About screen resolution

January 16, 2010 at 20:01:37
Specs: Vista, AMD 955
Hi folks,

Asus mobo M4A78-E with onboard video
AMD Phenom II 955
RAM onboard 8G
Windows Vista
Samsung 2494HM LCD Display
DVI connection


Just purchased the captioned LCD display without HDMI cable supplied, only VGA and DVI cables (I'll call the shop selling this display tomorrow)

The max resolution can be achieved is;
1400 x 1050

But the display can support 1920 x 1080 resolution.

However I can't find the video driver for update on;
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_...

Please help. Thanks in advance

P.S.
on Fedora 12 (Linux) running on another HD in the same box can support;
1920 x 1080 60Hz


B.R.
satimis


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#1
January 16, 2010 at 21:52:34
Monitors usually don't come with HDMI cables.

In order for you to be able to select the wanted "native" or "optimal" resolution, assuming that's what 1920 x 1080 is
- your video drivers must be installed properly
- your video drivers must have that resolution you want to use available - that might be a problem with your onboard video.
- you may need to install the specfic monitor drivers for your monitor.

RIGHT click on a blank area of your main Desktop screen , choose Personalize - then Display Settings.

If it says Generic PNP monitor on whatever video adapter is built into the mboard, the video drivers are installed okay, but you need to load specific monitor drivers. You often don't have all possible resolutions listed for your video drivers when the monitor is Generic PNP monitor.

The CD that comes with the Samsung monitor has the specific drivers for the monitor on it. Insert it in a drive. Access the CD if it doesn't do that automatically.
If it has a selection to install the drivers, install them.

If it doesn't have a selection to install the drivers, or if you want to do it another way.....

RIGHT click on a blank area of your main Desktop screen , choose Personalize - then Display Settings.
Click on the Advanced Settings button, then the Monitor Tab, then Properties, Driver, Update Driver
Let me pick from a list...
Click on the Have Disk button.
Go the location of the Samsung CD.
Windows is looking for an *.inf file. If it is not found in the root folder, try other folders on the CD.
If there is more than one *.inf file, select the one that looks like it's for your model.
Select Open, OK.
If more than one model is listed, pick the one you have.
Select Next, Close, Close, OK.
The drivers are not actually loaded until you get back to the Display Settings window and click on OK.

Go to Display Settings again - you should have the resolution listed you want to use.

If not, try rebooting, then going there.

If you still can't select the resolution you want to use, the onboard video drivers don't have that resolution available. You need to either
- choose a lesser resoution that has the same aspect ratio - width divided by height -

1920 x 1080 has a 16 to 9 aspect ratio = 1.78 to 1
Choose are resolution that yields you a ratio of about 1.78 to 1 when you divide the width by the height.

or - you need to buy and install a video card that supports that resolution, or use a different monitor.
.....

If you still can't select the resolution you want to use, LCD displays look the best when you use the "native" or "optimal" resolution - other resolutions don't look as good, the most noticable thing being the Windows text isn't as clear.

Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.
http://www.microsoft.com/typography...

However, I know from experience Samsung monitiors still look very good in other resolutions. If you use another resolution and it doesn't look good enough to you, you need to either
- buy and install a video card that supports that resolution,
- or if the monitor is new and was bought locally, return it and get another one, probably a smaller one, that your onboard video drivers DO support the "native" or "optimal" resolution of.


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#2
January 17, 2010 at 03:03:42
Hi Tubesandwires,


Thanks for your advice.

Having spent almost a whole day without a solution.


> The CD that comes with the Samsung monitor has the specific drivers
> for the monitor on it. Insert it in a drive. Access the CD if it
> doesn't do that automatically.
> If it has a selection to install the drivers, install them.

I have installed the "Multi-Sync" driver from Samsung CD. I was not allowed to install the "Multi-Sync_Auto_Rotate" driver warning;
String ID_Magic Magicpivot_Title wa not found in the string table

However on reboot Vista can't find Samsung Monitor.


> RIGHT click on a blank area of your main Desktop screen ,
> choose Personalize - then Display Settings.
> Click on the Advanced Settings button, then the Monitor Tab,
> then Properties,

Properties tab greyout. I can't select it.


> or - you need to buy and install a video card that supports
> that resolution, or use a different monitor.

The onboard video card 100% supports 1920 x 1080 resolution and the Samsung monitor works 100% on this PC.

I have another HD running Fedora 12 64bit (Linux). Samsung monitor was automatically detected on 1st booting after connected. It runs 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60Hz, 32bit colour. Monitor(display) rotation also works without additional software installed. Samsung CD, supplied with the monitor, has completely no use. It is NOT required.

I don't know why Windows Vista is so difficult to config and to run.


