Image size

  ronney 11:54 28 Jan 04

After installing a new monitor (ViewSonic 191s), the image on screen is only about 1/3 of its full size. Can someone advise please on how to regain the image to its full size again. The OP is AOL.
Thanks in advance

  johnnyrocker 11:58 28 Jan 04

might the problem be actual settings on the monitor as opposed to pc settings?


  stlucia 12:47 28 Jan 04

Are we talking about the total display taking up only 1/3 of the screen size, with a thick black border (unused screen) around it. Or is the screen filled with the usual Windows background, and one or more of your images is not filling it the way it used to?

  ronney 13:15 28 Jan 04

Thanks Stlucia, tis the second part of your question thats the problem.

  stlucia 13:46 28 Jan 04

So, with a new monitor have you got a different resolution than you used to? Higher resolution would result in the images displaying smaller.

Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display/Settings will allow you to change the resolution if you want.

  ronney 13:52 28 Jan 04

The old monitor was set at 800x600, and the new one has been set at 1280x1024. Does that mean the image size will allways be smaller at the higher setting.

  Stuartli 14:00 28 Jan 04

No, you will have to use the monitor's menu controls to alter brightness, contrast, colour balance to your taste and to stretch the display in horizontal and vertical positions so it will fit the screen.

Best to wait for about half-an-hour and let the tube reach the correct temperature first.

You may also have to move the actual display to the left or right or up or down and then use the "stretch" controls to make it fit.

The higher the resolution you use i.e. 1280x1024 instead of, for instance, 1024x768 the smaller the detail. For instance your icons will be smaller and you may have to alter the size setting to Large to compensate if you have difficulty reading them.

You should have a manual which will explain all the above in detail, whilst your graphics card manual will/should detail the range of resolutions it can achieve; advice is to set refresh rate at 85MHz as this will eliminate the possibility of suffering from flicker and possible eye strain.

  PA28 14:04 28 Jan 04

or you could simply zoom the size of the image for a temporary enlargement, or resize it in an image editing program for a permanently enlarged display. Don't forget that the default resolution in years gone by was the old CGA standard of 640pixels across by x480pixels high, 15" monitors were generally at either 800x600 or 1024x768, and 17" monitors are normally at either 1024x768 or 1280x1024. An image that is sized at 640x480 will occupy the entire screen at CGA resolution, but less than a quarter of the screen at 1280x1024. This gives you more workspace, but the smaller size of the pixels on the larger screen will make an unresized image appear smaller. As stlucia says, play with the resolution on your screen (you can also get to the selection by right clicking an empty part of the desktop and selecting the properties>settings tab) and see what you like. If you have a TFT monitor then stick to the native setting for your screen size (this will be in the manual but is usually 1024x768 for 15" and 1280x1024 for 17" and some 19" models). If you have a conventional CRT display then don't exceed the maximum resolution that the monitor is capable of displaying.

  PA28 14:06 28 Jan 04

Stuartli's post came in whilst I was typing out my missive! Relate my comments to those hints given earlier!

  stlucia 14:22 28 Jan 04

Ronney, graphics such as your icons will always come out smaller (relative to the screen size) at 1280 x 1024 than they did at 800 x 600 resolution because each icon is made of a certain number of pixels and, with a higher resolution, each pixel is smaller on the screen.

Pages and screens from programs, on the other hand, can always be resized to fill the display by clicking on the maximise icon at the top right corner.

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