Setting Monitor to correct resolution

  dms05 21:26 13 Dec 07
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I've just bought a 22" Acer X221W LCD monitor with a maximum resolution of 1680*1050. The monitor is delivered with a CD but that only contains pdf files for manual and quick start guides.

I plugged the Acer monitor into my Acer widesreen laptop with the supplied VGA cable. I started both and used the Windows settings to make my external monitor the primary monitor. However the Plug and Play produced a desktop that was much bigger than the 22" display.

I then used the SIS Graphics Utility to maually set 1680*1050 but the desktop continues to be much too big despite been the correct ratio. After much trying I discover 1600*1200 was the only format that fitted the Desktop to the screen. However this gave a squashed appearance (my round analogue clock was definitely pear shaped).

Anyone ay idea how to get the 16:9 laptop to display a 16:9 image on a monitor that will dispaly at 1680*1050. And yes the SIS graphics do support 1680*1050 just as the monitor does.

I've searched the Acer site for any drivers but the monitor is not even listed.

  rossgolf 21:41 13 Dec 07

if you right clik>properties(on desktop)>settings then move teh slider for the screen resolution up and down until you find a good size

  dms05 21:45 13 Dec 07

The problem is getting the correct aspect ratio.

  De Marcus™ 21:53 13 Dec 07

Does the laptop support widescreen output? Seems a strange question I know giving that your laptop is widescreen but worth checking.

  De Marcus™ 21:55 13 Dec 07

Also, if the laptop does support 1680*1050, does it support that resolution on the vga output equally?

  De Marcus™ 21:56 13 Dec 07

doh!, forget last question!

  dms05 21:58 13 Dec 07

Yes it does.Perfect 1280*800. I can set the laptop graphic adaptor to output at 1680*1050 (same aspect ratio) but the w/s Acer monitor produces a massive desktop. I've never had this problem before, I just PnP. But not this time!

  De Marcus™ 22:00 13 Dec 07

model laptop?

  dms05 22:01 13 Dec 07

De Marcus™ - I was actually beginning to think it may only be 1680*1050 on the Digital rather than analogue output.

  dms05 22:02 13 Dec 07

Acer 5003WLMi with 1.5GB RAM.

  MAJ 22:04 13 Dec 07

What happens if you set the monitor to 1680*1050 (where the desktop is too large for the screen), then use the OSD to bring it down, not the res, just the physical size, to fit the screen. If you know what I mean.

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