Widescreen Monitor Adjustment

Kitbuilt FIC
March 29, 2008 at 17:56:47
Specs: XP Home SP2, P4/768

I have been given a 19" widescreen flat panel monitor which takes up a lot less space than a CRT but it mashes pictures. It there a way to tell the computer to display pictures like jpg's etc correctly? I cannot find anything on the install CD or web from HP (Model 1907).

I use Irfan View.

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March 29, 2008 at 18:07:42

Set your monitor's screen size properly to 1024x840 or 1240*956 or so

RIGHT CLICK on Desktop > PROPERTIES > SETTINGS > slide SCREEN RESOLUTION to 1280x1024 or higher > APPLY.

Beware that your screen may become stuck if very high resolution is selected, especially with high frequency (75Hz and above).

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March 29, 2008 at 18:12:28

You may need to update the Video drivers. The native resolution, which you should use, is 1440 x 900. Try advance display settings to see if that resolution is currently available.

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March 29, 2008 at 18:46:30

At the "preferred" setting of 1440 x 900, I cannot see the writing on the screen well enough to read it. The pictures were still mashed up at that setting. I ran the install CD and let it auto setup as specified.

I currently have it set at 1024, on the CRT I used 800.

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March 29, 2008 at 19:48:31

You have to find a setting with a width to height aspect ratio approximately the same as the preferred setting.
To find the aspect ratio you can divide the larger number by the smaller. For example 1440/900 = 1.6. Calculate the aspect ratio of the other resolutions that you have available and try to find one close to 1.6. Hopefully you will find one that is large enough for you to read and not distorted too much.

(edit) I just reread your last post. Are you sure that 1440x900 is the preferred setting? I don't think the pictures should be mashed up at the preferred setting.

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March 29, 2008 at 20:12:41


According to the above product specification for HP Pavilion w1907 Monitor, 1440x900 is the native resolution. There is no such thing as preferred setting.

See the following link for explanation of what is native resolution and how it work.



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March 29, 2008 at 20:17:17

That's kinda nitpicking Xp. :-) I think we all knew what he meant.

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March 29, 2008 at 20:23:37

LOL but I hope the OP understand that I meant no offense :-)


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March 29, 2008 at 20:28:52

I hope he understands that using the right words can make it a lot easier on the folks trying to decipher posts. We all know that it can be very difficult at times, even when all the right words are used. :-)

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April 1, 2008 at 16:41:52

I have a Samsung 19 inch flat screen with the resolution set to 1024X768 ands it works fine with my .jpg's.

William Lockie
CPU/Ram: 3.0/2GB
Manufacturer/Model: clone"

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April 1, 2008 at 17:17:24


Your 19 inch display may be a standard 4/3 ratio. 1024 x 768 is a 4/3 ratio so in your case it is in proportion.

In your case the native resolution is probably 1280 x 1024. That isn't quite a 4/3 ratio.

For the sharpest picture you should use the NATIVE resolution.

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