Text is fuzzy

May 21, 2008 at 23:26:58
Specs: xp sp2, 3GH, 1MB
Recently I bought an LCD screen, (Samsung Syncmaster 226bw). The results were not what I expected.

I installed the latest driver off the web, but it has made no noticeable difference.

Mostly the text is fuzzy, where I expected nice crips letters. Well, some are almost good, but some lines are fuzzier than others. Is this a limitation of the hardware?

Also Control Panel/Display/settings will only go up as far as 1280x1024 pixels whereas a couple of times I have got the message that the screen likes 1380x? pixels. Is this another hardware limitation? Do I have to have this resolution to get crisp graphics?

Is the answer a video card (I am currently using the graphics chip on the motherboard)? Does it have to have 1380 pixels to look good? I rather like the amount of display I have.


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May 21, 2008 at 23:48:49
lcd screens have a 'native' resolution that matches the pixel layout of the construction of the screen. If you do not use the reccomended native resolution setting then the image will not be as sharp. That's just the way it is - a limitation of this type of screen.
If you do not have the option of the resolution needed - have you tried updating the graphics/video drivers?

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May 22, 2008 at 04:37:21
Your LCD display has a native resolution of 1680x1050. I have a sister display (225bw) that runs at the same native resolution. The picture is very crisp.

Post your Mother Board or Computer model for further help.

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May 22, 2008 at 09:19:52
A friend has two Samsung 19" LCD displays and they both still look quite good in most resolutions even when not in their "native" or "optimal" resolution.

If you can't set your video to the "native" or "optimal" resolution....
- choose a resolution that has the same ratio of width to height, or close to it, for the best display proportions
- turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.

Or if that's not good enough.... if you can install a video card, buy a newer one that DOES support the "native" or "optimal" resolution.

"I installed the latest driver off the web...."

It's probably on the CD that came with the monitor, and the one on the web may be no newer. If everything other than the fonts/type are clear, there's nothing wrong with the drivers.

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May 22, 2008 at 11:22:23
If your LCD has a native resolution of 1680x1050, try 1280x800. It should look pretty good.

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May 22, 2008 at 12:00:48
You could try this: Go to My computer>Properties>Advanced>Performance. Then UNcheck "use smooth edges" (if it's checked.)

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May 22, 2008 at 13:59:53
"I installed the latest driver off the web, but it has made no noticeable difference"

The latest monitor driver or the latest video driver? The video driver is what needs updating, then you *should* be able to use the native resolution.

You can also try enabling ClearType:


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May 23, 2008 at 11:51:00
disable ClearType
all the symptoms text being blurry and not sharp sound like clear type. clear type blurs the text to make it "look better". found it just makes it frustrating to view. you'll find the option in control panel, display,appearance and then effects.

all text needs typos. There there for the reader to find,to distract them from the total lack of content.
google it! wasnt the answer to the question i asked so dont be dense and give me that repl

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May 23, 2008 at 16:54:33
Thanks everyone. I have tried your ideas, tweaked different things, and ended up with the fuzzy lines a little less fuzzy, and the clearer ones a tad less clear; roughly speaking, everything evenly blurred.

aegis: I don't have 1280x800 available, but 1280x768 was awful.
Tubesandwires & lardmanhamer: turning on ClearType only makes it worse in non-native mode
Hoss78: I turned off 'smooth edges' - a slight improvement
jam: ah yes! wrong driver. Right driver helped.

Now I have two choices. Live with it (it's not too bad) or spend $NZ 70 on a graphics card that can handle the higher resolution (why spend $400 on a screen that can't live up to its capabilities?)

Thanks again


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May 23, 2008 at 17:11:31
Post the make and model of your computer. If custom built post the MBoard model.

There is a reason why you are asked to provide this info at the beginning. I would be surprised to find that your graphics won't support 1680 x 1050. If you have installed a new driver on the advance settings for the graphics and see what is listed for your monitor.

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