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Windows 7 gives wrong resolution for my monitor

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  • Hi,

    My windows 7 gives me wrong options to choose my monitor resolution.

    Is there any way to instruct windows 7 to use an specific resolution that is not part of its “Screen Resolution” options?

    Thank you,

    Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:32 AM

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  • Which Monitor do you use? Have you install the inf Driver which contains the resoltion information for your Monitor?

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    Wednesday, February 09, 2011 2:40 PM
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    Windows shows PnP Monitor. When I try to update to the folder contains the .inf file, it says no update is required.

    But I don't think this relates to the monitore driver

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:35 PM
  • sure. Without the inf Windows doesn't know the resolution. Have you also installed the latest graphic card driver? How to you connect the Monitor (HDMI, DVI, D-Sub)?
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    Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:33 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Based on my research, the resolution you can use depends on the resolutions your monitor supports:

     

    Change your screen resolution

     

    To make your monitor work properly, as Andre said, try to install the latest graphic card driver to check the result.

     

    Alex Zhao


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    Friday, February 11, 2011 8:02 AM
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  • I used QuickResXP to be able to choose a correct resolution.

    The resolution selections offered by windown are completely wrong. I already installed the latest NVidia driver and it didn't help.

    Still it is unknown:

    • Where in registery the latest selected resolution for a specific monitor is saved by windows? This is an undocumented mystery you can't find in Google!!!!
    • Why the resolution selection options offered by windowns is completely off but QuickResXP can find the right rosultion?

     

     

     

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 2:34 PM
  • When your in the display resolution screen, does clicking on the "detect" button change anything, sometimes my laptop wont detect an external display properly and show it as standard VGA display and wont give me all the resolutions possible. clicking on detect fixes it for me.
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:05 PM
  • use this:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg487330.aspx

    to add the resolution settings


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    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:13 PM
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    >>When your in the display resolution screen, does clicking on the "detect" button change anything,

    No

     

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:46 PM
  • Hi,

    My windows 7 gives me wrong options to choose my monitor resolution.

    Is there any way to instruct windows 7 to use an specific resolution that is not part of its “Screen Resolution” options?

    Thank you,

    What is the exact make, model, and series of your monitor?

    What is the exact make, model, and series of your video card/chip?

    How is the monitor connected to the video?


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    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:48 PM
  • check my link
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    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:56 PM
  • Since Max_2010 doesn't want to provide any information to aid in resolving his/her situation I think this is just one of those TROLL posts.

    People that realy want help will respond to requests for more information instead of trying to bluff their way through a fictious problem.


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    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:45 PM
  • Hi Rick,

    I wouldn’t consider this as a TROLL post and this is definitely not a fictitious problem. What would be the benefit and why would I waste time?

     

    I am not an expert, but I have enough knowledge to try reinstalling the driver or try to create a custom resolution using the NVidia driver software. Also I have downloaded the monitor inf files. Many similar techniques didn’t work.

    I found QuickResXP as a workaround to eliminate the wrong resolution and aspect ratio annoyance. My monitor works fine now. However, I like to get to the bottom and root cause to learn something new. Maybe I should have marked QuickResXP as the answer and started a new question to prevent confusion.

     

    There are details that I think they distract more than help, but here are the details you asked:

     

    My PC is a Dell Latitude D830. The Monitor is Acer X223w. We have many of the same laptops and monitor model in the company. The all work together well.

    Dell support replaced my laptop’s motherboard with a new one. So it is the same windows installation on a replacement motherboard. Since MB replacement, this setup works with all Monitors, except the ones that windows had been connected to. All monitors that had been connected to windows before MB replacement now have wrong aspect ratio. The replacement MB has the identical chipset.

    It looks like windows has the monitor settings stored somewhere. Usually it stores these types of information in the registry. Detect monitor button does not solve the issue. I need to clean the old monitor record and ...

    That is why I am so desperate to know where the monitor settings are stored?

    If this is a wrong or irrelevant question, please let me know.

     

    Thank you everyone for help and sorry for the confusion.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:14 PM
  • There are at least eight different keys in the registry for my Acer AL2216W with some of the keys having more than one entry for the model number.  Unfortunately there is not a single area in the registry where the info is written.  I just searched for AL2216W.
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    Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:50 PM
  • To sum up:

    • Many monitors/projectors have been plugged to my laptop. Windows remembers the last selected settings for *most* of those monitors. I can’t list them.
    • Windows 7 mysteriously tracks monitors that had been plugged to PC and remember some settings (at least the last selected resolution)
    • There is no well-known or documented way to list/view the mentioned mysterious monitor tracking settings or list
    • The mysterious windows monitor tracking works well, but if it gets confused, too bad, windows needs to be reinstalled. Obvious techniques such as re-install the monitor or graphic card driver DOES NOT HELP.
    • It would be a great idea for windows 8 (or sysinternals or 3<sup>rd</sup> party tools) to add a feature to allow users list, modify or delete the stored setting for the “mysterious windows monitor tracking”. Please consider this is different than plugged monitor settings

     

    Hope someone from the windows team read this!

    Let’s keep this post “unanswered”

     

    Sunday, March 06, 2011 3:12 PM
  • I am experiancing something maybe similar, it is a horrible "feature" that has left me unable to use 2 laptops on my samsung LCD TV now.  The TV only supports 1 resolution it seems being 720p and reasonably old.  Both laptops worked just fine when duplicating the desktop , but when i asked windows to only display the desktop on the TV when connected via HDMI the TV then said mode not supported, indicating the resolution was wrong.  however it successfully disabled the display on the laptops while connected so i have no way of changing resolution when connected via HDMI.  Windows clearly has some memeory of the TV, as whenever i connect one to the TV it knows to only display on the TV and disable the screen on the laptop, basically leaving me with 2 blank displays. This doesnt happen on any other external display.  Please someone tell me there is some way of accessing this mystery memory and telling windows to duplicate the display again when i connect so i can access my control panel.
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:00 AM
  • Try updating monitor driver here:

    http://support.acer.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=834

     

    dell drivers here:

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=LATITUDE%20D830&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

    reinstalling drivers would be a good first step.


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    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 1:16 AM