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Okay, so according to my generic Dell monitor (not sure how many inches), it says that 1440x900 @ 60Hz is the optimal setting. However, when I set it to that in the Nvidia control panel (drivers 285.xxxx latest stable), the screen gets retarded and all squished. When I set it to 75Hz, it sort of fits, but it's a little blurry. However, when I set it to 1440x900 @ 60Hz on the "Interlaced" setting instead of "Progressive," I get crystal clear pictures. But when I press OK, it says "test failed, this resolution is not supported by your display." How can I fix this? Oh, and I'm using a DVI to VGA adapter, if that could be the problem.
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I'm not sure where you are seeing a setting for interlaced vs. progressive.

using a DVI>VGA adapter, you have an analog signal, so it's important to make sure that you have configured the monitor itself (in its menu) for the same resolution 1440x900, or sometimes "native" works. Does your monitor not have a digital input?
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I'm not sure where you are seeing a setting for interlaced vs. progressive.
using a DVI>VGA adapter, you have an analog signal, so it's important to make sure that you have configured the monitor itself (in its menu) for the same resolution 1440x900, or sometimes "native" works. Does your monitor not have a digital input?

I'm seeing it in the Nvidia control panel -> screen resolution -> create custom resolution.

The weird thing is, in the Nvidia control panel, it says that the native resolution is 1024x768 when my monitor is telling me that it's 1440x900. Could that pose a problem? When I try 1024x768 the screen is too zoomed in and blurry.

And yeah, my monitor doesn't have a digital input. It's old as hell :[
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I'm not sure where you are seeing a setting for interlaced vs. progressive.
using a DVI>VGA adapter, you have an analog signal, so it's important to make sure that you have configured the monitor itself (in its menu) for the same resolution 1440x900, or sometimes "native" works. Does your monitor not have a digital input?

I'm seeing it in the Nvidia control panel -> screen resolution -> create custom resolution.

The weird thing is, in the Nvidia control panel, it says that the native resolution is 1024x768 when my monitor is telling me that it's 1440x900. Could that pose a problem? When I try 1024x768 the screen is too zoomed in and blurry.

And yeah, my monitor doesn't have a digital input. It's old as hell :[

Yea, the resolution of the signal sent from graphics card should match that of the monitor. if it doesn't, the monitor has to scale the signal to its native to display it, or produce borders around the picture it displays.

Is the monitor a wide screen? If windows is saying 1024x768, it's seeing, and sending a 4:3 aspect ratio that a 1440x900 (16:10 aspect ratio) screen really has to stretch to fit. I can see where you are getting distortion.

have you tried just setting the screens resolution in windows display options, rather than Nvidia control panel? Windows shouldn't balk at setting whatever resolution you want. if you don't see 1440x900, unclick the box to "hide resolutions the monitor can not display".

The other possible solution is... Is there a "driver" available for your monitor? Although usually listed as a driver, it's not really a driver, but rather DDCi information that windows uses to determine display capabilities. With this inf file loaded on your computer, possibly even NVidia won't balk at the resolution you're trying to set.

EDIT: Fixed.. my spelling/typing is atrocious.
Edited by xandypx - 1/25/12 at 11:53am
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Yea, the resolution of the signal sent from graphics card should match that of the monitor. if it doesn't, the monitor has to scale the signal to its native to display it, or produce borders around the picture it displays.
Is the monitor a wide screen? If windows is saying 1024x768, it's seeing, and sending a 4:3 aspect ratio that a 1440x900 (16:10 aspect ratio) screen really has to stretch to fit. I can see where you are getting distortion.
have you tried just setting the screens resolution in windows display options, rather than Nvidia control panel? Windows shouldn't balk at setting whatever resolution you want. if you don't see 1440x900, unclick the box to "hide resolutions the monitor can not display".
The other possible solution is... Is there a "driver" available for your monitor? Although usually listed as a driver, it's not really a driver, but rather DDCi information that windows uses to determine display capabilities. With this inf file loaded on your computer, possibly even NVidia won't balk at the resolution you're trying to set.
EDIT: Fixed.. my spelling/typing is atrocious.

Hm...I think the problem is the adapter. Device Manager shows the monitor as a "generic non-pnp monitor," and when I downloaded the updated drivers, I couldn't seem to update the drivers, as it said that Windows found the best drivers already or something like that...and my monitor is a SE198WFP dell monitor. I tried it from the Windows display options, but that didn't work either. I guess there's really no fix unless I get a monitor where I don't have to use the adapter.

EDIT: Actually, scratch that. I found a DVI port on the monitor, and I just ordered a DVI cable. Since it won't be using the adapter, let's hope it works.
Edited by EmoPopsicle - 1/25/12 at 11:27pm
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Originally Posted by xandypx View Post

Yea, the resolution of the signal sent from graphics card should match that of the monitor. if it doesn't, the monitor has to scale the signal to its native to display it, or produce borders around the picture it displays.
Is the monitor a wide screen? If windows is saying 1024x768, it's seeing, and sending a 4:3 aspect ratio that a 1440x900 (16:10 aspect ratio) screen really has to stretch to fit. I can see where you are getting distortion.
have you tried just setting the screens resolution in windows display options, rather than Nvidia control panel? Windows shouldn't balk at setting whatever resolution you want. if you don't see 1440x900, unclick the box to "hide resolutions the monitor can not display".
The other possible solution is... Is there a "driver" available for your monitor? Although usually listed as a driver, it's not really a driver, but rather DDCi information that windows uses to determine display capabilities. With this inf file loaded on your computer, possibly even NVidia won't balk at the resolution you're trying to set.
EDIT: Fixed.. my spelling/typing is atrocious.

Hm...I think the problem is the adapter. Device Manager shows the monitor as a "generic non-pnp monitor," and when I downloaded the updated drivers, I couldn't seem to update the drivers, as it said that Windows found the best drivers already or something like that...and my monitor is a SE198WFP dell monitor. I tried it from the Windows display options, but that didn't work either. I guess there's really no fix unless I get a monitor where I don't have to use the adapter.

EDIT: Actually, scratch that. I found a DVI port on the monitor, and I just ordered a DVI cable. Since it won't be using the adapter, let's hope it works.

bet the digital connection fixes your problem... and provides for a much better looking display.

Also, with the monitor "driver". When you select "update driver" in device manager, don't let windows "search" for the driver. Instead, select the "browse my computer for driver software" button. On the next page that pops up, select "Let me pick from a list". Provided you have executed the installer, and installed the "driver" from the DELL website for your monitor, making this selection should present you with two options in the "list". One will be a generic PnP monitor (which it sounds like windows is using now), and the second should list the actual DELL monitor by name (or model #). Selecting the DELL monitor, should load its DDCi profile to windows, so that windows no longer needs to "guess" at its capabilities.
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