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Windows 7 refuses to display widescreen resolutions with Geforce 9500 GT, but XP works fine.

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April 2, 2013 3:30:58 PM

Hello all,

I have an Asus VW193DR VGA monitor (max resolution 1440 x 900) connected to a 9500 GT graphics card via a DVA to VGA adapter. My computer is a dual boot with Windows 7 Ultimate and XP Professional.

I have installed the latest compatible drivers for each OS on the graphics card. On XP, I am able to get proper resolutions, however, with Windows 7, I am unable to. It thinks my monitor is a 4:3 when it is a 16:10 and I can find no way to change or fix this. I've tried updating drivers via Device Manager, and I cannot find drivers for the monitor on Asus's website.

Does anyone know a way to fix this? I would be very grateful! And yes, to the gamers with the super graphics cards, I know it's an older card but I'm not a hardcore gamer.
a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 3:48:34 PM

Something to try

Right click on your desktop -> Screen Resolution (near bottom of popup menu)
Change Appearance of your display (new window) -> Advanced Settings (above OK/Cancel/Apply buttons) -> Monitor (tab)
Under "Monitor Settings" remove the tick from the "Hide modes that this screen cannot display" and OK

Now try changing your screen resolution.

It should be noted that monitor drivers are normally in the form of a text "inf" file which give data about the screen, if you have this for XP then try it in 7.
April 2, 2013 3:50:17 PM

in the nvidia driver panel, go to Display--> adjust desktop size and position and choose the scaling mode to whatever (also try display and/or monitor scaling)

That should resolve your issue
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April 2, 2013 4:14:34 PM

spawnkiller said:
in the nvidia driver panel, go to Display--> adjust desktop size and position and choose the scaling mode to whatever (also try display and/or monitor scaling)

That should resolve your issue



When I play with those settings, I am able to force a 1440 x 900 resolution but it's very blurry and doesn't look right at all.
a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 4:17:26 PM

Brandon Vaughan said:
spawnkiller said:
in the nvidia driver panel, go to Display--> adjust desktop size and position and choose the scaling mode to whatever (also try display and/or monitor scaling)

That should resolve your issue



When I play with those settings, I am able to force a 1440 x 900 resolution but it's very blurry and doesn't look right at all.


Then force it and auto-adjust your screen to see if it clears up.
April 2, 2013 4:38:23 PM

pauls3743 said:
Brandon Vaughan said:
spawnkiller said:
in the nvidia driver panel, go to Display--> adjust desktop size and position and choose the scaling mode to whatever (also try display and/or monitor scaling)

That should resolve your issue



When I play with those settings, I am able to force a 1440 x 900 resolution but it's very blurry and doesn't look right at all.


Then force it and auto-adjust your screen to see if it clears up.


Auto-adjusting doesn't seem to fix anything unfortunately.
a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 4:52:05 PM

What's your screen refresh rate?
a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 5:10:27 PM

Could you go into the NVidia Control Panel -> Change Resolution and read back the Refresh Rate from there.
April 2, 2013 5:33:05 PM

pauls3743 said:
Could you go into the NVidia Control Panel -> Change Resolution and read back the Refresh Rate from there.



It says 60 Hz.
a b $ Windows 7
April 2, 2013 5:36:01 PM

That's the right refresh rate for most screens and not what I was hoping for.

If it'll let you, try another refresh rate. Beyond that. I'm out of ideas, sorry.
April 2, 2013 7:25:28 PM

pauls3743 said:
That's the right refresh rate for most screens and not what I was hoping for.

If it'll let you, try another refresh rate. Beyond that. I'm out of ideas, sorry.


Here's something strange: in forced 1440x900 , I am able to select the right resolutions in video games and they look perfectly normal. Strange. I'm thinking I might just need a new video card.

April 3, 2013 6:16:41 PM

I ended up just ordering a Geforce 650 with a VGA port. I think what's going on is that Windows 7 is not recognizing the monitor properly through the DVI -> VGA adapter. It's a plug and play monitor, but the device manager is showing it as generic non-Plug and Play, so that's likely the issue.
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