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1600x1200 resolution screen at 800x600

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August 18, 2003 7:26:13 PM

I'm looking at getting a Dell laptop with 1600x1200 resolution because I figure most games come with 800x600 support. A lot of other Dell screens have resolutions like 1400x1050, which I've never seen supported in games. I hate the blurry scaling with improper resolution on LCDs.

Will 1600x1200 properly scale to 800x600 on the screen?
August 21, 2003 6:15:20 AM


I have a Dell I8000 w/ a UXGA (1600x1200) screen and it will run games at 800x600 res "properly" and "crisply". Though, IMHO the scaling and bluring are hardly (or not at all) noticable at even a not-so-native resolution (such as 1024x768, 1280x1024 etc...).

In answer to your post, yes it will scale properly. However, I would advise you not to worry so much about the scaling especially when gaming.
August 21, 2003 4:55:32 PM

In games, on an LCD, the 'blur' associated with a lower than native resolution is very difficult to notice in games, especially FPS or 'high-action' games. It doesn't matter what an LCD's native resolution is when it comes to scaling down, it makes no difference. The only thing that makes a difference is how your video driver is set up: i.e. to stretch the image to fill the screen, or to keep the native resolution and show black borders around the image.


Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
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August 21, 2003 7:46:48 PM

How would you change the driver options to do that? I've never seen that option in NVidia's menus.

I have a 1280x1024 LCD at home. I find some games to be blurry at 1024x768 if 1280 isn't supported. I play RTS and RPG more than FPS (mostly because I get killed a lot by 12 year olds :smile: )
August 21, 2003 9:55:40 PM

RPG and RTS would be more noticeable, but shoult not be annoying to any degree. In the nVidia Driver, the setting should be found under "Device Selection" >>> "Device Adjustments"

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
August 22, 2003 1:15:31 AM

Wow, that was deep inside the menus. I don't think I've been to that screen before. Great thanks. I'll have to try out BF1942, which always drove me crazy with 1280x940 resolution (OK, I admit it, I play some FPS).
August 22, 2003 1:25:08 AM

Wow, you took a screenshot and everything! I think I had a couple extra options. Maybe I have different drivers. I picked the one "use fixed aspect ratio scaling" which should help out.

I'll probably get the 1800x1200 anyway because it's only about $50 more.

Now all I have to wait for is the 9600 chip in the Dells...
August 23, 2003 8:15:35 AM

1800 * 1200, what's the additional 200.

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September 3, 2003 6:17:59 PM

meant 1600x1200