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October 20, 2010 8:39:16 AM

Okay -- so I recently purchased a 24 inch View sonic 2m 1080p monitor, turns out the DVI , HDMI ports were both bad, and for some reason the monitor would not go past 1600 by 1200 resolution. ( just said out of range) Bunch of dead pixels, etc.

So I returned it, and got a similar 24 inch Viewsonic monitor ( out of stock, didn't feel like waiting ), except this one was a 5m and it also lacked an HDMI port. Whatever, no big deal.

http://www.viewsonic.com/products/desktop-monitors/lcd/...

So, I get home, rip the packaging open.
hook up the monitor, plug in the VGA cable ( didn't come with a DVI ) turn it on, starts up, looks very nice at 1600 by 1200 .
I pop the disk in , install the drivers ; then switch over to 1920 by 1080 and ....

It works, but the image is extremely fuzzy, it gives me a headache. It also appears like it almost shakes, very bizarre. Additionally, whenever I put a window in the middle of the screen, a ghost image of it appears in the bottom left-hand corner.

WTF

I'm running a i7 930, 4 gigs of RAM, Asus p6t mobo, and an XFX HD 5770

Can this be an issue with the graphics card? Is it possible that the VGA cable I'm using can't handle 1080 awesomeness?
It's quite frustrating that BOTH monitors I received from view sonic refuse to go over 1600 by 1200.
I have the latest Catalyst drivers installed and I'm effectively at lost. Looked all over the internet, couldn't find anything like this.
It seems very unlikely that two monitors back to back would be acting strangely like this. Any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

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October 20, 2010 1:43:03 PM

Do you have access to a DVI cable that you could swap from another system to check out the monitor? If so and if still fuzzy, return the Viewsonic.

BTW, are you using "stock" settings in Catalyst or have you been messing with the monitor settings? I recommend setting Catalyst to default settings in the event you have been trying to make adjustments. That will help forum members providing better assistance.

You are right in that the analog VGA connection will be challenged (in terms of quality) versus the DVI connection, especially at 1920x1080.
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October 20, 2010 1:55:55 PM

This is a connection issue, replace the VGA cable by using a DVI cable. At such a high resolution VGA just can't cope.
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October 20, 2010 9:23:34 PM

deweycd said:
This is a connection issue, replace the VGA cable by using a DVI cable. At such a high resolution VGA just can't cope.



Okay -- so I just bought a DVI cable, plugged into the graphics card and then to the monitor, and it's not getting signal.
The weird part about this is that my graphics card doesn't even have a VGA port, I have a little DVI thing that I plug the VGA cable into so that my Graphics card can support it.

Tried going into the monitor settings and changing "input" from D-SUB to DVI , still nothing.
This is extremely frustrating. I'm starting to wonder if its possible that my Graphics card ports are bad?
Still though, this wouldn't make a lot of sense considering I use the DVI head on my VGA cable.

I'm running Windows 7 ultimate , tried jumping into Screen resolutions and switching where it says " display this device on " to DVI, but the only option available is VGA.

ANY suggestions what so ever?
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October 20, 2010 9:29:15 PM

Are you placing the DVI cable into the same spot you had the VGA-to-DVI adapter into?


EDIT:
Also, I have a 23" monitor that uses VGA @ 1080p and the graphics don't look bad at all.
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October 21, 2010 12:35:29 AM

jaguarmatt said:
Are you placing the DVI cable into the same spot you had the VGA-to-DVI adapter into?


EDIT:
Also, I have a 23" monitor that uses VGA @ 1080p and the graphics don't look bad at all.



I've tried plugging it into both DVI ports, neither seem to read that its there.
I contacted Viewsonic Support and they basically told me that it had something to do with the screen refresh rate, which won't go above 30 hertz at 1920 by 1080.
But even when I switch down to 1600 by 1200 , I have hertz at 60 and it still wont' read DVI.

They told me to contact the graphics card manufacturer saying that the screen refresh rate didn't have anything to do with the monitor.
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October 21, 2010 12:41:00 AM

zmacleod1 said:
I've tried plugging it into both DVI ports, neither seem to read that its there.
I contacted Viewsonic Support and they basically told me that it had something to do with the screen refresh rate, which won't go above 30 hertz at 1920 by 1080.
But even when I switch down to 1600 by 1200 , I have hertz at 60 and it still wont' read DVI.

They told me to contact the graphics card manufacturer saying that the screen refresh rate didn't have anything to do with the monitor.

This sounds like tech non-support to me. Any standard LCD typically operates at 60hz. I truly think that your monitor is the problem.
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October 25, 2010 10:35:28 PM

So should I take it back yet again?
When I did talk to the Viewsonic tech she told me that a lot of people had issues when upgrading from Windows xp to 7
Basically I bought a whole new system except I transfered over my old hard drive and then just installed 7 on it.
Do you think possibly wiping the hard drive and re-installing might help?
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October 25, 2010 11:17:41 PM

You can try, but I doubt it. Re-using the old HDD wouldn't have caused this. Do you have access to any other LCD that you could borrow for testing to see what happens?
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October 26, 2010 6:33:00 PM

I'm going to try and hook it up to HDTV in the living room, see how that works.
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October 26, 2010 7:44:31 PM

You can always try doing a reinstall. It tends to remove the most errors.
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October 26, 2010 7:57:42 PM

Okay, figured it out.
It was the graphics card.
Tried hooking it up to the HDTV; wouldn't work.
So I tried one last ditch effort, and plugged in my Nvidia 9400GT to one of the other PCI-e slots, plugged in the DVI to the back and low and behold I'm running flawlessly in 1080p.

Guess that means I'll be in the market for a new graphics card because it's probably too late to send this one back, I've had it for a couple months now and I don't believe I purchased a warrantied it.
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October 27, 2010 2:04:15 AM

XFX claims to have a lifetime warranty on many items. Try RMAing directly with them.
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October 28, 2010 4:59:13 AM

Thanks for the heads up, and thanks again guys for the help.
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