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New build problem with screen resolution

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September 26, 2009 10:08:00 PM

Hi everyone,

My friend has just built himself a new pc today and when he has installed windows and started to use his pc it is massivley noticeable that the resolution is all wrong.

The pc states that the resolution is 1920x1080 but this cannot be right. The monitor is a samsung sync master 2333hd which works great for me.

He has an I5 cpu and Geforce GTX 260 GPU both brand new.

Any one got any ideas hes really gutted about this.......

Thanks

Kev
September 26, 2009 10:13:57 PM

video drivers?

monitor scaling?


where does it state its at 1920 x 1080?
and what Hz is the screen refresh set to ? It should be at 60 Hz
September 26, 2009 10:18:26 PM

Latest video drivers installed.

It states in the properties screen in windows its at 1920x1080 and also when you turn the tv on it comes up in the left hand corner of the screen.
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September 26, 2009 10:38:52 PM

then in the monitors menu and see its set to 16:10 widescreen

and make sure the refresh rate is 60 Hz in properties
September 26, 2009 10:42:40 PM

only does 16:9 widescreen
September 27, 2009 1:33:10 AM

Only does 1920x1080?

Are you using the DVI input?

There are two ways to hook up video to some modern monitors. The normal way is to use a PC input (VGA, DVI and sometimes HDMI). The second way treats it more like an HDTV, usually HDMI.

Depending on your choise of monitor inputs you are either putting out PC data or VIDEO data. For example, if you hook up a Cable box to an HDTV using HDMI it puts out a single video output such as 1080p. If you are putting out HDMI-Video at 1080p you are LOCKED to a constant 1920x1080 resolution. You may even have some overscanning or other scaling issues to deal with. You absolutely do NOT want to use this for a PC (though it's nice to have for a PS3 or other device as the PS3 puts out Video).

My dad can watch high-def BluRay rips (mine of course. cough.) using his laptop hooked up to his HDTV via HDMI. This is a VIDEO signal and it took a little tweaking at first to get the overscan setup (through the NVidia Control Panel). In theory I could have used the PC-VGA input that the TV had but it was limited to 1366x768 and it's a pain to remove the cable. VGA has no HDCP support meaning it can't support BluRay from a PC. (I also had to toggle the Audio to "HDMI" which turned off the laptop speakers and sent all the audio out the HDMI cable as a PCM Stereo signl.) This looked and sounded amazing though.

There is:
HDMI-PC, and
HDMI-Video

You need to ensure that you are using one of the PC inputs. You'll know if you get a choice of multiple screen resolutions, usually 800x600 up to 1920x1080.

You should be using the DVI input.
September 27, 2009 2:03:58 AM

kev3kev3 said:
only does 16:9 widescreen


my mistake .... just so long as it isnt set to 4:5 or 3:4
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