for #1 have you looked in power options under control panels? The OS may have been set to turn off the monitor after a minute or two.
for #2 what resolution are you trying to set it to when you get said message?
if you are going from 800x600 or 1024x768 to 1280x1024 the icons and text will seem smaller because you have increase your visual area with more pixels on the screen. The icons have stayed the same pixel width so they look smaller, but you can change their size in the display control panel under the appearance tab. then click the advanced button, this will bring up a window with a drop down menu. From there you can select icon and font size, set them to your preference, 40 for icon and 12 for font would be my guess
on further investigation the spec on that monitor say it has a max res of 1024x768 so going higher than that may cause problems
Edited by Gothmog, 09 July 2006 - 04:10 PM.