a weird screen issue

February 27, 2009 at 15:00:47
Specs: Windows XP, pentium 4 1600
hello all,

i have a problem with my new screen that's been bugging me for a while and although ive spent hours on it i am simply clueless as to its cause.

i bought myself a new LCD screen (Philips 220cw) which is a 22" screen with an aspect ratio of 16:10.
obviously i installed it's drivers and set the resolution to the recommended resolution of 1680*1050. this is really the only option because everything else looks awful. i was very happy with the display at that stage.

the problem began after the first reboot. the computer switched to a different resolution and displayed only part of the desktop - the taskbar was hidden somewhere under the bottom end of the screen...
the weird thing is that in the display properties window the resolution was still set on 1680*1050! so i switch it to something else, click apply and switch it back to 1680*1050 and everything looked great again.

but doing this tedious routine after each startup is of course out of the question so i started looking for solutions. ive updated my display drivers, made sure everything is up to date with my XP SP3, and went through everything in the display driver's control panel and windows' relevant properties but to no avail.

another strange thing that may have something to do with it is that i can see two monitors in the display properties window which are marked 1 and 2 and are both named the same - philips 220cw but the second one doesnt have the check mark next to "extend my desktop..." so i doubt if thats the problem.

my specs are:
Win xp sp3 fully updated
intel D850MV board
pentium 4 1600
512 RAM
RADEON 7000 display adapter with CATALYST 1.2.2314.20337 installed (up to date according to ATI's site)

any ideas would be very welcomed!
thanks all.

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February 27, 2009 at 21:27:21
Maybe the vertical screen size settings are not adjusted right on
the monitor, although not sure. Check the monitor's manual for
how to adjust the vertical screen size.

LCDs have a "native resolution," which is the resolution where
the monitor produces the best picture. This is why all other
resolutions look bad.

The reason why Windows shows selection for 2 monitors is
because your video card can support 2 monitors connected

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February 28, 2009 at 04:01:07
ive played with the screen's size and position settings a lot and i don't think thats the problem.
can it be a program i have installed that for some reason compels a certain resolution after startup?

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February 28, 2009 at 14:46:57
"ive played with the screen's size and position settings a lot and i
don't think thats the problem."

When you adjusted the vertical screen size settings, could you get it
to where you could see the taskbar?

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