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Poor Resolution on Monitor 2

I have Dell Optiplex 170L running XP Pro, a Geforce 5200 Card and 2 x Dell S2209W 22" Monitors.
The screen resolution on Monitor 1 is just great but the resolution on Monitor 2 is rubbish, all Windows appear stretched widthways so circles look like ovals. Both Monitor 1 & 2 are set up exactly the same on the highest resolution and all other settings are identical.
Monitor 1 is plugged into the VGA port and Monitor 2 is plugged in the DVi port.
HELP!!!

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  • glyndelacy Feb 21, 2009

    Before I make the changes to the registry, is it possible that the Geforce 5200 cannot support 2 monitors with 1920 x 1080 resolution?

    If that is the case, should I install a second 5200 card so there will be one card for each monitor?

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What u can do is.... 1) Backup your Registry first

2) go to Regedit....Start>Run>Regedit
(this is assuming u have latest Nvidia driver's installed)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/NVIDIA Corp/Global
In global. Make a new KEY called NVTWEAK
In this key, make a new DWORD value called Coolbits now, change the value of coolbits to 3.
Now when you do into Settings for GFX and advanced settings....you will notice a CLOCK SPEED/FREQUENCY tab. Change them.....go up like 20mhz....or 30 or 50...too high will screw ur card...too low isn't worth the trouble.
So, slowly go up little by little until you notice s--- on ur screen that's dodgy..then just fall back behind that Freq.
Also....another fan taking heat AWAY from the GFX card wouldn't do any harm either.

Don't forget to rate this solution.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

  • Greg Caudle Feb 24, 2009

    Will, you could install another card, but this card is designed to handle two at the resolutions that are selectable.



    Remember, if you do chose to modify the registry, back it up to an external source.



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