How can I get 1440x900 sccreen resolution please?

October 10, 2014 at 09:10:48
Specs: Windows XP
I am sending you all this so that you will know you are not alone in your frustration with setting up 1440x900 screen resolution and to welcome any ideas which you may have to help solve the riddle.

I have two dinosaur PC's, AMD Duron 950MHz/896Mb RAM and AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8 GHz/2.0Gb RAM. To retain my data and keep the environment, I am used to, I have cloned my XP Pro system onto the newer m/c.

I even bought a second hand monitor, similar to the one I have been using for the past two years or so.

I was given my HP w19 monitor, which just worked, no bother, I had to select 1440x900 in Display Properties, of course. You would think that a cloned system would also provide 1440x900 but did it heckerslike!

The newer m/c has indigenous graphics hardware, which may have caused the system to discard or overwrite my original graphics driver, I thought, so I embarked on a whole trail of obtaining Graphics cards, and the appropriate drivers, which I thought would be sure to provide the option. Still no luck, even after trying both monitors and their official drivers.

Having failed to be offered 1440x900 with either of two other graphics boards and their drivers, I bought a third card identical to the one in my old m/c which is a 128MB AGP ATi 1024-9197-00-SA Radeon 9000 VGA Graphics Video Card with S-Video. You guessed it; still no luck. I even regressed to a 2004 version of the Graphics card driver without avail.

In desperation, I quarantined all .dll files and .sys files which begin with ati and imported the ones from my old PC. That is how it would have been after I had cloned it, of course but I have been messing with them ever since. Need I say, It still didn't give me 1440x900, like the old one. Thinking that it must be down to some difference in the graphics card, I swapped them as well. You may remember I got a second card, identical according to the spec, with the old one. Yes you guessed it; it still doesn't work. The list under List All Modes seemed the same (extensive, I didn't check every option) but in the old m/c both cards produced two extra options for 1440x900 which were not present in the new m/c. If there is an application extension in the old m/c, it would have been moved to the new m/c, when I first copied the drive.

The other difference is the monitor driver; the old m/c uses the P&P Monitor option and says, under Driver Details "No driver is required or has been installed for this device". Presumably a plug and play device supplies its own parameters. Do you know whether these are refreshed at each boot-up? I am only thinking that the P&P option in the new m/c may still be retaining the data from a monitor, of earlier use. I cannot force Windows to refresh this data because both my screens are of the same type and changing them would not invoke the Found New Hardware flag. I have serious doubts that the new m/c is detecting the monitor. I have, of course installed the correct drivers for both of my (similar) monitors in the new m/c, manually but these only have the effect of filtering out modes, from the List All Modes list, to permit selection of those suitable for the monitor, out of the original set.


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October 10, 2014 at 09:56:50
Try installing the monitor drivers from the HP link below. This should allow you to select the monitor by model after the installation. If that doesn't help then try the instructions below.

First of all you may need to cleanse the system of all driver software.

I suggest you remove the Radeon 9000 temporarily and boot using the integrated graphics. Download the correct removal tool using the first link below and also download the catalyst drivers from the second link.

When in Win XP change the graphics type from whatever you have installed to SVGA. Then run the removal tool.

Shutdown and install the 9000.

Boot directly to the BIOS (setup) screens and set the graphics to boot to the add in card (language may be confusing) or to disable the integrated graphics. Save when exiting.

When WinXP first starts tap the Esc key when Windows tries to install a driver. When Windows is finished booting install the Catalyst driver package. If you still have issues then run the removal tool again and install the graphics driver ONLY from the catalyst package.

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October 13, 2014 at 06:46:32
Dear OtheHill
Much of this I had tried before but the tip about emptying the Windows\Temp folder was useful; I wondered why the driver files, I had deleted, came back again. The ATI Uninstall utility took the most driver files off but I was left with the ones, which had been imported from my old PC. I deleted all files, beginning with ati.... from the System 32 and System32\drivers folders using Windows 7, which is installed on another drive, then checked that they had all gone, after booting into Windows XP. I checked again, after refitting the ATI card, that no driver had been found for it. In Device manager the card was of an unrecognized type and no details were available. I noticed that the original driver titles still appeared but greyed out and with yellow Exclamation balloons.
ATI had provided an exe file, which I ran, because I did not have access to the new driver files, at this point. I opted to install the driver only. You're right; it still doesn't work.
One of the contributors to Microsoft's Forum, I think, thought it might be necessary to update the PCs BIOS but that is dated 8/08/2005; we would have had LCD screens by then surely.
Anyway, thank you very much for your help. This is literally gobbling up weeks of my time. I will just have to settle for 1280x768 and put up with a blurry screen.
Brian Heason.

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October 13, 2014 at 09:28:05
Dear OtheHill and 1440x900 seekers
YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE THIS! (as per Victor Meldrew). About a month ago, when I discovered that my cloned system would not give me 1440x900, I searched around and came to the conclusion that a GeForce graphics card would be my best bet and ordered this:-
GeForce 6200 DDR2 256 Mb AGP graphic card DVI VGA s-video. It didn't work, of course, hence my exhaustive experimentation, since then. It did give me more options than any of the others, I have since tried, though.
Today I gave up trying with the ATI/Radeon card but decided to try the GeForce card again. It is narrower for one thing and doesn't infringe on the PCI slot, next to it. As before a plethora of scanning options but not 1440x900, though 1600x900 was listed. Then I remembered the DVI cable, which came with my HP monitor. I haven't used that option before but it was easy enough to try, now I had DVI connector on the GeForce card. IT WORKED; the List of all modes was different and included several options for 1440x900. These boards are too darned clever!
Good night all.

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October 13, 2014 at 10:02:49
Glad to hear you have things finally running as you wanted. Thanks for getting back to us.

FYI, you should have been able to get the original card working without updating the BIOS. This assumes the card worked at all. Just not the desired resolution.

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