds like you're being overly fussy.

Try Clear Type - that's all you can do, other than trying other resolutions until you find one that looks the clearest.

If you want clearer than that, connect a crt monitor if you have one, or get yourself a better make and model of LCD monitor, or get yourself a laptop that can support your monitor's "native" resolution.

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