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External display goes blurry when over 1600x900 resolution

I recently got a Acer Aspire V5-552p-X637 laptop with an AMD Radeon HD 8650G GPU and I am trying to set up my Samsung 24inch TA350 monitor as an external display. I have the monitor and laptop hooked up with an HDMI cable. What I am trying to accomplish is to set my external monitor to 1920x1080 resolution, but whenever I do that everything becomes blurry and the colors look awful. When I switch over to 1600x900, the display looks normal again. Also the display isn't centered, its a little bigger and is partially hidden on the edges when its at 1920x1080. I downloaded the AMD catalyst control center and tweaked with settings with no luck as well. I am on Windows 8.1 OS. Does anyone know a solution to this? Thank you.
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  1. When you have it hooked up via HDMI, is the display on your laptop black? Or are you duplicating or extended the display from the laptop? Because if you just hook it up without extending the display, it will likely only perform at your laptops max resolution instead of the monitors/tvs.
  2. Yeah my laptop is black, I have it under second screen only (which is the external monitor). I tried using the extended display and duplicate display, and it does the same thing. The external display is blurry while the laptop display looks fine.
  3. spacexjunk said:
    Yeah my laptop is black, I have it under second screen only (which is the external monitor). I tried using the extended display and duplicate display, and it does the same thing. The external display is blurry while the laptop display looks fine.


    Hmm, what is the max resolution of the laptop? the only reason I can think of is that the GPU only supports a max resolution of 900p.
  4. Max resolution of the laptop is 1336x768. Hmm so you think the GPU can only support a max resolution of 900p? Do you know where to look to confirm that by any chance?
  5. *1366X768
  6. I just checked, and I think I'm wrong. You should be able to support 1080p. I'm kind of at a loss, my friend. Are you sure you have the screen set to 1080p both in windows and on the monitor as well?
  7. Well I tried to set it to 1920x1080 in the display settings under control panel and it went blurry. My monitor usually auto detects what my computer tells it to put the resolution to, I'm not sure how to change the actual monitor to 1080p...
  8. spacexjunk said:
    Well I tried to set it to 1920x1080 in the display settings under control panel and it went blurry. My monitor usually auto detects what my computer tells it to put the resolution to, I'm not sure how to change the actual monitor to 1080p...


    Not all monitors have that feature, so I just wanted to say it to be safe. Have you tried hooking it up to any other 1080p screen, just to see if it works?
  9. No I haven't. Let me try
  10. So I currently have my laptop hooked up to my Vizio LCD TV, I went to control panel and switched it back to 1920x1080 resolution and it works perfectly. I downloaded the driver for my monitor and the date on the driver was from like 02/11 or something like that...
  11. spacexjunk said:
    So I currently have my laptop hooked up to my Vizio LCD TV, I went to control panel and switched it back to 1920x1080 resolution and it works perfectly. I downloaded the driver for my monitor and the date on the driver was from like 02/11 or something like that...


    So at least we narrowed it down to the monitor as the problem.
  12. I attempted to switch ports since I have two HDMI ports on my monitor... and its still doing the same thing zzzz
  13. spacexjunk said:
    I attempted to switch ports since I have two HDMI ports on my monitor... and its still doing the same thing zzzz


    I wonder if it is the monitor drivers.
  14. I attempted to download the drivers for the monitor. I downloaded all available drivers for the GPU as well. I also downloaded the samsung windows 8.1 update http://www.samsung.com/us/windows-8-pcs/update.html (the Drivers and firmware box) When I downloaded the driver for the monitor from the Samsung website, it says that the only driver that was available was for windows 7 and lower... Would that be an issue?
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    spacexjunk said:
    I attempted to download the drivers for the monitor. I downloaded all available drivers for the GPU as well. I also downloaded the samsung windows 8.1 update http://www.samsung.com/us/windows-8-pcs/update.html (the Drivers and firmware box) When I downloaded the driver for the monitor from the Samsung website, it says that the only driver that was available was for windows 7 and lower... Would that be an issue?


    I guess it could be, theoretically. That monitor is kind of old. To be honest, I'm not really sure.
  16. Thanks for your input though man. Does anyone have any ideas of why my monitor is doing this? Bump please help
  17. spacexjunk said:
    Thanks for your input though man. Does anyone have any ideas of why my monitor is doing this? Bump please help


    Try re-posting. Should attract more help.
  18. I am having the same problem with the same laptop, and my monitor is an NEC Multisync PA241w. I am doubting my hdmi to SVGA converter, as it is a pretty cheap one. do you use a converter aswell?
  19. just reset my monitor to factory default settings, and it is much better now.
  20. So I fixed this issue. Kind of a late post but I had to change the integrated monitor settings with the remote. The input was set to HDMI 1, and I had to change the settings to recognize "computer" on the HDMI 1 input. I guess before it was picking up "TV" which apparently was making my monitor screen blurry. I find it pretty dumb and illogical that I actually have to change the HDMI input option to read "COMPUTER" instead of "TV" on a freaking COMPUTER monitor. GJ Samsung engineers for making your monitor more complicated for no damn reason.
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