Hello, I just installed a new TV/Monitor, Philips 32PFL4017G/78 and specs say full HD. I am now using two monitors, this one and a LG that's fine with a 1680X1050 resolution. Windows states max resolution for the Philips is 1980X1080, but it does not look as good as the LG, and, worse, icons are half outside the screen. I installed drivers from my Zotac Nvidia GE Force 210 video card, and nothing changed.
A lot of modern televisions will apply a 5% or so overscan to the image, basically zooming in on the picture, resulting in a non 1 to 1 pixel mapping. This is often unnoticeable when the tv is connected to a blu-ray player or gaming console, but will result in part of the screen being cut off and poor image quality when connected to a PC. This is from Phillips FAQ regarding connecting the display to a PC:
"For a 1080i/1080p video signal, if you want to view the entire picture with 1:1 pixel mapping (i.e. 1080p picture on a 1080p screen, if your TV is 1080p) without the 5% overscan which crops the picture on all four sides, please select Unscaled picture format for best performance."
I did not change the resolution, it is set 1920X1080, but now my icons returned to the screen, and I adjusted it's brightness and sharpness, and it is getting more like the LG monitor. Can this be a driver issue? My drivers are up to date, I downloaded instead of using the supplied CD.
Most TVs also offer a lot of options to make the picture look "better." Often times, many of these options are adjusted by default to make the picture look bright/vibrant when viewing movies or games but often unnatural and provide poor image quality when the display is connected to a PC. You may want to play with some of the picture options. Try changing the sharpness and disabling things such as Noise Reduction, Color Enhancements, and Dynamic Contrast (See page 28 of the above linked manual). Note, some of these options may be disabled while the display is in PC mode.