Monitor aspect ratio?

Dell / Precision t3400
January 16, 2009 at 04:43:13
Specs: XP Pro, Core Duo 2.33, 2GB
This is my work computer and it has a Dell E228WFP 22" wide screen monitor. The problem is that my screen is stretched and it makes it hard as I'm in the engineering field and would like what I'm designing on screen to be a true representation.

The video card is a NVidia Quadro NVS 290, resolution is 1280x1024, although I've tried every resolution setting and all the NVidia settings and can't get it to show true aspect or 4:3 as apposed to 16:9?

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January 16, 2009 at 04:56:05
Have you fooled around with the monitor resolutions as opposed to the vid card. Look at your menu on your monitor.

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January 16, 2009 at 04:58:04
If you have a driver for the display install it. Windows generally won't display resolutions the monitor can't support. That assumes Windows knows what monitor is in use.

Also best in your case to update your video drivers. That should automatically solve the problem.

BTW, your monitor may not be 16:9. May be 16:10. The latter is a very common ratio for 22" LCD displays. If that is the case your native resolution would be 1680x1050. That is what most 22" LCD use.

You can get drivers at the link below. You need to know what graphics chip you have. WinXP can usually provide that info but I am recommending a download utility that you will like that will tell you that info and so much more. The second link below is for SIW.exe.

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January 16, 2009 at 05:21:44

I installed the system analyzer software but I'm not sure which is the graphics chip, is it under description; Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller? Next I went to the NVidia driver site and entered all the info the driver it came up with, Quatro Release 181 v181.20, does not support the Quatro NVS 290?

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January 16, 2009 at 05:45:19
Always best to try DELL Support:

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January 16, 2009 at 06:00:48
Open SIW and expand the hardware listing. Then expand he Devices listing. Then Display adapters. The name listed there is your device.

As itguru has mentioned you can also get the drivers from DEll. That is if the Graphics card CAME with the computer. If it was added by your IT dept. then Dell wouldn't have the drivers. Below is a link to the driver.

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January 16, 2009 at 09:58:10
Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller is your Network Interface Controller. Nothing to do with graphics.


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January 16, 2009 at 11:15:51
There are still some 4:3 LCD monitors available, but they aren't that easy to find.

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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