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Windows 7: 1440x900 with geforge 8600 w7

12 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
1440x900 with geforge 8600 w7

I've been trying to get my monitor to work at it's native resolution of 1440x900 in windows 7 64 bit to no avail. the monitor:
Viewsonic Q191wb 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor

My video card is a geforce 8600 GT

The connection is vga to DVI adapter into the video card dvi port (no vga port available)

I previously had windows xp 32 bit installed and was using the resolution of 1440x900 by adding the custom resolution through nvidia control panel. Unfortunately in windows 7 64 bit Adding the custom resolution puts me "out of range" every time. I've tried different refresh rates and both 32/16 bit, nothing works. I was attempting to follow some of the tutorials in this thread Force DVI/HDMI resolutions and refresh rates but I am not able to retrieve a EDID using any of the programs, my monitor is not plug and play.

I may have over looked something very simple and I'm hoping thats all it is, seeing as I had the resolution working in windows xp 32 bit, why shouldn't it work in a upgraded version of windows.. Any help would be greatly appreciate this has been driving me bonkers.

Edit** I should add that I have updated to the latest drivers, I have tried force ware from nvidia, I also have tried installing my monitors drivers, but none of that made a difference, I even tried going into my regedit and changing resolution settings manually.

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13 May 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

Well first of all, you're going to have trouble forcing the computer and monitor to accept that resolution as it's a 16:10 (Widescreen) resolution. The only thing I can think of to aid you is to tell your display to allow the computer to show modes that aren't compatible with your display.

Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Display > Adjust Screen Resolution > Advanced Settings Link > Monitor Tab > Uncheck "Hide modes that this monitor cannot display"

After you've done this, you can attempt to set the resolution through either the native Windows control panel or you can try it through the NVIDIA control panel.

Sorry if you've tried this already, but it's the only solution I can think of.

If you're really fed up with things and are looking to upgrade your monitor, the Acer X223w*** is a great series of monitors. It's got a 2500:1 Static Contrast Ratio, a max resolution of 1680x1050 (16:10) and is decently priced ($150-170).

Here's a link:
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13 May 2010   #3

Win7 7600 x64

vga to DVI this will not always be a good thing for screen resolution. Direct DVI will offer higher resolution.
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13 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

Yeah unfortunately I tried all of that already
Thanks for the advice guys, I am thinking of upgrading monitors when I buy a new pc, so I'll just bare with the lesser res until then.
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14 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

Ok for anyone who has a similar problem I figured out how to attain my 1440x900 resolution when it does not show up in the usable res' and appears out of range when you add as a custom resolution.

It's very simple as I thought it would be, for nvidia gpu's when adding the custom resolution through the nvidia control panel, in this case 1440x900, make sure the refresh rate you set is compatible with that resolution for that monitor (which I already did before) the thing I didn't do is extend the timing drop down window and change it from automatic to GTF, DMT, CVT or manual if you know the correct settings, From those three options CVT is the best in terms of pixels and refresh rate. the other option CVT reduce blanked causes the screen to extend passed the borders of the monitor because it sets the polarity in a different sequence.
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