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Oblong pictures I have just bought this monitor. Photo images are stretched across the horizontal axis making every one look like they have gained 20 lbs. I am using a dellPC with XP Home edition. I have reset the resolution and switched to larger founts which has helped the text resolution dramatically but not the pictures.

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Re: oblong pictures

The issue here is that you have a low resolution picture and a high resolution display. Windows is "stretching" the smaller, low resolution picture so that it will fit across the larger area, thus distorting it. Right click on the desktop and select properties. Go to the Desktop tab. There should be an item there for position. Is it set to Stretch? If it is, then this is causing the problem. Set it to center, and it should appear fine. If you want to keep this from happening: 1) User higher resolution pictures. 2) Turn down the resolution on your screen (this can be done from the Settings tab of display properties).

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