By jonnyrod99
Nov 13, 2007
  1. please can someone help me

    i have an old crt 24" monitor its a sony i don't know the model. on my old PC i had the resolution set at 1280 by 1024 my gfx card was a radeon 9200se, everything was cool.

    I recently bough a new media center pc with a 256MB ATI Radeon X1300PRO gfx card in it when i set the resolution to 1280 by 1024 i can't see my entire desktop gotta scroll the highest I can set it where I can see everything is 1024 by 768 and I really don't like this everything seems really big and my games look rubbish.

    I can't understand how come my old PC with worse specs could do it but this on can't. Is there anything i can do?
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Video settings

    A Crt 24 inch can't be that outdated.
    First right click the desktop,
    Then select Propertys/Settings/advanced,
    Then select Monitor and check "Hide all modes that can't be displayed."
    Then Adapter/List all modes.Find a high Refresh Rate 75 is good.60 so so.
    (These will work but do a restart)
    Time for an LCD DVI-D with that card.:)

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  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    With the resolution set at 1280 by 1024 try using the monitors controls to set the screen size/orientation etc.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Can you remember what refresh rate your old system used compared to your new one?
    It could be an unsupported refresh rate that is making your crt "zoom".

    A monitor driver from sony (if they do one) may help by restricting your graphics cards output to only the rates supported by the monitor.

    I had a very similar problem many years ago with a taxan monitor and a driver from them fixed my problem.
  5. jonnyrod99

    jonnyrod99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    but still no joy 'hide modes' is all greyed out and won't let me select it. No matter what resolution I set it to the windows/fonts/icon's / start menu bar all stay the same size all that happens is I just end up with more left/right and up/down scroll. This can't be right can it? The buttons on the monitor don't help either as all they do is stretch the window. Could the card be faulty?
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    My suggestion about a driver from sony may help then.
  7. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    CRT's have a 4.3 ratio {4wide, 3 high}, LCD's 5.4 {5wide, 4 high}.

    Ideally, it should probably be 1280 x 960, or 1600 x 1200, {4.3 aspect ratio}, not 1280 x 1024 {5.4 ratio}
  8. jonnyrod99

    jonnyrod99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i've installed the correct monitor drivers and now i can select 'hide modes' but when i go into the list every resolution/refresh rate is available. Its still just the same anything above 1024 by 768 and i can't see all my desktop.
  9. jonnyrod99

    jonnyrod99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    can someone please answer me a question when you adjust the resolution should everything on the screen get smaller ie folders, icons text etc. on other pc when you change the resolution things get smaller or bigger but on my new one when i alter the resolution everything stays the same size just the left right up down screen gets larger
  10. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Read my posts

    Did you do the checks i suggested ?
    Your probably useing a setting the monitor won't accept.So set your video
    options first to a useable full screen.You shouldn't need any on screen adjustments.
    Then set sizes after you decide on a useable desktop size.
    Then there are ways to set your fonts.
    Go to Appearance for font color and size.
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