New 20" Widescreen LCD with VGA

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  1. FEELSGOODMEN

    FEELSGOODMEN New Member

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    I just bought a cheapy Dell desktop with a 20" lcd to replace my 6 year old PC. it's hooked up with VGA.
    The monitor looks really bad. It's all fuzzy. Will buying a $40 dollar video card with DVI fix this?? I don't game at all.
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  2. Casey

    Casey New Member

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    Have you tried playing with the monitor settings at all? Is it set to default settings?
     
  3. Doomsday

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  4. FEELSGOODMEN

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    thanks
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    dude, you got a dell
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    He should have answered this.
     
  7. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    honestly there is no reason it should look bad just because its going through a VGA cord

    check to make sure all the video and monitor drivers are installed
     
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    DVI > VGA
     
  9. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Except that VGA mode doesn't automatically control the display refresh timing, and most LCDs compensate for the lower quality over a VGA cable by applying an edge-sharpening algorithm that is really hard on the eyes. Once you use DVI, you'll never go back to VGA.
     
  10. GooeyGus

    GooeyGus I has Laz0rz.

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    Yeah VGA looks nasty
     
  12. negative zero

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    Hopefully you don't have a bad LCD. Think about it, people used VGA cables for years before DVI took over. Did everybody just deal with fuzzy displays? :ugh:

    Try it on a friends/family memebers pc via dvi or vga to make sure something's not screwed up.
     
  13. Doomsday

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    Most of those years, people use CRTs, not LCDs.
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    Yes, everybody dealt with fuzzy displays. Go get the best CRT you can find, and compare the picture to an LCD -- it doesn't matter how well you tune the CRT, it will be fuzzy compared to the LCD, and because of that inherent fuzziness caused by spraying electrons onto a phosphor coating, it's impossible to notice that some of the fuzziness is also caused by the analog signal coming through the VGA cable.
     
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    I guess my old dell 20" that I used for 2-3 years was fuzzy then. :rolleyes:
     
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    yes it was.
     
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    you could try messing with the refresh rates if its fuzzy, sometimes that helps
     
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    it's just the way it is.
    there's digital to analog conversion on a VGA setup
    it's just impossible for that to match a native digital setup
     
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    I don't think I ever said anything about it "matching". I was simply stating that VGA connections to LCD's were used for years by myself and I'm sure millions of other users. I am pretty damn picky and if my screen 'looked really bad' or was 'fuzzy' then I think I would have switched back to a CRT or at least remembered it.
     
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    19 fucking replies and no one bothers to ask what the resolution is set to!?


    Ataboc, what is the resolution set to? It should be set to the native res, which for a 20" LCD is probably going to be 1680x1050
     
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    I've got a 22" dell (about a week old) running off VGA and it's just fine
     
  23. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Actually the 2nd reply did. And I responded to it in the 6th reply.
     
  24. FEELSGOODMEN

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    sorry guys,
    to get back to you, i did change the resolution to 1680x1050 and mess with the monitor settings. it looks waaaaay better. I still ordered http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127296 <--- this last night.

    my old setup used a sony 17" LCD. it only had VGA in. it looked great! this new dell looks good. but i know it's just not up to par with what it could be.

    My bud has a westingtohouse 20" he showed me what it looks like hooked up with VGA and DVI. DVI looks soo much better.
     
  25. deusexaethera

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    Told you it would.

    Thanks for finally answering the screen resolution question.
     

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