B.R.
satimis


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#3
January 17, 2010 at 07:18:08

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#4
January 17, 2010 at 07:39:50
Go to the ATI site linked below and download the latest drivers designed for your 3300 integrated chipset and OS.

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...


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#5
January 17, 2010 at 12:52:18
"I have installed the "Multi-Sync" driver from Samsung CD. I was not allowed to install the "Multi-Sync_Auto_Rotate" driver warning;
String ID_Magic Magicpivot_Title wa not found in the string table

However on reboot Vista can't find Samsung Monitor."

The Samsung CD may be the same for more than one model. There may be drivers listed that don't apply to your model.

You may need to run the other procedure and select the monitor drivers that were installed.

"Properties tab greyout. I can't select it."

Even when you RIGHT click it? If you can select it when you RIGHT click it, you may need to force administrator mode.

Does your user you were using have administrator privilidges?

On my computer with Vista, I have tweaked it to force the user into administrator mode. You get fewer popups about needing to give permission for you own user, and you have access to more things, and no popups and full access if you use the Administartor user.

Further info.

"In Vista, even though you are using an administrator account, you still run with Standard account privileges. When a program or a action by you tries to run with administrators rights, you must first give it permission before it is allowed. This is the User Account Control (UAC). The hidden real Built-in Administrator Account does not use UAC and is like the one in XP with full rights on your computer."

My notes.
In the default Standard account mode, you ALSO often have to RIGHT click on a program or selection and choose Run as Administrator, otherwise you get a "Access Denied" or similar message when you try to run the program or selection.
When you Enable the built in Administrator account, the vast majority of the time if not all the time, in your own user account, you will NOT have to RIGHT click on a program or selection and choose Run as Administrator, but you will still get the User Account Control window pop up to ask for your permission when you do many things.

When you have Enabled the built in Administrator account
- when you are booting into Vista you will see an icon for your own user account, and one for Administator. You can choose either one.
- once either user account has loaded to the desktop screen, you can switch to the other user - at the same place where you can select Shut Down, Restart etc. - the > at the far right beside the Search box after clicking on the Vista Start icon.

- if you choose the Administrator user, Vista behaves pretty much the same as XP does when an XP user has full Adminstrator rights, which is the default situation in XP. You DO NOT have to RIGHT click on any program or selection and choose Run as Administrator, AND you DO NOT get the User Account Control window popping up to ask for your permission when you do anything.

- once they have seen the difference between their own user account and the Administator account, after the built on Administator account was enabled, some people have only used the Adiminstator account from then on, and some have done that and have deleted their own user account.
....

See this article.

How to Enable or Disable the Real Built-in Administrator Account in Vista
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/6...
....

My notes.
The article mentions Elevated Command Prompt mode.
How to enable that.
Before you have enabled the Real Built-in Administrator, you must click on Start - All Programs - Accessories, RIGHT click on Command Prompt, choose Run as Administrator.
.......



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#6
January 17, 2010 at 18:45:57
Hi folks,

Lot of thanks for your advice.

Now I have following software installed;
1)
All chipset drivers on Asus CD coming with the mobo

2)
Sumsung LCD display driver, MagicRotate and MultScreen software on Samsung CD coming with the display.

3)
After installation completed update all drivers on Internet searched by Vista program.

Remark:
I have full authority as administrator which was setup on installing Vista. Each time on installing/updating a new software it asks for permission

Now the display is working properly running at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60Hz and 32 bit color depth.

However still I can't make MagicRotation to work. Its icon is at the bottom toolbar. Right-clicking it and selecting "Rotate 90 deg" doesn't work. Neither the hotkey "Ctrl+Shift+9" works.

Advice would be appreciated. TIA

There is no fun at all. It took me more than 2 hours to install all AMD-chipset drivers and another half hour installed Samsung driver and respective software, excluding the time in running update. This is a powerful PC running AMD Phenom II X4 955 with 8G RAM onboard eventhough Windows can only recognise 4G RAM. The PC is connected to 3M broadband.

B.R.
satimis


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#7
January 17, 2010 at 20:27:21
Why would it take 2 1/2 hours to install the chip set drivers or for that matter, all the motherboard drivers?

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#8
January 17, 2010 at 21:02:22
I don't know WHY.

Windows Vista has been running in this box for more than 3 weeks connected with a 19" Philips LCD display at right resolution (1280x1024), 60Hz and 24 bit color depth. Sound,movies, remote access, file sharing, etc worked without problem. I only run Windows for testing in case of hardware issue with the vendor.

During installing amd-chipset drivers and LCD drivers, the PC seemed hanging with very slow development on the progressive bar. Neither the HD was working, no LED light on. However the PC was NOT freezing. Pressing [Num Lock] key switched the LED on and off. I applied this practice on building my Linux OS (LinuxFromScratch) to determine whether the PC is freezing. I have no idea what was wrong.


B.R.
satimis


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