1680x1050 not a valid mode for chip set/graphics controller

By inspirony
Jul 10, 2008
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  1. I just bought a beautiful LG Flatron W2242T 22" monitor that wants to run at 1680X 1050 (60 hz refresh). My admittedly old (3 years) Dell Inspiron 710m Laptop won't let this come up as a valid choice, and all settings that are available look distorted on the new screen. The chip set in the laptop is Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME. Its drivers are current and the software that came with the monitor didn't seem to be able to overcome the problem. I tried to manually put in the configuration using Powerstrip and couldn't get that to work either.

    Does anyone have suggestions? I wish the people at the store had mentioned this as a potential problem with an older computer.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,681   +153

    Your laptop's graphics chip is not strong enough to run this resolution. Pick a resolution that looks the best and learn to live with it
  3. inspirony

    inspirony Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Just found out online that there is actually a solution for Samsung Monitor. Had tried out with the guide, but doesn't work with my LG Flatron W2242T.

    w0rst-hardware.blogspot.com/2008/02/make-1680x1050-and-1440x900-resolution.html
    Anyone out there have idea what is the modeline for LG Flatron W2242T? Really hope someone can guide me thru...
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,623

    have u installed the drivers for the monitor on the laptop? a lot of the time that will fix this, but Tmagic650 is right.
  5. inspirony

    inspirony Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Driver is updated to the latest patch. Anyway, how do I check the modeline for LG Flatron W2242T monitor?
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    well it looks like you have a nice monitor to use on a desktop if you buy one
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