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So I've been fighting with this problem for a few hours, and I don't know if there's anything to be done but maybe you guys can help me.

I recently acquired a Viewsonic monitor (model number: VS11605) from my brother. It's big, and it works great but I'm having a problem with the resolution. The monitor is quick to remind me that its optimum resolution is 1440 x 900. However this resolution is not available under Windows display settings, OR the nVidia control panel. I run Windows XP SP3, and a GeForce 460.

My card allows custom resolutions, so I added 1440 x 900, but it would only let me select 8-bit or 16-bit color depth! Most modern programs won't run on anything less than 32-bit (Truecolor) color depth. Strangest of all, which I select 16-bit color depth, the monitor goes to the appropriate resolution, and it looks fantastic! The colors are perfect, and the display is nice and sharp...but the OS for some reason thinks it's 16-bit color depth and it's not. So nothing runs.

Now after some cheating, I managed to get the Display Properties control panel to get 1440 x 900 at 32-bit colors, but then my picture extends off the screen in a way it's definitely not supposed to, and it doesn't look nearly as nice or sharp. What can I do to get the proper resolution so it fits on the screen?

I have tried:
1. Setting the resolution via Display Properties (resolution is unavailable)
2. Setting the resolution via nVidia control panel (resolution is unavailable)
3. Adding custom resolution (Cannot select more than 16-bit colors, yet everything displays properly)
4. My graphics card drivers and OS are up to date.
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post #2 of 19
Seen this on some Viewsonic monitors. Try reducing your scan rate in Windows for your monitor settings. For example, some monitors misreport the frequency at which they can display certain resolutions - an AOC and certain Viewsonic models have this issue. They may say they support modes at 75Hz or there abouts, reduce this to 60Hz or 59Hz in Windows display settings. Also, you may try resetting the factory defaults on the monitor using its onscreen display menu. If all else fails, chuck it out the window and file and insurance claim. smile.gif
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I've already been running these resolutions with a 60Hz refresh rate. In fact, I can't change the refresh rate to anything higher or lower, even with tinkering. Is there anything else I can do, or did I misread your post?

Edit: Setting to factory defaults didn't help.
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May I ask what sort of connection you use to connect your monitor?
    
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lunatic721;11740659 
May I ask what sort of connection you use to connect your monitor?

It's a VGA connection with a DVI adapter so it fits in the card.
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That is most likely the problem. When I got a new monitor and linked it up with a VGA cable, it wouldn't let me use any wide screens. As soon as I got me a digital cable, all the choices returned to me and everything was peachy. smile.gif

If your monitor has a DVI input, a cable only costs like 2 bucks most places online, and I would highly recommend that.
    
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post #7 of 19
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I don't know if this is important, but the monitor itself with the built in controls reports a resolution of 1280 x 768...Yet both Windows and nVidia report using a 1440 x 900 resolution (as of right now. And since its wonky, my image extends off the screen)
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post #8 of 19
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Oh, didn't see your post Lunatic. I'll see if I have a DVI cable laying around
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post #9 of 19
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Huh; on the back of the monitor the port is labeled D-SUB; I'm actually unfamiliar with that, but the double-ended VGA cable fits so I didn't question it. Does that mean one end of the cable I find has to be VGA? Admittedly, I'm not as savvy with monitors as I would like.
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post #10 of 19
D-Sub is just another term for VGA. Is that the only input on the monitor?
    
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