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Windows 7: Status of 1920x1080 resolution with Win 7 now ?

11 Jan 2011   #1

Win 7 Pro x64
Status of 1920x1080 resolution with Win 7 now ?

I am re-launching the question after sone search here, answers that seemed to work in December 2009, but we're now in January 2011, I have this new monitor installed to replace my 17 inches (with no effect as I have to run it at 1440x900 to fill the screen - no black stripe). PROBLEM : my new monitor recommended resolution (1920x1080) don't fill the screen - I get a 2 inches black stripe at right, and about 1/4 inch stripe on all other sides. Only way to fill the screen is to go for 1440x900, which is no value added (compared to my previous 17 inches monitor) I was reading that under VGA one need to use the Catalyst 8.9 (my display adapter is ATI Radeon HD 5450) - drivers are latest, version of Catalyst is latest (10.12). I am under Windows 7 x64 Pro.

Other monitor (1) is Viewsonic and resolution is 1650 x 1080 - no problem at all. Connected through DVI.

I made sure to update monitor driver for the ACER P216H as it showed ''Generic PnP monitor'' previously, now it shows ''ACER P216H''.

I am being told that this has nothing to do with the monitor (purchased yesterday - I was preparing to repack and return, but as I can see, most monitors are now 1920x1080 by default - and I *have* to connect this through VGA as my other one uses the DVI connector.
Is this still true that Windows 7 cannot display at 1920x1080 under VGA cable as I was reading in an old message (dated a year ago) here? Can't believe this would be the case a year after !!
If there is no other solution, I am repacking this monitor and returning it as there's no added value for it to replace my old 17 inches which displayed at 1280 x 1080 or alike!! I gain no more real estate if I use lower resolution on this new one, and worse: I get a distorted image.

- updated monitor driver
- checked that I have the latest display driver version
- checked that I have the latest Catalyst software
- played with refresh rate - of course not all resolutions work at every rate. If I raise the rate from 60 to 75, I am forced to 1280x1080 resolution and resulting image distortion again.

Also, the box of this monitor states false if what was said about VGA and 1920x1080 is still true: it states ''compatible with Windows 7'' and *only has a VGA connector''. (Be careful when reading about the P216H on the web - they don't mention that you can buy (which I did...) a ''P216H - Version P216 HB'' (small print, side of the box...) which unlike description on web *does not* have DVI...
So is it still the case that VGA don't allow to display 1920 x 1080 under Windows 7? Could I risk using Catalyst 8.9 (downgrade) with the HD5450 ?

Any suggestion ?

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12 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Bit

1. Wow, thats your problem. Look in the CCC and go to hdtv settings (May be listed as DVI settingsin CCC) and look for the extend screen option. What it does is extend the screen to fill the screen. Post if that works.

2. VGA does display 1920x1080 under Windows 7 and always has.
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12 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

You have to adjust the Scaling Options.
Right click on the bottom monitor icon and select "Configure..."

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Select Scaling Options and move the bar over to Overscan.

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12 Jan 2011   #4

Win 7 Pro x64
Thanks... but this exists only if connected in DVI...

Thanks to both of you.

1) I have selected ''extended display''

2) as for scaling, this option is found (from what I saw) only for my first monitor, since it is connected in DVI. There, I can see the scaling, and overscaling slider (in greay since it is done by default). For the second monitor under VGA, CCC does not offer such option.

3) I'm still stucked with the problem but I do appreciate very much you took the time to reply.

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13 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)

I had this problem and could only resolve it by connecting my largest monitor as my primary screen. Hope this helps.

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