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Monitor: Offset display

I have a Dell LCD Monitor that worked fine when I purchased the desktop. A while back I had relocated my workspace and from that point on when I play certain games I have experienced a vertical offset. I tried to figure out what the problem was but just decided to play the games in windowed mode. My favorite multi-player game was not affected by this in the resolution that I prefer to play so it didn't bother me any. Now I have moved down the road taking the monitor with me in the car on a pillow and once plugged in I'm now experiencing an horizontal offset that does affect the game I most prefer to play.

How on earth do I resolve this? I attempted to call Dell, but considering my limited warranty expired 2 mos ago they want to charge me 40 something dollars for something I just know has got to have simple resolution.

Thank you for taking the time and I appreciate any helpful feedback.

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  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    I went into my display settings and it was already set to 60hz :(

    Thank you, but do you by chance have any other suggestions?

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This is caused by sending a video signal to the screen at a refresh rate higher than 60hz. A LCD Doesn't refresh the image by scanning from top to bottom like a traditional CRT or picture tube. They are hard set to 60hz and can not understand anything else. Setting it to anything else will cause it to not display a video signal, picture tearing (little blocks with horizontal movement), Offset video or convergents issues (colors appear offset giving it the 3d movie look with out glasses on)

To fix it you need to go into your operating systems display settings and pick out a LCD monitor with a refresh rate of 60hz

Hope that helps

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