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Windows 7: Change 16:10 to 16:9


30 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 
Change 16:10 to 16:9

I have a 20 inch monitor and its 16:10 (1680x1050). I wanted to buy another monitor of those same specifications but I can't find many that are at a decent price they are all 16:9!

So can someone please, please tell me if it is possible to use a 1600x900 resolution on my monitor? So software like drivers or something.... Right now in resolution properties of Windows and also ATI Catalyst I can't select any 16:9 resolutions.

It's a Dell E207WFP btw

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30 Mar 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unless you like black bars top and bottom, if you run that monitor at 1600x900 instead of 1680x1050 everything will be stretched. If you want it at that resolution because of a second monitor that isn't necessary either as long as it is set to extended instead of clone or mirrored mode.
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31 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

What makes it different from a 16:9 monitor 20' then if I could get my 16:10 to run at 1600x900? How is the 16:9 monitor not stretched?
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31 Mar 2010   #4

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31 Mar 2010   #5
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DevourDarkness View Post
What makes it different from a 16:9 monitor 20' then if I could get my 16:10 to run at 1600x900? How is the 16:9 monitor not stretched?
Because the physical dimensions of the screens are different, with the 16:10 monitor being slightly narrower and taller. Both will still be 20" on the diagonal but the overall size is different. So running a native 1680x1050 at 1600x900 will be stretched whenrun full screen, the extra pixels have to come from somewhere.

Unless you plan on running the monitors in clone mode, I wouldn't worry about the difference in resolution as it won't matter in extended mode.
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31 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Sell your 16:10 monitor and buy 2 16:9 ones.
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01 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

I didn't know about the physical thing thanks yeah I might sell this one.
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01 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Didn`t you post this topic a while ago ?

What is a 16X10 monitor ?

But seriously both your monitors ( coming off the same pc ) should be the same size. They don`t have to be, but they should be. I did some refreshes for Merrill Lynch and they had 2 19" fullscreens side by side. They were sweet.
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01 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am running a 20 and 19", but both are 16:10 ratio. 1680x1050 and 1440x900.
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