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Need help to adjust wide monitor so everything doesn't look too wide

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by bunnymom, Jan 30, 2012.

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  1. bunnymom

    bunnymom Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2012
    We have a Dell 4400 computer and had a 17 1/2" Samsung monitor that was working great until the past couple of months. (Flashing green light, and it would take a really long time for the screen to go from black to color.) We bought a new monitor, a 22 1/2" Samsung. My problem is that I am a photographer and when going to edit photos, everything is too wide and people are too fat (they don't really look anything like what the monitor is showing). I read somewhere that there is a way to change the video card so I can set the monitor to a wider setting than what the computer is currently allowing me to do (1280 x 1024 is as wide as I can go, and this monitor recommends 1920 x 1080) Can I change the video card information, and if yes, how would I do that please? I have a 20GB hard drive on the computer (the original 40GB hd died two years ago) and just installed a 160GB hd (7200) after the computer stopped recognizing the 60GB hd that was where I kept everything...thank God I had backed it all up within the past two weeks on a portable hd!)
    thanks so much!
  2. wowzer


    Dec 28, 2009
    What program do you use to view/edit with?

    What is the aspect ratio of the camera you use?

    I have a 23" that is the same aspect ratio as your new one 1920x1080 and the "aspect ratio" displayed is determined by the program used.

    You should be able to change the monitor settings thru control panel then display.
  3. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    Display Properties or maybe a video card driver.
    You need to find a display setting that has a 16/9 aspect ratio ....
    Width divided by Height = 1.78
    1600x900 or 1280x720 maybe ??

    If this Perfect Circle/Square doesn't look round and square .. your display settings are wrong.
    The file in the computer is probably OK .. Your just seeing it wrong.
  4. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    What's the service tag number?
  5. antimoth


    Aug 8, 2009
    I had this problem with a 19" monitor connected to my wife's little bitty Acer netbook. All it could support was 1024x768, not even as good as your 1280x1024.

    Sorry, but if your video properties only go to 1280x1024 on the Windows display setup, I believe that's all your current video card will support. You would have to install a new video card in your Dell 4400 to support that nice new monitor.

    Probably less than $50 and easier (from a software perspective) than swapping a hard drive.

    P.S. We upgraded to a pretty powerful HP PC for my wife. Much faster and better graphics of course.
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