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Im asking this because the maximum i can go on my 32" (yes it was cheap) is 1024x768 and my laptop is running at 1680x1050. The funny thing is when i first got my laptop it was limited to 1280x800 or something like that. then i reformatted and i guess installed the wrong drive (I dont know the EXACT model of my id card and dell expects me to guess) but since then ive been able to get the 1680x1050 option. Is it just in the drivers or is there a physical limiter as well? . . and if so what happened with my lappy?
 
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post #2 of 9
It's the number of pixels horizontally and vertically which ultimately limits your viewable resolution. You had a bad driver install on your laptop. That's happened to me before.
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post #3 of 9
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straight from the factory?
 
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post #4 of 9
the only limit on an LCD screen is the actual number of pixels horizontally and vertically...

It can only put as many up as it has to work with.
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post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanNEBTD
straight from the factory?
Yeah. A LCD is not like a CRT. CRT's can adjust their beam size and scan rates to shift to all kinds of different resolutions. With LCD's there is ONLY one true resolution. If you try to run at a resolution BELOW the TRUE resolution, your video card will interpolate the pixels to fill in the un-used pixels. That's why you screen tends to look fuzzy if you operate at a lower resolution.

When your laptop went up to it's true resolution, did you notice a sudden sharpening of the image?
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post #6 of 9
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yes. . .

so im guessing there is no way to increase the res of my dektop then :-/ . . . damn i figured as much
 
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post #7 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanNEBTD
yes. . .

so im guessing there is no way to increase the res of my dektop then :-/ . . . damn i figured as much

Nope. Sorry man.
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Hey, I've got an old IBM thinkpad that actually centers the screen if the resolution is smaller than it allows. Can anyone come up with a reason about why new cards/monitors stretch the image without asking?
     
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kramy
Hey, I've got an old IBM thinkpad that actually centers the screen if the resolution is smaller than it allows. Can anyone come up with a reason about why new cards/monitors stretch the image without asking?
Simply because current manufacturers are very stupid.
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