|Try loading the specific drivers for the monitor.|
(These directions are for Vista - they should be the same or very similar for Windows 7.)
RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, choose Properties - Personalize - Display Properties - Advanced Settings - Monitor - Properties - Driver - Update Driver - Browse my computer.... - Let me pick from a list... - Next
- if you have the CD that came with the monitor, it has the specific drivers for the monitor, or if you have a monitor drivers download that has the specific drivers for the model, click on Have disk lower right, Next, and go to where the drivers are - Windows is looking for an *.inf file.
NOTE that if the monitor is LCD or Plasma, you should load the specific drivers if they are available, because you can choose settings in Generic PNP Monitor mode that can DAMAGE the monitor !
If there is a list of models, choose the correct one, etc.
click on Close on the Driver window.
click on OK on the Monitor window.
click on OK on the Display Settings Window
close the Personalize window.
When you have loaded the specific drivers for the monitor model, Windows will by default show you only the resolutions and other display settings the monitor model can use that are supported by both the monitor drivers and the specific video drivers.
Set the resolution to the Optimal or Native resolution your LCD model is supposed to use, if you can.
If you can't choose the Optimal or Native resolution , choose a lesser resolution that has the same ratio of width to height, when you divide the width by the height, and switch on Clear Type.
Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7 - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer:
If the lesser resolution does not look good enough to you, or if you can't choose a lesser resolution that is the same ratio of width to height or close to that, then, if you have a desktop computer, you need to get a better graphics card to install in a mboard slot, if you have a slot available for it, that can display the higher resolution you need.
Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.
If you're a gamer (as in, you play high end games)...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.