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Windows 7: Dual Monitors, Monitor 2 "Blurry" Incorrect Resolution

27 Nov 2009   #1

Dual Monitors, Monitor 2 "Blurry" Incorrect Resolution

Hello, I have read several different threads all over the internet regarding a resolution problem in Windows 7 that has to do with the resolution, refresh rate, etc. I have tried to force a "custom" resolution using nVidia's Control panel, but it doesn't seem to do anything to fix the issues.

I have 2x22" monitors, and while using Windows XP, there was never a problem such as this.

It seems as if the monitor that is labeled as "Monitor 2" cannot have a proper 16:9 resolution set, and it is making "Monitor 2" be blurry.

Monitor 1 is set to 1680x1050, which is correct and everything is clear as day, but the best I can do for monitor 2 is 1600x1024, and that just makes it blurry and difficult to read, which is an extremely bad strain on my eyes.

Any solution or tips that I can try would be great, I was hoping a new driver would solve my problem so I was waiting for one to come out, but since the newest one came out yesterday 11/26, and it's been over a month Windows 7 is out, I am losing hope, so now I must ask for help.

Thank you so much for any help!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86


1680 >>> 1600


1050 >>> 1024

is enough of a difference to makes things blurry? I don't think so. The difference is minute and practically indiscernable (less than 8%.)

You could try locating and installing the .inf for the 2nd monitor but 1600 might be the max resolution it can go.

You could also try making a custom res for the monitor.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #3


Yeah.. those are different proportions..different aspect ratios. The native resolution for the Acer is 1680x1050.

1600 isn't the max resolution, I said it look's the best. Have you ever tried opening up a picture that was 500x500 and changes its dimensions to 500x550? Look's a little messed up, doesnt it?

Here's some more info:
My "Monitor 1" is a Hanns-G HG216D
My "Monitor 2" is a Acer AL2216W

The only way I can set the resolution to what I want is by making the monitor my main display, if the monitor is NOT my main display, I am stuck with a somewhat crappy aspect ratio, which makes it blurry. It doesn't matter which monitor is set to the main display, one is always going to be "blurry", again "blurry".
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Nov 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86

The aspect ratios are practically the same.

1680/1050 = 1.6

1600/1024 = 1.5625

1.6/1.5625 = 102.4% difference

Sorry. Not a good explanation. Almost too minute to tell.

I told you what you can do to try to force 1680*1050.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #5

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

The 102.4% difference will mean that the display width will be in error by 2.4%.

Have you checked to see if the Monitors have Updates for Windows 7
When I checked for M$ updates .. It had new drivers for my Samsungs and my Video card.

As torrentg said ... Your monitors are a 16:10 Ratio .. not 16:9
If the display ratio doesn't match the monitor ..
Then the attached Perfect Circle/Square will not look as such.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #6

There is an example, I had to kinda make a mock-up of my own since if I take a screenshot everything will look totally fine.. but, the picture in the background is "normal" there are no glitches in any of the words the page, and everything is legible (just shrunk down so it can fit in that box..:P). The picture in the foreground is the opposite, it is hard to read certain things, because it is skewed and chopped up a little bit.

I hope that explains my problem, and again, this doesnt matter if it is monitor 1 or 2, but only the PRIMARY display is "clear" - that's essentially the problem in a nut shell.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86

You complained about it being blurry. Nothing else matters for that, such as aspect ratio.

The refresh rate matters for that. See if it is set to 60 Hz. If not, set it so then pick the correct res after.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #8


It is set to 60, and changing the refresh rate doesn't change my resolution options.

Please stop thinking of me as a moron, I am not like your normal users. I hate to ask questions such as this but I cannot find a solution anywhere. I am describing my problem as best I can without inviting you over to my house.

I have already tried changing refresh rates, changing resolutions, etc. I can ONLY get one of them to be "clear". I never had this problem in XP, I could set both monitors to 1680x1050 without a problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #9

7600.20510 x86

You said it, I didn't.

You already have been given the answer to your problems with 2 solutions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2009   #10


Okay. You said "check the .inf for the monitor because 1600 might be the highest it can go" which is wrong, I NEVER had this problem with XP before. So you're "solution" is anything but a solution.

I was also told to check Windows Update, Windows is 100% up to date, so that doesn't help either.

Forget this forum, I shouldn't have signed up. Worthless. Good day.
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