I have two monitors, the first one is actually a 24" HDTV running at 1920x1080 on HDMI input. The second one, the one I have trouble with, is my older 19" Acer AL1916W running on VGA input. The monitor insists that it's running at 1280x1024 resolution, but my computer insists that it's running at 1440x900. The monitor is designed to run at 1440x900 and worked just fine at that resolution until I got my HDTV and began using the Acer as a 2nd monitor. Now because the computer and monitor can't agree at what resolution to run at, I'm stuck with a squeezed image that leaves a 1.5-inch black bar at the top and bottom of my screen.
I've already tried updating the drivers on my monitor and my graphics card is running the latest GeForce driver (I just upgraded from 301.42 to 306.97 to try to fix the problem, with no success). My graphics card is a Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 (1GB version), made by Palit.
Any ideas on how to fix this? Have a look at the pictures below for a better understanding.
EDIT: In the past, I was able to disconnect the VGA cable, shut down my computer, re-connect the cable, turn my computer back on, and that would fix it. That worked about five times. Then one day it started up with the screen "squeezed" like so, and my usual fix did not work. My monitor has been like this since June 2012.
Edited by Zurenriri, 15 October 2012 - 02:06 PM.