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Resolution for new widescreen monitor

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#1 blub


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Posted 08 March 2009 - 03:32 AM

My grandmother bought a new LCD widescreen monitor and there's obviously a problem with the resolution. Everything appears distorted or stretched. I'm not sure how to fix this as I really don't understand screen resolutions. Typically, she lost the instructions that came with it.

I'm not sure what the exact model of the monitor is but I think it's one of the following: S2009W, S2209W, or S2409W. It's definitely a Dell, I know that much. I think she also bought it at Best Buy, so it's a model they would carry in their stores (like that really helps, :thumbsup:). The video card is a GeForce 6200. The computer is Windows XP.

I was going to try the 1440x900 setting but it wasn't available. I don't know what that means. I do know there was an option that was checked to "Hide modes this monitor cannot display".
Can anyone help with problem?

And if anyone can point me in the direction of a website that easily explains screen resolutions (perhaps with pictures), I would be very grateful. I hate not understanding things like this.

Edited by blub, 08 March 2009 - 03:33 AM.

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#2 Platypus


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Posted 08 March 2009 - 05:52 AM

Check for sure what the model is, but Dell list only an S2409W, S2009WF or2009WB, no S2209W. Without the S there is a 2009W or 2209WA.

If you download the appropriate driver from:


and install it according to the instructions, Windows will offer the correct resolutions for the monitor.

The native resolution for a 2009W is 1680x1050. For an S2409W it's 1920x1080.

Any standard monitor resolution like 1280x1024 will be stretched sideways on a widescreen monitor.
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