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How to get 4/3 ratio wide screen

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December 12, 2011 6:19:36 PM

How can I get a 4/3 ratio on a wide screen ?
My graphic card is ATI Rage

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a c 153 U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 6:24:53 PM

In a game? Or in general? Why would you want it for general use?
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December 12, 2011 6:28:48 PM

Helltech said:
In a game? Or in general? Why would you want it for general use?

In general. I wish to wiew my photos without distortion
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:07:12 PM

Right click on your desktop select "Screen resolution" and select 1600x1200. That's a 4:3 ratio. 1280x 960 is also 4:3 ratio.

What is your OS? These instructions are good for Windows 7.

Although 4:3 might look really, really ugly on a natively widescreen LCD.
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:12:06 PM

as long as you set the resolution identical to that as the native resolution of your monitor, you won't see distortion if you fullscreen the photo's. If you do anything other than the monitor's native resolution, you WILL get distortion.

What monitor do you have?
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December 12, 2011 7:30:15 PM

N.Broekhuijsen said:
as long as you set the resolution identical to that as the native resolution of your monitor, you won't see distortion if you fullscreen the photo's. If you do anything other than the monitor's native resolution, you WILL get distortion.

What monitor do you have?

Viewsonic Q2162wb
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:39:28 PM

set the resolution to 1680x1050, it is your screens native resolution. Then you can view your photo's freely.

The problem with forcing a 4:3 resolution on a 16:10 screen is that the picture will get stretched, hence your idea to force a 4:3 aspect ratio WOULD induce distortion.

I hope I'm making sense.
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December 12, 2011 8:32:24 PM

The nearest resolution matching your proposition that I can get is 1600/1200.
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 10:25:33 PM

That's odd, you don't have a choice to select 1680*1050? Have you installed your video drivers?
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December 12, 2011 10:34:23 PM

I thought the graphic card would do the job.
Any suggestion ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 10:50:23 PM

It does, however, simply plugging it in is not all. You also need to install the drivers for the graphics card, otherwise windows uses a standard universal VGA driver on all systems, which has very few selected choices for resolution and makes NO use of the graphics power of your card.

What card do you have? I'll link you to the driver, no pain in installing or upgading the drivers
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December 12, 2011 10:58:33 PM

16 MB ATI Rage Ultra
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a c 142 U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 1:00:44 AM

A card that old would not support any widescreen resolution, 1600x1200 is probably its absolute maximum. You're going to need a new video card to output to a widescreen display without distortion. Could you post full specs on your system? If you have a really old card like that, odds are the rest of that computer is ancient, and finding a card that would work with your system that does support widescreen resolutions is going to be difficult.
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December 13, 2011 5:05:20 AM

Where do I find the system's full spec ?
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a c 142 U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 5:25:11 AM

Download a program called CPU-Z, it will give you most of your system details. The big things we'd need to know is what motherboard you have (manufacturer and model number, you can find that in the mainboard tab), which version of Windows you are using, and what power supply you have. For the power supply you are going to have to open your case and check for a label that should be attached to the side of the PSU. A brand name and model number would be helpful, along with how many amps it has on the +12V rail.

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 9:22:24 AM

Wow... that's a nice old rig.

But yeah, what Supernova said.
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December 13, 2011 12:59:51 PM

SYSTEM
Windows XP
Professional
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

COMPUTER
Intel (R)
Pentium (R)
Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3.00 GHz
2.99 GHz 2.50 GB of RAM

Kind of complicated to open the casing to access the power supply.
Is it absolutly necesary ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 2:01:23 PM

PSU is good to know if you're going for a heavier card, although I highly doubt that now seeing that spec list.

We still need to know what motherboard you have so that we can tell you what graphics card will fit in your system so that you can use the higher resolution.
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December 14, 2011 1:42:57 PM

PROCESSOR
Name: Intel Pentium 4
Code name: Northwood, Brand ID 9
Package: Socket 478 mPGA
Technology: 0.13 um
Specifications: Intel (R) Pentium(R) 4CPU 3.00GHz
Family: F, Model: 2, Stepping: 9
Ext. Family: F, Ext. Model: 2, Revision: D1
Instructions: MMX. SEE (1,2)

CLOCKS (Core #0)
Core Speed: 2992.5 MHz
Multiplier: x 15.0
Bus Speed: 199.5 MHz
Rated FSB: 798.0 MHz

CACHE
L1 Data: 8 KBytes, 4-way
Trace: 12 Kuops, 8-way
Level 2: 512 KBytes, 8-way

Cores:1

Threads: 1

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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2011 2:36:46 PM

Sorry mate, but there's no motherboard info amongst that.

could validate your system with CPU-Z, and send us a link to the validation?

All you need to do is open CPU-Z, slam the Validate button in the bottom, then enter your email address (you only need the top box marked online mode), and hit submit. Then send us the link you get in your browser. Here is my system as an example.

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2147943
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December 14, 2011 5:00:18 PM

Thank you.
I did that, what happens next ?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
December 14, 2011 5:39:07 PM

Give us the link so we could inspect it.
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2011 5:41:04 PM

Inspection time!

Please give us the link or your efforts are futile.
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December 14, 2011 6:49:07 PM

How to ?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
December 14, 2011 7:29:13 PM

When you click validate, the web browser opens. Right click on the adress bar, and press copy. Then navigate to this page, click Add a reply, right click on the text area, and press paste.
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December 26, 2011 12:48:41 PM

I changed the old graphic card.
The new one is G42MX NVIDIA 64 MB.
It does the trick.
Thank you very much,
Best wishes
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January 4, 2012 11:21:53 PM

Best answer selected by pacha5552003.
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