display resolution settings on desktop

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  1. mixwell

    mixwell weakkutz

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    okay I have one annoying problem that I've encountered since I've built my new computer. I have a Radeon 9800 pro with a Proview monitor. The monitor is decent, but I've been told by a so called "computer specialist" that my monitor can't handle a higher resolution because my video card is too powerful.

    Okay well here is the thing, my old computer which had some crappy video card was able to support 1280 x 1024 with no problem. That was the max resolution I was also able to set on my old computer.

    Now with my new computer with the exact same monitor, I'm only able to support a max resolution of 1280 x 768. It kinda annoys me that it can't be any bigger when my old computer could.

    I don't think it's my monitor that needs any drivers or any of that stuff, because it's a plug and play type. Went to the Proview site where they did have the driver for it, tried running it the way it told me to, but nothing happened.

    Oh another thing, when I do try to set the resolution higher (which I can) it makes it so I have to scroll up, down, right or left to see the whole screen with the mouse. I don't want it that way and it makes it very annoying. It's almost as if my monitor isn't big enough to support that size, which doesn't sound right, because how could my old computer do that?

    Please help... it's just one of those things I want to deal with and get done with. I hate seeing my icons on my desktop bigger and when I surf only, I have to scroll so much more up and down the page because I can't see more of the page at once.

    Plus I have FFXI and if I get a bigger desktop resolution for my computer, I'm sure I can increase my crappy resolution I'm using now when I play =)

    thanks for anyone that can lend me any advice or solve this problem for me =\
     
  2. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Better card = better refresh rate, Lower the Hz, and you can do a higher res more than likely.

    Same place you go to change the res, hit advanced, go to the monitor tab, click "hide modes this monitor cant handle". Lower it 1 by 1 till you can get the res you want, but I'd suggest trying to keep it at 75 or higer...60 Hz looks bad and hurts you eyes :x

    I dunno about the scrolling to see the whole screen, thats some stupid option that is turned on in whatever video software you have (i would assume catalyst drivers since its a 9800pro).
     
  3. mixwell

    mixwell weakkutz

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    hmmm well my Hz was already set at 60. I tried lowering it to 56 but that didn't let me hit the 1280 x 1024 I wanted. Tried raising it to 75 Hz and still the same problem. To be exact, I have a ATI Radeon 9800 PRO. It comes with the ATI video software and I think maybe that is the thing that makes it so when the resolution is set too high, you will have to use your mouse to scroll around so you can see the entire desktop. It honestly is a very dumb option/idea.

    What is the refresh rate for any ways? I can't seem to tell the difference between them when I changed it. =\

    anyone else might have a solution to all this? =\
     
  4. DAN513

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    Does the picture look odd? If it's 1280 x 768, that's a widescreen resolution...
     

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