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January 15, 2008 11:31:17 AM

Hey guys great to be here, 1st time poster. I just installed my new Westinghouse LCM-22w3 monitor and my Visiontek HD3850 card via a dual link dvi-d cable. Now I must say what a difference from my x600 it's like qoing from a 19" tv to a 46" lcdhd tv :D  , but that goes without saying :lol:  My max resolution is 1680x1050 which looks great but if i change it to anything else on my desktop it looks crappy and all bunched up. Now I realize because it is a widescreen this is really my only option but when I play games many of my older games ie: BFME,BFMEII,Quake4,DOOM3 etc they don't show resolutions that big. I can't even click on some of the buttons like exit because I can't find it on the screen when i load the game. If I change my desktop resolution to say 1280x1024 not only does my desktop look like crap but the in game menus are still so huge I can't adjust them. Soooooo, my question is , is there anyway I can force the games to a larger resolution without actually loading the game, because once I load the game I can't see the buttons.

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January 15, 2008 12:42:02 PM

You have to set the game to the native resolution of the monitor to make it look the best. If that's impacting performance too much... try setting it to another resolution with the same aspect ratio of your monitor. (I believe it is 16:10 - so any of the following should work: 2560x1600; 1920x1200; 1680x1050; 1440x900; 1280x800; 1024x640; 800x500) If you set it to a 4:3 ratio (1280x1024) it's going to look stretched and crappy... so just stick to one of the resolutions listed above.
January 15, 2008 1:03:48 PM

Maybe I confused you with the way I worded my question. My native resolution for my monitor is 1680x1050, if i set it to anything else my desktop and internet pages looks completely out of sort. So i keep it at 1680x1050, which isn't a problem but all the games I listed don't have this size as a option to they are all so huge on the screen I can't even see all the buttons, the largest resolution i have seen in the games is 1600x1200, but when i change them to that resolution they are still way to screwed up to play. Everything is bunched up on the screen and skewed, even when I change my desktop res to 1600x1200.What I was asking was is there anyway to adjust these game files to make then have a resolution of 1680x1050?
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January 15, 2008 1:14:30 PM

Wait! I think I actually misread what you were trying to say. So if i set my monitors res to 1280x800 or 1024x640 its the same ratio as 1680x1050 and everything won't look skewed [just larger text]and then i can set the games to those resolutions as well? I think i got it now, am i correct?
January 15, 2008 1:17:58 PM

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Wait! I think I actually misread what you were trying to say. So if i set my monitors res to 1280x800 or 1024x640 its the same ratio as 1680x1050 and everything won't look skewed [just larger text]and then i can set the games to those resolutions as well? I think i got it now, am i correct?
Correct. :p  It's not going to look as good as the 1680x1050, but staying in the same aspect wont give you the blurry, stretched effect that you're probably seeing with a 4:3 ratio.
January 15, 2008 1:21:45 PM

Thank you very much! :hello:  It was driving me crazy trying resolutions that would work but i think i kept tryi 4:3 aspect ratio resolutions, now it all makes sense :heink:  . Thanks again.
January 15, 2008 1:42:55 PM

Np. I see this a lot at stores like Best Buy... lol. They have all these sweet 24" monitors that are native 1900x1200 and they're all running in 1280x1024. As you know, this makes it looks crappy and blurry... but it cracks me up to see the sales people saying, "Look how sharp the picture is on this. You just can't get any better." :lol: 
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