New monitor and graphics card???

By douglas555
Apr 13, 2007
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  1. Hi all, new here.
    I recently purchased a Chimei 22 inch wide screen monitor. When I hooked it up to my computer the images aren't really all that great, with the small text being blurry. When I try to change my display settings there is no option for 1680 x 1050. Is this because of my graphics card? How do I find out if my graphics card will support this monitor? Did I make a bad purchase?
    Any help appreciated.
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,492   +73

    First off, don't set the Monitor to the MAX.
    Why because if your Video Card can't go that high you won't be able to use 1680x1050. In this case replace video card.

    What video card are you using? This is not onboard video, better not be?

    1. Go into Windows Control Panel and click on Display
    2. Select Appearance Tab
    3. Click on Effects
    4. Check box: Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts
    5. Go from Standard to ClearType (for LCD Monitors)
    6. Go into Settings
    7. Click Advance
    8. Click on Adapter then on List all Modes

    In the List all Modes you'll see how high your video card can go. Don't worry about refresh rates with LCD monitors. Those are for CRT tube.

    Word of caution
    Make sure Color quality is set to Highest (32-bit)
    Don't max out your video card to support the LCD panel.
  3. douglas555

    douglas555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks, I'll check it out when I get home.
  4. douglas555

    douglas555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Okay, on the list of modes there is no choice for 1680 X 1050. Does this mean my computer won't support the monitor? I'm still not really liking the images I'm getting on the monitor.
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