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Windows 7: Resolution issue. 1600x1200 my monitor turns off. didnt in windowsxp

09 Aug 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium full version 64bit
Resolution issue. 1600x1200 my monitor turns off. didnt in windowsxp

Hello, i have got windows7 running fine id say which i am pleased with but there is just 1 little or abit of an annoying thing that is. I cannot get my resolution to 1600 1200 resolution. This was possible when i had windows Xp running. My GPU has uptodate drivers and my motherboard i believe is ok thou I have found this ASUS motherboard a little messy to get things uptodate. i think my motherboards fine thou.

I am abit sad that i can only go to 1280 1024. As i want to play some games in 1600 1200 resolution. I have a CRT monitor by the way but anyway.

I shall keep an eye on this post of mine to see if any1 is able to give me some useful advice/ solution. Thank you for reading this thread and would be most grateful to whoever might come up with a solution to this. I find this issue rather weird and a shame really.

Everything fine apart from going into 1600 resolution. thats 1600 by any number. it cannot go into anything that starts with 1600 but in xp when i used this recently it was ok. My monitor would just switch off and have that orange light on it like its in stand by. Lucky i know that if i press the escape key it'll go back.

Yours sincerily,


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09 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

When you say your driver is up to date, do you mean the computer told you that when you looked at the video card in device manager, or did you actually go to the manufacturers website and download the most recent driver available there?
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09 Aug 2010   #3

windows 7 home premium full version 64bit

um, something u mentioned there has got me thinking that i might update my GPU again. As something out of the ordinary occured to do with my GPU updating. I actually installed windows7 2 times since i purchased the otherday. The reason was that i messed around abit with trying to get my motherboard uptodate and thought i just reinstall windows 7 and start again having known sometihngs already from looking around just before.
It was on this 2nd go in windows 7 that the windows update tried getting the GPU driver itself and actually said failed or something. Maybe it had to do with that i did it myself going on nvidia website but if that was the case why did it try to update the GPU if it was already updated. This is why im thinking that i will update my gpu again [rollback driver and update again] something like. I will/might try this later today as i need to give my PC a rest because its late and im tired . Nice to see a response so soon after posting. Will reply how my thing goes but am sorry i think im gonna have to call it a night now. Be in touch again soon i think.

edit- i think that i got the driver from the website itself. in device manager it also says everything is uptodate :/
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09 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

YOu need to get the driver from the NVIDIA website, not Windows Update. If you can, I would uninstall the driver completed, then install what you download from the NVIDIA website. Sometimes bugs with drivers can be carried over or be created when updating a driver then normal way. Removing it, then installing had much better chance of going well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Aug 2010   #5

windows 7 home premium full version 64bit

thank you for your suggestions. I will do this later on today, afternoon. Really hope this does the trick. I am rather annoyed about this to tell the truth ^^. This is the only thing stopping me enjoy the fact i have windows 7 which i badly needed for my PC ;p. It was abit unstable beforehand. This windows7 looks great and feels solid as an OS. if only i can get round this 1 tihng :s.

Will comment again later on, hopefully with a good message but maybe it will be saying how its still the same. cross fingers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Aug 2010   #6


check the refresh rate.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This does not appear to be a problem with the graphics card. It's likely that Windows 7 is not properly detecting your monitor, so try this:

1) Click Start
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2) Right-click "Computer", then select Properties
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3) Click "Device Manager" (you may need to respond to a UAC Prompt
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4) Under "Monitors", right-click you monitor, then select "Uninstall"
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5) confirm the device removal
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6) Have Windows re-detect you monitor by clicking the "Scan for New Hardware" button
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If the above fails to work, then you might have better luck if you go to your Monitor manufacturer website to see if you can find the drive (usually some kind of INF file) that tell Windows what the capabilities of the monitor are, including refresh rates and screen resolutions.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

go into nvidia control panel and go to adjust resolution then tick the box "show resolutions not supported by my monitor then click what u want
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10 Aug 2010   #9

windows 7 home premium full version 64bit

So i uninstalled my GPU driver and can u believe that i was able to get to 1600 resolution. the monitor was labelled something like 'default monitor' however i felt like i needed to put the uptodate drivers anyway as it had no information really on my graphics card. After updating my GPU driver i once again, was able to go into 1600 resolution thou i got to say. Was nice going into it anyway just a minute beforehand. After driver was put on i couldnt :/.

I tried the monitor thing also suggested by some1. I uninstalled the monitor and then scanned for new hardware and it picked up what it had there beforehand. nice suggestion thou. I am now currently trying to find a driver for my monitor as it might be this that isnt setup for windows 7.

In short-i still have the problem of not being able to get into 1600 1200 resolution when i was able to in windows xp. I did momentarily in windows7 but this was with my GPU having no drivers and ofc it needs to have the most uptodate drivers.

I will say how my monitor driver search goes on/turns out.

I will keep an eye on this post if any1 has any ideas or ways to get round this problem i am having. thanks again and hope to get past this mess i am experiencing

EDIT-i have just seen a new post and havent read. Will see and carryout anything it might say that could help. Thank you for your contribution
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2010   #10

windows 7 home premium full version 64bit

am trying to find drivers for my monitor but all i get is software that detects out of date drivers on my pc. then it says to update i need to pay for it?. still looking.

I remember that in XP i was not able to get refresh rate like im seeing after installing windows7, which i think is nice. In my manual i think it says monitor can handle 80hz definietely so its nice to see this being used now. I tried that thing that some1 mentioned above by going into nvidia control panel and go onto show resolution not supported by that. I found a screen where i can select the refresh rate and thought that 1600 worked on my XP tihng when it was at 60hz 70hz but no more it would go off the monitor. No luck here, it goes black even when i select 60 70hz.

Just looking for monitor drivers now but maybe this isnt gonna do anytjhing (. I rememebr seeing it say in device manager that my monitor was uptodate driver wise :/

EDIT-side note, do ppl think that playing a game in 1280 odd resolution is abuit of a downer.

A massive solution to this would be to get maybe a new monitor which i think will solve this, b'hope so.

Please add a comment if you might have a thought on this/idea/hint/solution.

Thank you

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 Resolution issue. 1600x1200 my monitor turns off. didnt in windowsxp

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