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January 15, 2010 12:54:17 AM

I recently purchased a Dell 2709w HD monitor. I assumed that I would have an awesome picture right out of the box. WRONG. I mean it's okay, but not what I was expecting. I'm NOT a gammer. I'm a programmer, so I'm not into frame rates, but I DO want the best image I can get. I have a 2 year old nVidia 512MB card. It's connected to my Dell moniitor with using the DVI connector. We have a low end Mac at the office. That thing just blows my display away. That's what I was hoping for. Is my video card the problem?

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a c 189 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 10:34:02 AM

I'm not clear about your problem, what happened?
what do u meant by "i do want the best image i can get"??
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January 15, 2010 1:37:52 PM

It's just rather grainy. I get quite a bit of "tiling" (I think that's what it's called) with video. Some weird things seem to happen with the border around windows when I minimize/maximize/move them. The iMac at work looks every bit as good as a nice crt. I guess that's what I'm looking for. I hate grainy images. They seem to give me a headache.

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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 1:55:34 PM

Is the resolution set to 1920 x 1200?
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January 15, 2010 2:02:52 PM

It is.

My display adapter is an nvidia GeForce 8600 GT. System is Intel E6750 2.66 64-bit with 6GB RAM.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 2:09:46 PM

A 8600Gt will run that display perfectly fine.

Is the card newly installed? maybe update the drivers? Do you have a spare DVI cable to try? That seems odd. 1920 x1200 on a large display will have larger pixels, so the edges may seem a little jagged, but that's about it. Very strange. Which DVI port is it plugged in, I believe on the Port 1 has HDCP support. Either way you could try the other port.
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January 15, 2010 2:46:31 PM

Hmm, interesting. I did not realize that there was any difference between the two DVI out ports. I have one plugged into the Dell 2709, and one plugged into a 21" CRT. The 21" CRT sure is a cleaner image. I guess I failed to mention that. I have a dual monitor setup.

I'll see if there are any new drivers available.

Thanks!
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 2:54:18 PM

NO i did not mean on the video card, I meant on the monitor itself. The 2709w has 2 DVI inputs I believe.
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January 15, 2010 3:05:51 PM

Oh, gotcha. I'll research that a bit. I bought it from Dell's "Outlet" site, and it came with no docs. So DVI is just as capable as HDMI as far as video then?
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 4:38:23 PM

HDMI is just the DVI signal with audio as well. That's why there are DVI to HDMI cables with no electronic required, just the pin arrangement.
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