I recently purchased a used Samsung T260HD (25.5") 16:10 monitor to replace a 22" Viewsonic; no real reason for the change, other than I wanted a larger screen area. Anyway, the monitor is connected to an Nvidia 9800GTX+ (w/ most current drivers), housed in a PC running a Core2Duo E8400-3Ghz chipset and 3G of ram.
In playing around with screen resolutions, I have found that 1360X768 is "OK", but that 1600X900 is waaay to small for these tired old eyes. I'd like to try 1440X900, but neither the Nvidia nor Control Panel/Display will let me get there. According to Samsung, the monitor will work at the 1440 resolution. So, I am considering replacing the card. The monitor is used roughly 70% / 30% (work vs games), with the games being primarily Call of Duty FPS's.
While the monitor does include a tuner, it is used solely for computer work & games.
Thanks for whatever insights or suggestions you can offer regarding a alternate vid card.
"Are you using the DVI or VGA cable"? Great question; I apologize for not including that info' in my original post. The monitor is connected via a VGA.
For reasons to lengthy to go into, I share the monitor, keyboard and speakers.......but not the mouse or my PC with another person via a KVM switch. The KVM switch has only a VGA connect, and I don't know if a DVI version is available. Quite possible with the slow demise of VGA vs. DVI. Come to think of it, while the other PC is a bit older and less capable than mine, I'll see if I can set the monitor to 1440 from there.
In the interim, am I wasting my time trying to do this VGA?
Thanks to all for the input. While I still don't know why the graphics card doesn't automatically make the desired resolution available, I have found that I can enter the preferred resolution into the card as a "custom" and the monitor will display it. Thanks again for everyone's input.