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Windows XP and Widescreeen Monitors


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#1 franklit

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:45 PM

I am running XP on an older pc. My monitor died and the only new one I could find was a wide screen. As expected, images are distorted. What are my options?

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 02:02 PM

Hi Fraklit, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

It would help if you would post the make and model of this computer and monitor.

What version of XP do you have, Home or Pro.?

What service pack do you have?

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#3 franklit

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 03:45 PM

Dell XPS Media Center Edition 2005 for the computer. XP Home. Monitor is Samsung Synchmaster P2250. SP3 is loaded. Graphics card is Radeon x600 256kb.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 03:54 PM

I bought the self same monitor, all I did was change the display settings to 1920 X 1080. I hope that may be of help to you.

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 06:51 PM

Phil, thanks for the input. I made the change as you suggested and there is some improvement. However, the monitor still elongates images.

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 07:18 PM

It can't hurt to try a few others, also did you load the software that came with the monitor?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 12:37 AM

Are you sure the resolution has taken at 1920x1080? That is the native resolution of the monitor, so with that resolution set, there should be no distortion of the aspect ratio of an image. If the display settings definitely show 1920x1080 resolution but the image is still stretched, circles aren't round etc, do you have reasonably current drivers installed for the video card?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:35 AM

Platypus was correct. The change had not taken. I made the correction and all is good!

Thanks to all for your inputs.

Frank




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