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Windows 7: Monitor is listed as generic, can't change resolution.

20 Sep 2011   #1
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Monitor is listed as generic, can't change resolution.

I'm pretty sure the reason I can't change the resolution on my monitor is because it is listed as Generic PnP in Device Manager. Although in Control Panel-->Display the model number is listed.

It's a seven year old monitor. Model Sony SDM-HS73. Should I attempt to install a driver? Will that allow me to change resolution? If so how do I find the driver?

I want to see if going lower than 1280 x 1024 may allow me to see the text on the screen a little better. But if it's more trouble than it's worth...




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20 Sep 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I just took a quick look at Sony for your monitor:

Sony eSupport - SDM-HS73 - News & Alerts

The drop down list under drivers doesn't show anything for Windows 7 or Vista.

I've at times used a generic video driver and did not notice anything inferior about it.

I guess you could experiment with an XP driver, maybe in compatible mode?

It's entirely possible Sony has quit driver development for this monitor and that you have no choice other than the generic driver you are now using.
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20 Sep 2011   #3
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When I try to change resolution in Display Properties everything but 1280 x 1024 is greyed out. At least I think that is what is happening. Is there another "generic" driver you are referring to other than the PnP I already have?

Otherwise I think I'll just stay with what I have.
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20 Sep 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

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No, I was referring to the same generic PnP driver that you mentioned.

You could try updating it through device manager, but there may be nothing available.
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20 Sep 2011   #5
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Check this thread.

CRT Monitor locked at 60hz.

Check my post#3 and see if that works. If not look at the final post if you are using AMD/ATI drivers for your video card.

Jim
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20 Sep 2011   #6
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Check this thread.

CRT Monitor locked at 60hz.

Check my post#3 and see if that works. If not look at the final post if you are using AMD/ATI drivers for your video card.

Jim
Yes, going to Advanced settings->Adapter I am able to see many choices. I repped you, Thanks.

If I switch to any other resolution I get a message saying it's not the optimal display. I was on a different computer today and noticed it's resolution was lower than mine and I liked the way it looked. That's what started me down this path. I'll have to experiment.
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