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Windows 7: Screen Resolution Help

03 Jan 2009   #11
johngalt

 

The original DOOM? lol - well, then, there is obviously an incompatibility....

Glad it worked for ya m8.


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03 Jan 2009   #12
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by renthor View Post
Ok, yeah refresh rate sounds the easiest, hopefully. Installing programs on a blank screen just does not sound fun at all. 60 will probably be the best bet, I've tried 59 other times and I get hit or miss results with that.
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Sorry to but in. Isn't that an LCD? If so, they do not use refresh rates.
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03 Jan 2009   #13
johngalt

 

No, but your video card can still set a refresh rate that the LCD cannot handle - try it - force your video card to use 75 or even 85 on and LCD - and watch yer screen disappear and your monitor complain.
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03 Jan 2009   #14
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Yes John. Been there (nearly) done that. I think, though, you have to be using one of the third party graphics drivers or overclocking to be offered anything other than 60??
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03 Jan 2009   #15
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

You can trigger other refresh rates in the advanced settings, using the List All Modes button, I believe regardless of what driver you're using. Though a 3rd party driver will probably get you a whole lot more modes to choose from.

And yes, the original Doom, played using ZDoom, and it works surprisingly well. Just no full screen anymore hah. Thanks again.
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03 Jan 2009   #16
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I do not have the technical backgrounf so you would have to browse but. LCD's DO NOT have a refresh rate. If you change (when it is shown) a refresh rate on an LCD, it makes the trigger move faser, but will do nothing for the flicker (that's what it's all about) on the screen and will make the monitor work unecessarily harder.
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03 Jan 2009   #17
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

From Wikipedia:
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Much of the discussion of refresh rate does not apply to the liquid crystal portion of an LCD monitor. This is because while a CRT monitor uses the same mechanism for both illumination and imaging, LCDs employ a separate backlight to illuminate the image being portrayed by the LCD's liquid crystal shutters. The shutters themselves do not have a "refresh rate" as such due to the fact that they always stay at whatever opacity they were last instructed to continuously, and do not become more or less transparent until instructed to produce a different opacity.
The closest thing liquid crystal shutters have to a refresh rate is their response time, while nearly all LCD backlights (most notably fluorescent cathodes, which commonly operate at (~200Hz) have a separate figure known as flicker, which describes how many times a second the backlight pulses on and off.
I'm not disputing that LCDs do or do not have a "refresh rate" as they do not. However, you can still force your graphics card to set a different rate and this will mess with your screen. If you do not believe me, try it yourself. I don't know if changing the refresh rate changes the response time, or what it does, but you can either get a black screen, or the current image will become distorted and very fuzzy.

I don't believe its about making the monitor work harder or not, I am reasonably sure the graphics card is just outputting in a mode that the monitor can't handle, as it's designed for CRTs.
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03 Jan 2009   #18
racecarboobtat

WinXP SP3
 
 

I'm having the same problem with Windows Media Center. If I maximize it, the screen goes black. When I reboot Windows, I get to the login, then it just goes black.

I can restart in safe mode and uninstall the driver for my Nvidia 8800GT then restart succesfully albeit with 800x600 resolution. Then windows automatically downloads and reinstalls the Nvidia driver.

The first time I did this, I was able to restart normally with 1360x768 resolution. However, I've never had another succesful restart.

Am I just stuck waiting for a new Nvidia graphics driver or is there something more I can do to stop the black screen from happening?
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03 Jan 2009   #19
racecarboobtat

WinXP SP3
 
 

Update. Installing the newest NVidia Vista32 driver for my 8800GT while in safe mode fixed my black screen problem completely.

It's much more stable than the one Microsoft automatically installs.
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13 May 2009   #20
Robber79

Win Vista Ul. Winxp.pro.sp3 Win7 RC 7100
 
 

I can't make the setting of the refresh rate to be 60Hz, it is stuck on 59Hz whenever i try to change, it won't. My screen res. is 1680x1050.
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