My screen is stretched

November 13, 2010 at 20:34:14
Specs: Windows 7
I have just purchased a G235H LCD monitor and now my screen display is stretched. I have just installed windows 7. I have tried everything from changing resolution to playing with the screen settings themselves. I do not have a 1690 x 1050 resolution option to select. the highest is 1280 x 1024. how can I get the 1690 x 1050 option. Do I need to buy a new video card.

Thank you gurus

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November 13, 2010 at 20:44:16
What video card do you have?

Pentium 4s - The processors for the rest of us.

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November 13, 2010 at 21:08:04
Try loading the specific drivers for the monitor.

(These directions are for Vista - they should be the same or very similar for Windows 7.)

RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, choose Properties - Personalize - Display Properties - Advanced Settings - Monitor - Properties - Driver - Update Driver - Browse my computer.... - Let me pick from a list... - Next
- if you have the CD that came with the monitor, it has the specific drivers for the monitor, or if you have a monitor drivers download that has the specific drivers for the model, click on Have disk lower right, Next, and go to where the drivers are - Windows is looking for an *.inf file.
NOTE that if the monitor is LCD or Plasma, you should load the specific drivers if they are available, because you can choose settings in Generic PNP Monitor mode that can DAMAGE the monitor !

If there is a list of models, choose the correct one, etc.
click on Close on the Driver window.
click on OK on the Monitor window.
click on OK on the Display Settings Window
close the Personalize window.

When you have loaded the specific drivers for the monitor model, Windows will by default show you only the resolutions and other display settings the monitor model can use that are supported by both the monitor drivers and the specific video drivers.

Set the resolution to the Optimal or Native resolution your LCD model is supposed to use, if you can.

If you can't choose the Optimal or Native resolution , choose a lesser resolution that has the same ratio of width to height, when you divide the width by the height, and switch on Clear Type.
Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7 - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer:

If the lesser resolution does not look good enough to you, or if you can't choose a lesser resolution that is the same ratio of width to height or close to that, then, if you have a desktop computer, you need to get a better graphics card to install in a mboard slot, if you have a slot available for it, that can display the higher resolution you need.

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer (as in, you play high end games)...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

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November 14, 2010 at 07:35:08
An alternative way of loading the specific monitor drivers is to see if Windows Update lists them in it's Optional updates, and if they are listed, they will be loaded automatically when you choose to install them.
It usually takes a while after you have connected the monitor for that to appear - perhaps as much as a day or two - but in some cases that never appears.

(This is where it is in Vista - I assume this is the same in Windows 7.)
Click on the Windows 7 start button bottom left of the desktop screen - All Programs - Windows Update

If this monitor did not come with a CD, or if it's drivers are never listed by Windows Update....

the drivers download for your model is here (this is set to the Acer USA site):

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November 14, 2010 at 13:26:04
You need to install the latest graphics drivers. The new drivers *should* have the screen resolution you're looking for.

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