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Windows 7: Added Vizio 24" LCD monitor - Can't change resolution - Need help!

26 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Added Vizio 24" LCD monitor - Can't change resolution - Need help!

Ok, here we go! First off, new to the forum - looks like a great place to be.

Have a Dell Inspiron 531s, and it came with a Dell 17" rectangular monitor, connected by USB. After changing the OS from Vista to XP Pro, I've now upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium, so I though ti would be great to add a new wide screen monitor. I looked at the Dell offerings, the the model I use at work is a 24", and the price is $270. Looking around at WalMart, and I noticed a Vizio 24" LCD TV was selling for $148. Looking at the box, it states it is PC compatible. Great - $270 vs. $148 - I'll bite!

The only means of connecting from my Inspiron to the Vizio is via a VGA cable (HDMI would have been nice). The idea of going to the wide screen was to allow either split screen or two windows side-by-side, but that's not working out. Seems as though I can't adjust the resolution. The Vizio is identifed as a generic PnP monitor with 1360 x 768 DPI and 60 Hertz refresh. I though perhaps my graphics driver just needed to be updated. The graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, version

The big question - can I change the resolution? Right now the icons and print are at about 125%. Please keep the tips simple, because I know enough to be dangerous! Thanks much! Rich
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26 Mar 2015   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

Make sure the laptop is set to show ALL resolutions possible, the video card may just not display that resolution.

The VGA connection may be the problem.

What is the native resolution of the Vizio 24" TV

Is it 1080p or 720p?

All this information is on the box.

Post a manufacturer`s link to the Vizio TV.

I would never use an HDTV as a computer monitor ( they look terrrible ) you can get a 24" PC monitor much cheaper then $270, keep looking.

I only use my Sony Bravia for the occasional movie from the PC.

Other then that it`s strictly for Blu-Ray or HDTV :)
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26 Mar 2015   #3

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Personally I wouldn't use a TV for a monitor, they're just not as good with desktop stuff. They're fine for watching videos and gaming on but they look awful in the desktop environment.
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26 Mar 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Thanks for the input - appreciated! First of all, it's a 23" LED, and the resolution is 1366 x 768 at 60 htz max. I did notice that there is one USB 2.0 port - can I hook-up the TV the same as I had the LCD monitor? That was via USB. Anyway - looks like I'm maxed out. Might just have to make this a spare TV and go with a better PC monitor. Thanks much! Rich
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Mar 2015   #5

Windows 10 Pro x64

USB is not a video connection.

You use VGA, DVI, HDMI or Display Port.

And you are the one who said it`s a 24" so please don`t correct us like we didn`t read what you said.

All you had to do was post the manufacturer`s link like I asked.

Take the thing back, get a PC monitor :)
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