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LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

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LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I JUST UPGRADED TO A LCD MONITOR FROM A CRT.  I ALSO THINK I'M PART OF THE HUGE MAJORITY THAT USES THE COMPUTER MAINLY FOR THE INTRANET.  THESE LCD MONITORS ARE SUPPOSE TO WORK BEST AT THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION OF 1280x1024.  DOES ANYONE EVERY USE THAT RESOLUTION??  ALL IT DOES IS MAKE EVERYTHING SO UNBEARABLY SMALL.  GRANTED, YOU CAN GET MORE ON THE SCREEN, BUT MOST WEB PAGES ARE SIZED TO FIT A LOWER RESOLUTION LIKE 1024x768.  I GOT A 19 INCH SO EVERYTHING WOULD BE BIGGER AND EASIER TO READ.  THIS SUPPOSIBLY "NATIVE/OPTIMAL" RESOLUTION MAKES IT SMALLER THAN A 15 INCH MONITOR.  WHY BOTHER GETTING A LARGE MONITOR?  WHEN I SET IT AT A LOWER RESOLUTION (BAD TERM),(IT SHOULD BE LABELED AS "LARGER RESOLUTION" AS HIGHER RESOLUTION MEANS EVERYTHING YOU READ IS LIKE THE FINE PRINT ON THE BACK OF A LOAN APPLICATION) THE TEXT IS A LITTLE FUZZY; BUT AT LEAST I CAN READ IT.  TO ME, THE OPTIMAL RESOLUTION IS THE TEXT/IMAGE SIZE THAT CAN BE SEEN NORMALLY AND CENTERED ON THE SCREEN AND THIS IS NOT 1280x1024. 

Message Edited by HENRY2HENRY2 on 10-15-2003 01:08 AM

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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

HENRY2HENRY2,

Thank you for using the Dell Community Forum.

That is normal. The higher the resolution is the smaller the text will be. You can go into the Display Settings and click the Appearance tab. From there you can change the font size to large. Try setting the resoluton to 1024x768 to see if that will work for you.

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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

Yes, I know I can go to settings and change the font size, but that is only for the headings, tool bar ,etc.  This will not change the font size of the web pages which is 99% of what you are reading.  I did change the resolution to 1024X768 which makes everything appear as normal size, but as you know this makes the text a little fuzzier since it is not the optimal resolution.  I just can't imagine the default optimal resolution (1280X1024)  on these 19 inch monitors is a resolution most people would use.  Who wants to have everything that small and off-centered on your screen.  I don't have bad eyesight, so I suppose everyone else struggles with the same problem.  That's like building a huge SUV with a 2 gallon gas tank.  The optimal res. on the 15 " screens is 1024X768 from what I understand.  Since a 19 inch is larger than a 15 inch,  the optimal resolution should be lower on the 19" than the 15".  Instead, it is backwards!  By getting a 19 inch, you get more screen space, so you don't need to make everything smaller to fit on the screen.  The 15" with a smaller screen size should be set at an optimal higher resolution (making everything smaller) so you can see more on the smaller screen.  I just don't get it.  I'm debating on going back to a cheaper CRT with crisp text.  The only thing holding me back is the brightness of the LCD and the larger viewable area, but why pay double for fuzzier text?  I thought I may be making a big deal out of it, but even when you buy the computer, there is a huge sticker on the front that says "1280X1024." 
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tomintx
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

Surprisingly you do become accustomed to the higher resolution.  Another little trick is take advantage of the zoom feature, in many web pages you can increase the text size quite a bit. Hold down the Ctrl key, and spin your mouse wheel, this also works in many Office apps as well. Also it is important that the text at this size be very sharp and crisp, so be sure if you have XP,  to use clear type. Here is a wizard in case you haven't seen it to set it to your liking. Hope you find this useful.

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/cleartypeactivate.htm

Regards,

Dell Latitude 6430u, w/USB 3.0 dock, Venue 8 Pro Tablet

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G_W_B
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

I have to agree with Henry2Henry2 with regard to the resolution.  I have the Dell 1800FB with the Nvidia FX 5200 video card that I am very happy with but I found the 1280X1024 very difficult to read most of the internet text.  But after using "clear type" I have to say that I am happy that you posted Tom, I found your reply very helpful (and a little easier on the eyes!)  Thanks!
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ccnme91
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

There is one more setting that you can try at least when you are surfing the internet with internet explorer.    With explorer open Go to VIEW Then go to TEXT SIZE and increase you text size inside of internet explorer. 

Good Luck

Chris

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Palitigate
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

I am having the same problem.  I just replaced the motherboard in my Dell Inspiron 8100 Laptop and since then cannot see full screen with normal sized icons, windows et. cet.  I use AOL and that is where things really go south.  My buddy list is tiny, tool and task bars cause me to squint, all windows are just small and not properly sized.  I have lowered resolution as suggested in this thread, but that just decreases the size of my screen.  So that is not good either.  I enlarged the icons on my desktop so they are now normal sized, but can't fix everything.  I am so frustrated.  THere has to be a solution to this since I did not have this issue with the old motherboard.

ANdrew

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robnalex
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

Many of the new users of LCD monitors complaining about the appearance have not yet taken the time to adjust the settings, not the resolution, which should be at the monitor's native setting.

For the best performance and display quality of most LCD monitors 19" and smaller, your display resolution should be set to 1280 x 1024 which is the native resolution of the monitor. You can adjust these other display settings to compensate for the smaller icons and text:

Go to display properties/settings/advanced and you can change the DPI setting.

Under display properties/appearance/font size select large fonts.

Under display properties/appearance/effects clear the 1st box, check the 2nd box and select ClearType.

For additional enhancement use the Microsoft ClearType Tuner, found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/customize/cleartype/tuner/default.asp

Message Edited by robnalex on 12-18-2003 10:39 AM

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Dysseron
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

If we just consider monitor size for a moment (ie, consider two CRTs) and you exchange your 15" for a 19" (both CRTs) you will get a "larger" image at the same resolution.  So, if you are used to running your 15" CRT at 800x600 and then you run your 19" CRT at 800x600, your icons and text will be a bit larger on the 19".   The advantage of going to a higher resolution, like 1024x768 or 1280x1024 is that you can get more screen "real estate" at one time.  So, I can see more of the excel spreadsheet at one time, or a larger web-page without scrolling.  You are right, that when you set the resolution higher, the pixels appear smaller, so that if an image is 100 pixels wide, that would represent 12.5% of the screen if the resolution is set to 800x600 (irrespective of physical screen size).   However, that same image, on the same monitor would only represent 7.81% of the screen if the monitor is set to 1280x1024, thereby appearing smaller. 

 

Many, many people that I know like the 1280x1024 on a 19" CRT.  I use that resolution at home.  If you don't like it, fine, change it to whatever you like. 

 

Your real problem seems to be that on an LCD monitor of 19" the 1280x1024 is the only resolution that provides the clearest image, yet this resolution is not to your liking.  So, you can't really set the resolution lower than this.  I would say return it.   

 

But, the benefit of the larger monitor is the ability to set it to a higher resolution, get more "screen real estate" and still have an acceptable size image.   Before I had my 19" CRT, I was using a 17" CRT.  I could set the 17" to 1280x1024 but the text and images were way too small.  However, this resolution on the 19" works fine, for me.

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robnalex
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Re: LCD MONITOR RESOLUTION

Anything less than the native resolution will produce an inferior display on an LCD monitor. The default windows display settings will produce text and icons that are too small for most preferences. You can compensate for this by making the adjustments to the settings that I posted above, without lowering the resolution and producing a lousy display quality.

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