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23 inch Monitor Makes Everyone Look Fat ... Prints Out Normal

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Marisok, May 8, 2011.

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  1. Marisok

    Marisok Thread Starter

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    I've been working on this two months. I have a relatively new Dell 23 inch monitor and everything is wider than it should be. People look fat who are slim. They appear normal when printed out. I've used all the buttons including auto adjust, etc. and, although I am fairly computer literate, I guess I'm lacking where monitors are concerned. Could someone who knows what they're doing walk me through this.

    Thanks.
    Mari
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Placing your e-mail address in a public place like this will have you inundated with spam in short order.

    You haven't given us enough information. We need your system specifications, your OS version, the brand and model number of your video card and model number of your monitor.

    Answers will be given in this forum.
     
  3. Marisok

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    The monitor is a 23 inch Dell LCD. (S2309W) I'm running Windows 7 on a nine year old Gateway with one GB RAM. The monitor has Auto Detect, Auto Adjustment, Brightness/Contrast, Color Settings, etc. I've done all I can do with those and it doesn't make my display normal ... it actually seems to do nothing to the display. There is a Standard VGA Graphics Adapter but I have no clue as to what that means. I'm just reading properties in my control panel.

    It says "This device is working properly." It's not "working properly" because everybody is fat.
    The resource settings show no conflicts.
    The VGA Graphics (NVidia 8 bit, Chip Rev B2 with 64 MB graphics Memory) is "working properly." Not.

    The display is set to 1024 x 768. I think it will go higher but in my display, this is the highest it will take. If someone will tell me what to do and what to look for, I can probably be more articulate about this.

    Everything is really fine with this monitor except horizontally. If I could just manipulate it visually, it would make me happy.

    Thanks.
    Mari
     
  4. K7M

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    Set your resolution to 1280 X 768. That will make everyone look normal.If you vid card won't support that resolution you may try updating the drivers or you may have to replace the video card.
     
  5. Triple6

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    A 7 year old system may have a graphics card that is not fully supported in Windows 7. Do you know which NVIDIA card you have? Or the model/serial number of your Gateway?

    In any case, since you have a 16:9 widescreen you need to choose a 16:9 resolution to use and ideally use the 1920x1080 native resolution of the monitor for the the crispest and best appearance.


    I've also edited out your email address for the reasons mentioned above.
     
  6. Marisok

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    Hi, Thanks for your response. My monitor advertised the rate you suggested but when I go to my Display settings it only shows two. 1024 X 768 and 800 X 600. How can I bypass this and set it at the maximum?
    Mari
     
  7. flavallee

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    You need to install a video card that supports Windows 7 and provides resolution settings for that Dell 23" wide-screen LCD monitor.

    As long as you're using the integrated graphics controller in that 9-year old Gateway, you're going to be stuck with resolution settings(1024 X 768, 800 x 600, etc.) that are designed for the old CRT monitors.

    What's the description of that Gateway?

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    I installed Windows 7 in an 8-year old Gateway desktop a few months ago, but I had to first upgrade to a video card and max out the amount of RAM it supports.

    It has a HP 22" wide-screen LCD monitor.

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  8. Marisok

    Marisok Thread Starter

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    I want to thank all of you who are trying to help this poor soul get a display that at least resembles what prints out. I installed Windows 7 and am running that but am maxedf out at 1 GB Ram for the computer.

    I know a lot about how to USE a computer but I'm a novice about its insides like video cards, etc. Is this something that I have to go inside it or what? 1024 X 768 is the max I can set my resolution to. My other choice is 800 X 600. There are no options in between these two.

    Honestly, everything is spread out that every photo I take, every web graphic oI look at is FAT. I do a lot of webwork and would very quickly just buy a new computer but I can't find time to even back up things and fear I'll lose something important.

    So how do I install a new video card if that is the answer.

    Thanks,
    Mari
     
  9. Marisok

    Marisok Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I can't use 1920 X 1080. When I go to my resolution settings it doesn't go that high. I only have two choices. I'm as high as it will let me go.
     
  10. Tanis

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    Based on what you have put in post #3, you may not have the correct drivers installed for your video card, I wouldn't expect it to be listed as a 'Standard VGA adaptor' especially as you reference NVidia. So, we need to find out what graphics card is in the machine and get you the correct drivers for it, this should give you more resolution options although I can't guarantee any of them will be 16:9 aspect ratio to fix the issue!

    Also, as flavalee has said, you could be totally stuck as you there may not be any Windows 7 compatible drivers for the card, this could be the reason why you are in the position you are now :(

    What is the exact make and model of the PC? You have said it is a gateway but has it got a model name or number on the case? It could be on the front somewhere, or possibly on a sticker / panel on the rear with serial numbers etc on, that info would be extremely useful :)
     
  11. flavallee

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    Provide the exact description of your Gateway, as requested, so we can determine if it has a PCI or AGP slot for installing a video card.

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    As long as you're using a wide-screen LCD monitor with resolutions(1024 X 768, 800 X 600) that are designed for an old CRT monitor, everything is going to look distorted and "fat".

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    Is there an Other Devices heading in the Device Manager, and is anything listed in it?

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