Can't use monitor buttons

September 28, 2009 at 22:44:41
Specs: Windows XP
How do I use monitor buttons on an old Sceptre monitor? It's not a flat screen.

I have a 17-inch monitor but don't know how to use the monitor buttons to get a full screen. I had a full screen but it has shrunk to 15 inches with one-inch black margins or bordelines on both sides.

I use Windows XP. The resolution is set at 600 x 800. That's what I prefer, nothing higher.

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September 29, 2009 at 03:07:45
U need to adjust height and widht using the buttons found in monitor.Your current using 600x800 or 800x600? Best res for your monitor is 1280x1024.Play with buttons u will not harm anything.

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September 29, 2009 at 05:28:45
Thank you very much for your response.

That's what I was afraid of. I thought I might do something wrong and won't be able to undo the changes.

I'm going to give it a try.

I have tried the higher resolution you suggested, which is the highest on my computer, but the screen size has shrunk considerably. Is there any way I can get around that?

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September 29, 2009 at 10:08:06
Thats why u need to resize your screen by using monitor buttons (increase width and height until fit perfectly)4 crt monitor set refresh to 70hz.

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September 29, 2009 at 10:46:18
Regarding setting the monitor itself and setting the right resolution in Windows....
See Response 5 in this:

The buttons and what they do on CRT monitors vary.
If you bought it new it probably came with a printed manual, and/or there may be a manual on a CD that came with it.

If you don't have that, if you tell us which Sceptre model you have, we may be able to find you directions. That's usually on a label on the back of the monitor.

Generically, there's a button you press to pop up the OSD (On Screen Display) menu, a button or two you use to toggle which setting you're adjusting, and a button or two buttons for adjusting the setting greater or lesser.

Any monitor will last longer if you set the brightness to the minimum level where you can see everything you need to see.
If you play games, sometimes the default brightness in the game is too dark or too bright - the brightness can almost always be set in the game settings - in that case you don't need to set the brightness for everything on the monitor itself so that the game display is the way you want it.

"....set refresh to 70hz. "

That's the vertical refresh rate. It has nothing to do with the size of the image on the screen. The higher that can be set, the better moving video looks. How high you can set that depends on what the particular monitor model is capable of. Some of the later CRT monitors are capable of a much higher setting than for any LCD monitor.
If you tell us your specific model, we can probably tell you what the maximum setting for your model is.
You set that in Control Panel - Display Properties - Advanced - Monitor.
The montor must be Plug And Play Monitor or the specific Spectre drivers for your monitor model in order for you to be able to select higher refresh rates. If it's set tp Plug And Play Monitor, don't select the highest setting unlessyou have confirmed your monitor model can handle that, because if you do get a display when you set it to that, the monitor can be DAMAGED if it's set higher than the monitor was designed to handle.

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September 29, 2009 at 16:11:53
Thank you very much, to you all, for all the assistance. I really appreciate that.

I don't have a manual for the minitor. I bought a used one.

And this is the informaiton I got from the back of the monitor:

Manufactured May 24, 2001.

Rating: 100-240VAC 50/608Z, 2A

And the computer I'm using is Dell Dimension 4300.

MS Windows XP Home SP3
Intel Pentium 4CPU, 1.60GHz
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 Microsoft Corp.

I may have provided some unnecessary details but I didn't want to take any chances skipping it just in case it's going to help in some way(s).


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September 29, 2009 at 17:07:14
I didn't have any luck finding a manual. You might just have to start pushing the buttons on the monitor, and try to figure out which button does what.

As mentioned by Tubesandwires, one of the buttons should bring up the on-screen display. Then you would have to play with the buttons to decode how to change the horizontal and vertical size of the display. There will also be other adjustments like centering, brightness, contrast, etc. It will not be easy, but with a lot of trial and error, you might be able to figure it out.

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September 29, 2009 at 20:46:19
P74V support info


Resolutions & max. refresh rates
640 x 480 @ 120 Hz
800 x 600 @ 100 Hz
1,024 x 768 @ 85 Hz
1,152 x 864 @ 75 Hz
1,280 x 1,024 @ 65 Hz

So - you can set the vertical refesh rate to 100 Hz at 800 X 600

Drivers - the first one here:

If you load those drivers, Windows will only show you the video settings that are safe to use with the monitor.

Download the manual on this page - the OSD may be the same or similar :

To save it to your hard drive, once it has fully loaded, click once on the floppy icon at left in the top bar.

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September 30, 2009 at 01:13:42
Thank you very much for the links and for the rest of the information. I'm sure it's going to be very helpful.

I'll do the best I can and will be back with more questions if the matter isn't resolved.

I really don't know anything or know just very little about the technical aspect of all this and have to learn what I need to know as I go along.

Once again, thank you very much to you all. I'm also very glad I found this web site.

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