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Monitor and resolution

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cyberian-W2K, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. Cyberian-W2K

    Cyberian-W2K Banned Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Someone suggested me use 1280 x 960 on a CRT instead of 1280 x 1024. So more questions have come up.

    I have 2 monitors. 1 is a 17" flat screen CRT, the other is a 17" non-flat screen CRT.

    1. Why is it better to have 1280 x 960 for a (non-flat) CRT rather than 1280 x 1024?

    2. What role does the refresh rate play?

    3. Would a lower resolution increase the refresh rate? (Assuming a higher refresh rate is better.)

    4. Is it okay to customize a resolution even though my motherboard did not mention of such supported resolution?

    5. What is the maximum standard resolution a 15.4" laptop can use?

    6. Is a 15.4" laptop's screen the same length as a 17" desktop's?

    Thank you in advance for answering my questions.
     
  2. Arcadion

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    1. because a normal CRT has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is the same as 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x960 and 1600x1200. At 1280x1024 the aspect ratio is 5:4, the effect being that any circles onscreen will look squashed. An LCD screen has square pixels and so one with a 1280x1024 native resolution should display circles as circles, not ovals, at that resolution.

    2. the refresh rate is how many times per second the screen is redrawn. A faster refresh rate means a less flickery display and smoother graphics (mainly in games). LCDs have much lower refresh rates than CRTs which is why they are less suited to games, they don't flicker though.

    3. a lower resolution will let you use a higher refresh rate, but you have to set the refresh rate yourself. e.g. at 1024x768 you can run at up to 85Hz refresh, at 800x600 100Hz, 640x480 120Hz. This depends on the screen.

    4. sure.

    5. this depends on your laptop.

    6. it's similar in size to a 17" CRT.
     
  3. Cyberian-W2K

    Cyberian-W2K Banned Thread Starter

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    5. As I said, maximum standard resolution a 15.4" laptop can set to.

    How do I customize my resolution in Windows (2000)? I don't have the 1280 x 960 option. All I have is 1280 x 768 and 1280 x 1024.
     
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