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Solved: I'm wide on the wide screen

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by robbbb, May 4, 2007.

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  1. robbbb

    robbbb Thread Starter

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    Hello
    Just got a wide screen and it worked well on a newer pc but hooked it up to my older one and everything is wider and not proportioned. Tried to adjust monitor but there doesn't seem to be any mention in monitor book. This is OK for most things but pics are stretched wider than they should be and sqaure icons are rectangular.
    Is there a way of adjusting this?
    Thanks
    Rob
     
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    first you need to give these guys some information. like pc specs. what OS. what kind of video card. name of pc. name of monitor.

    have you tried adjusting it in the video card settings?
     
  3. robbbb

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    OK I'll find all I can.
    acer 17" monitor (new), Sony Vaio (7 year old) PC, XP Home Edition version 2002 SP-2,
    AMD Duron 902 MHz, 304 MB RAM,
    Not sure which of this is needed and I don't know where the video card info is or how to adjust it.
    Thanks
     
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    I tried all resolution settings and it just makes things bigger or smaller but they stay wide.
    Pics are like a fun house mirror.
    Thanks
    Rob
     
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    Rob what pics are you talking about? Does everything look that way or just actual pictures that you use as a background etc.? If you are on the web or within a program is it distorted? Please try and be as descriptive as possible. Also state your exact monitor make & model and outline what screen res you have it set to. The more info the better.
     
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    17" is wide screen?

    What is the model number?

    What is the native resolution of the monitor? that info should be provided in the booklet that came with it or on the net if you/we know the model number...
     
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    Your Wide Screen is an aspect ratio of 8:5 (or 1.6 in decimal)
    You probably have your Display driver set to 800x600 or 1024x768 …
    which is an aspect ratio of 4:3 (or 1.33 in decimal)

    This will result in a display 20% wider (fatter) that it should be.

    Your going to have to set your display properties for a display setting that has an aspect ratio of 1.6..
    Where the width (in pixels) is 60% wider than tall ….. W/H = 1.6

    When you have it set right … This perfect Circle/Square will display as such.
     

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    The model No. is AL1916WA 17" wide. I have tried all 3 resolutions that the PC allows. It worked fine on a newer PC.
    Pics are wide, folders and anything on line. Square icons on desktop or in folders or on line are stretched sideways and everything looks wide or squaty.
    Thanks for your help
     
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    Have you loaded the software that came with the monitor.
    It should have installed a driver for the native resolution of your monitor.
    Goggle shows your Monitor as a 19" with a 1440x900 native resolution.
     
  11. robbbb

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    Thanks for the help everyone!
    My screen resolution only has 3 choices: 800 by 600, 1024 by 786 and 1280 by 1024 so I think if thats the only way to fix this then it won't work on this PC.
    I never really understood how resolution works. I thought it was just for size.
     
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    A new video card that supports the resolution you want is what you need.
     
  13. Noyb

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    Also ..
    Your monitor should have come with the software to run it at its native 1.6 resolution (at least)

    Another option ... For normal computing in a 4:3 resolution ...
    You might want to look for a 4:3 ratio Monitor ... Instead of a wide screen.
    Here's one ... http://www.compusa.com/products/pro...8612&Pn=SyncMaster_204B_20_1_inch_LCD_Monitor

    In this monitor .. 1600x1200 is a 4:3 (1.333) aspect ratio
    Then you can run it with any of your resolutions.

    In addition to the listed resolution being the size ... It's also the shape (aspect ratio)
    And one must be careful not to try to run a square hole with a round peg.
     
  14. robbbb

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    Thanks everyone it was the PC to old for the wide screen.
     
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