Monitor resolution

By djackson84
Jan 16, 2010
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  1. Hi,

    I have a new Acer x183h 18' monitor and for some reason the resolution seems to be off. Pictures are stretched and Videos on the media player are clear, but grainy. Something just looks off. I know it can look better, because I recently reinstalled Windows XP Pro due to a virus, and it looked great before that. Any help?
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    When you right click on your desktop and select "Screen Resolution" does it state 1366 x 768 (your monitor's native resolution) ?
  3. djackson84

    djackson84 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 87

    No. It's not an option.
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    When you reinstalled Windows, did you install all motherboard, sound and graphics drivers?
  5. djackson84

    djackson84 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 87

    I believed so. I installed a ethernet controller driver, as well as an audio driver and a few other things that were suggested to me. I'm not very computer savvy, otherwise I would of probably figured this out by now.
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    It sounds like you may need to download and install a graphics driver. You should have access to changing the screen resolution. A graphics driver will give you this.

    I'll (or someone else here) be able locate and point you in the right direction, but we'll need some info.
    The Manufacturer and model name of your computer -if it's a pre-built one (i.e. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Acer etc.)
    If the computer was built from parts, then the manufacturer and model of your graphics (video card) -if it has one.
    To help, you could download a useful utility called GPU-Z here
    http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1709/TechPowerUp_GPU-Z_v0.3.8.html
    When you run it you will see a screen like this...
    http://en.expreview.com/img/2008/02/26/GPUZ_Exp.jpg
    "Name" is the model of video card and "Subvendor" is the manufacturer
    ---------------------------------------
    If the video is handled by the motherboard-then the motherboards manufacturer and model.
    To help, you could download a small useful utility called CPU-Z here http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/CPU-Z.shtml
    When you run it you will get a screen that looks like this...
    http://dl.img.qj.net/uploads/files_module/screenshots/24381_23498_cpuz.gif
    Click the "Mainboard tab"...
    http://www.tim.id.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/cpuz-mainboard.jpg
    "Manufacturer" and "model" is what we would need.
  7. djackson84

    djackson84 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Just so we're clear I can set screen resolutions, I was just saying that the specific one you mentioned was not an option. Does that change anything? Also, it was a self made computer by a relative in the business, but its motherboard is a Intel d945gcnl, and I'm running Windows xp pro 32 bit. Does that help?
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    2 STEPS
    1. Update your video driver
    This is the frontpage for your board- you have the opportunity to auto-detect driver updates ot you can manually download them- could be the easiest scenario.
    http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d945gcnl/index.htm
    For just the video driver...
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=11041&lang=eng

    2. Your monitor- if you are using drivers older than a year of age will need a driver update to operate at 1366 x 768 See here- http://acerx183hlcdmonitor.blogspot.com/

    Hope this helps you.
  9. djackson84

    djackson84 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Thanks a lot, those links fixed the problem. It also corrected an issue I was having playing DVDs. Thanks a lot. This site is the best.
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