max res...apps too small :\

Micro-star international / Ms-7250
September 13, 2009 at 07:48:35
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3.1 GHz / 3071 MB
I've made the move from a standard 19" monitor to a 22" widescreen monitor. On the 19" monitor I used to like it set to 800*600 res & set games to it's max 1280*1024. I hated the size of it's native res for desktop work.

Anyway, now I've got this (Samsung T220) widescreen it's set again to 800*600 (with ugly black borders & with the pain of having to switch to it's native res of 1680*1050 when playing widescreen supported games (else they become distorted if launching from 800*600 desktop, even tho games are set to max res) & then back again when finished.

I don't think there is an answer to this but here goes...the above is not ideal & I'm missing out on desktop space, I've previously done the following while desktop was set to 1680*1050:

Altererd font sizes wherever possible, increased the dpi from standard, viewed websites (yes even they were too small) to 150% magnification. All seemed to be coming in line....desktop icons/writing etc were all bigger again..sorted I thought, THEN I opened windows applications (even solitair) & I was confronted with tiny detail again which can't be altered by fonts etc. This along with windows messages also being tiny. I doubt there is any way around this but hey you don't ask you never know.

I WAS hoping thered be equivelant sized widescreen lower resolutions (like 800*600 & 1024*768 would fit fine on a 1280*1024 with no borders) But it appears not.

TIA..Andy. (I hate change :( ) (ps..it's the wife that plays solitair..I'm not that sad)

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#1
September 13, 2009 at 08:08:26
With an LCD monitor, the desktop should always be setup to run at the native resolution. Any setting other than the native will look like crap. Make sure you have the latest video drivers installed.

You're on the right track with 1680 x 1050 & then adjusting the fonts & DPI setting. Once the desktop is setup, it shouldn't have to be messed with. Resolutions for most games are adjusted within the game settings, but there's not much you can do with solitaire. What other applications are you having problems with?

Did you install the monitor driver & other software that comes with it?

http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/...


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#2
September 13, 2009 at 08:42:36
Yeah did all that & installed latest drivers. I do build my own pc's so not too unclued about what needs doing etc.....problems are any program where you can't change it's resolution (as you can within games)...anything....ie..pcwizard 2008....the adjustments I made seem only to enlarge text/icons on desktop & within windows...they do nothing for applications.

I agree things look crapper without the native res but native res does nothing but give me headaches trying to squint at it.

No doubt I'm just going to have to get used to it...tnx for replying (yet again) Iam.

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#3
September 13, 2009 at 09:01:16
Do you want to watch 22" screen with 800 x 600 resolution ?????????

What a waste

Set in on 1650 x 1050 and with "ctrl - +" you can make the letters bigger .


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#4
September 13, 2009 at 09:23:31
I already did that but using the magnifier at the bottom corner of ie. Depends what you call a waste....For watching movies & playing games then I change to full res..so not really a waste.....for desktop work..I don't like it so small. Maybe I'm also more susceptible to the refresh rate drop from 75 to 60 alongside that tiny text.

Tnx all the same..Andy,

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#5
September 13, 2009 at 09:32:30
I know exactly what you mean. I had a customer whose eyesight was failing so he did what he thought would be the logical thing and bought a 24" monitor but then realised the problem with native resolutions. Eventually solved the problem by purchasing a 26" flatscreen tv with rgb inputs which had a lower native resolution - worked for him.

Just as an aside, why is it that you can only get widescreen monitors these days? Surely there's a market (me for a start!) for a decent size 4:3 monitor? When writing documents I don't need a wide monitor, in fact I've occasionally resorted to turning the monitor on its side & rotating the image - crazy!

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."


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#6
September 13, 2009 at 10:15:53
Try some of the other resolutions. If you aren't too fussy, you can probably find one that looks pretty decent. You should probably use one with a 16:9 aspect ratio, for example 1088x612, or 1280x720, but try them all.

I went from 800x600 on a 19" CRT to 1152x720 on a 24" LCD and it looks fine.


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#7
September 13, 2009 at 13:02:48
Already tried that Aegis1 & they all leave borders (& I don't have those resolutions unless I customise to that in Nvidias panel..but I don't think my monitor supports them anyway & not risking knackering it)....but thanks anyway.

Think the best thing to do (since I mostly game) is to set to native again/increase the dpi/fonts back again, & just use a lower res the odd time I have to use the "tiny" looking apps. Dunno why I didn't just think of doing that in the first place!

Tnx for all the advice!

I agree with you JohnR....would much prefere the hassle free 4:3 aspect. & as for gaming on widescreen...overrated!! Feel more I've had the top of a large screen lobbed off as opposed to feeling immersed into a wide view.

Cheers again all..Andy.

(Oh & I've just found you can play solitaire online so that will keep the wife happy! )

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#8
September 13, 2009 at 13:11:40
I'm not a huge fan of the widescreens myself but I much prefer the 16:10 over 16:9 monitors. There are still 4:3 monitors available but they are few & far between.

"I went from 800x600 on a 19" CRT"

Yikes! I'm still using a ViewSonic G790 19" CRT on one of my systems but have the resolution set to 1600x1280.


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#9
September 13, 2009 at 13:40:27
"Yikes! I'm still using a ViewSonic G790 19" CRT on one of my systems but have the resolution set to 1600x1280."

Some people are lucky that they don't have 70+ year old eyes. :-) I also prefer the 16x10, that's what my LCD is.
(edit) But I actually would much rather have 4:3.

"I don't think my monitor supports them anyway & not risking knackering it)...."

tasslehoff burrfoot, you won't knacker anything by trying resolutions in the Nvidia panel.

You might want to check your 'monitors' options (check the manual). I think there's probably a good chance that you can get rid of the black borders.


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#10
September 13, 2009 at 14:22:11
"Some people are lucky that they don't have 70+ year old eyes"

Well, I have 50+ year old eyes & have been wearing glasses since the 2nd grade...lol. I played with the font & DPI settings to get it where it looks good & I can see everything with no problems.


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#11
September 13, 2009 at 14:34:50
Actually it's not old age affecting my vision a whole lot, my vision has always been pretty bad. One thing that really helped me online, was recently switching from IE6 to Firefox. Firefox has a great range of font sizes to select from.

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#12
September 17, 2009 at 12:50:35
Tried unlisted resolutions Aegis....still was too small (without borders..& colours merged a bit)..Anyway...seemed I needed to play with the dpi a little more....set it to 150% & now quite happy :)..tnx again.....(btw...what a fantastic monitor the samsung t220 is for the price!!...never knew those colours existed!) ttfn..Andy.

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Samsung T220 20" w/s monitor


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