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#1 superqaz

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 08:06 AM

hi

 

have just added an old widescreen acer monitor to my xp machine. images look slightly to wide when viewed , cant find a setting to fix this

 

any ideals  would be appreciated

 

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 12:30 PM

Have you checked at Acer support to see if there's an .inf "driver" for the monitor?

 

What model is it?


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 01:14 PM

its an: al1916w


havent downloaded driver



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Posted 13 July 2015 - 06:17 PM

'Start - Settings - Control panel - Display' if I remember my XP correctly should get you to the screen settings page. When you get there, there should be a button 'Automatically detect monitor'. See if clicking on this makes a difference. Failing that look at your screen resolution settings.

 

It may be that your screen setting is set to 4:3 aspect ratio while the new screen is 16:9. This would explain why things look 'wider'. Depending on the age of your XP computer you may not have wide screen settings, in which case you are stuck but that would surprise me, wide screen has been around for quite a long time. It may take a bit of experimenting to find settings which work.

 

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 08:29 PM

I'm thinking like Chris, the computer is probably still set to a 4:3 resolution, which makes the screen image look stretched.

 

Your monitor's native resolution is 1440 x 900, which is a resolution that can sometimes create a problem, being technically non-VGA compliant. If this resolution is available in the Display Settings, choosing it should sort it out. If it is not shown on the Screen resolution slider on the Settings tab, press the Advanced button and on the Adapter tab, press List All Modes. If 1440 x 900 is there, choose and OK it to be added to the available resolutions.

 

If this resolution doesn't exist on the list, you can try updating the system's video drivers, and installing the Acer driver for your monitor from here:

 

http://www.acer.com.au/ac/en/AU/content/drivers

 

I can't easily link directly to the download, as it's dynamic content.

 

Occasionally, an older computer's video chip can't display 1440 x 900, in which case you have to make do with the closest available similar resolution.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 05:19 AM

looked as u both suggest. max resolution is 1280 by 1024 and aspect ration cant be seen or set. there's no auto detect monitor

 

im off to look for a driver will let u know what happens

thanks

 

update

 

ive got the correct driver now but when i click on the file it says theres nothing associated with it


Edited by superqaz, 14 July 2015 - 05:29 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:10 AM

The aspect ratio is set by the resolution - e.g 1024 x 768 is 4:3, you need 1440 x 900 which is 16:10

 

What file did you download, the AL1916W.zip from Acer?


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:21 AM

yes thats the file i have



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:38 AM

So there is no 1440 x 900 resolution available in the Display properties?

 

And if you double click the .zip file it says there is nothing associated? If you right click the file does the options dialog include Extract All... ?


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:49 AM

correct about the res.

 

even better a right click offers "install profile" although i expected that to be a driver [its already  unzipped ]. anyway, image are still a bit stretched

 

the "setup info" also installed, supposably


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:03 AM

Using what resolution?


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:11 AM

1280 by 1040

 

does this look like a driver to u


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:47 AM

1280 x 1040 is a 4:3 aspect ratio. 1280 x 800 is the next closest if it is available on the list, but it's better to have the correct resolution, the image quality will be better.

 

The zip contains 3 files, al1916w.cat, AL1916W.ICM and AL1916W.inf

 

The last one is the "driver"

 

If it was the .ICM that offered Install Profile, then that's just the colour profile for registering colours accurately.

 

In the Display Properties on the Monitor tab you can chose Update Driver and navigate to the .inf file. (Display Properties/Settings/Advanced/Monitor/Properties/Driver/Update Driver...)

 

Or try double-clicking the .inf file in the Explorer.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 03:37 PM

thanks 4 that useful info. i installed it although the dialogue/wizard was confusing at last stage. it certainly installed something

 

images still stretched.....

 

sorry didnt look hard enough the files i have are not as u suggest, they are:

 

security catalogue, set up information, icc,

 

update. ok i did see the file extensions but only before i unzipped them, so, i did in fact install the driver after all:)

 

still stretched


Edited by superqaz, 14 July 2015 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 10:48 PM

Can you find either 1440 x 900 or 1280 x 800 available on the list?


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