Can't get back native 2048x1152 resolution

February 26, 2010 at 18:37:57
Specs: Windows XP
I had been running the native 2048x1152 resolution on my Dell SP2309W monitor with no problems on a VGA to VGA cable. I bought a VGA to DVI adapter, attached it to my VGA cable, and then plugged it into the DVI port on the monitor. The monitor didn't register anything, so I decided to forgo the entire DVI connection and I went back to my original VGA to VGA cable.

When I plugged it back in, I no longer got the same resolution options I had before with the monitor, like the 2048x1152 native resolution. Instead, my largest resolution options are now:
- 1920x1080
- 1920x1200
- 1920x1440
- 2048x1536

Currently, I have the monitor set on 1920x1200 resolution since it's the closest to the native resolution and it's also the only one that the Dell monitor registers compatibility with. Again, this all happened the moment I tried plugging the monitor in using a DVI cable (which ultimately didn't work) and then returning back to the VGA cable.

I have tried unplugging the VGA and power cord for the monitor and holding down the power button on the monitor for 30 seconds and restarting my computer. I've also tried resetting the monitor back to factory defaults as well as reinstalling and updating the video driver on my computer.

I just can't seem to get 2048x1152 to show up as a resolution option anymore.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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February 26, 2010 at 19:41:32
Try this: Go to Display Properties > Settings > Advanced > Adapter tab and see if there is a 'List all modes' option.

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February 26, 2010 at 19:59:04
Thank you for your reply.
I did what you suggested and it still displays the same resolutions I listed above and still no 2048x1152 in sight. Could the DVI-to-VGA adapter have screwed up my VGA cable?

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February 26, 2010 at 20:07:10
I should add that about five minutes ago, I tried switching the ends of the VGA cable between my computer and monitor. The end that I had originally tried putting the VGA-to-DVI adapter on, I now plugged into the laptop and the end that was untouched now went into the monitor. For a brief moment, I saw the 2048x1152 resolution. I set it to that resolution and noticed the screen was really shaky and a bit off position. Then, within a couple of seconds, it reverted back to the 1920x1200 I set it at and my resolution options were back to what I had mentioned before.

For reference, here's a picture of the VGA-to-DVI adapter I've been mentioning:

So now I'm wondering... could it be that the VGA-to-DVI adapter screwed up my VGA cable?

I just tried another VGA cable I had lying around and it still didn't display the right resolutions. I'm so confused now. How come I got it to resolution back for a few seconds before?

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February 27, 2010 at 05:41:03
VGA is analog, DVI is digital. You will gain absolutely nothing by using an adapter. You need DVI to DVI for a true digital signal, otherwise you may as well stick with your VGA to VGA cable.

Other than that, try updating your video drivers.

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February 27, 2010 at 05:57:53
I did update my video drivers and I even did a system restore. Still I did not get my old resolutions back. I don't see how trying out the adapter could have messed up all my resolution options when they existed before with no problem.

I will try reinstalling my drivers again.

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February 27, 2010 at 09:54:50
Right click on the desktop, then click Properties. Click the Settings tab, then click the Advanced button. Click the Adapter tab, then click the 'List All Modes...' button. See if the resolution you're looking for is on the list. If it is, select it & click OK.

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February 27, 2010 at 12:25:26
I tried that too. It's not in there. It was all there before I tried out that VGA-to-DVI adapter. Having since gone back to a simple VGA connection, it's no longer there.

My new options are now:
- 1920x1080
- 1920x1200
- 1920x1440
- 2048x1536

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February 28, 2010 at 07:03:10
The resolutions that are available are generally dictated by the graphics drivers. You've never posted which video card you have or which driver version you installed.

Have you installed the monitor driver?

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March 1, 2010 at 20:03:11
Yes, I've reinstalled my video driver and the monitor driver.

What I've been experiencing now is that if i remove the VGA cable from the monitor and reattach it really loosely, about 40 percent of the time I'll get the native resolution. But when I unplug the cable or restart my computer, I'll lose that native resolution.

How come plugging the cable in loosely occasionally changes my resolution options? It was completely reliable behavior. The native resolution stayed whether I unplugged the cable or shut off my computer.

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