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Unable to have 1280x768 full screen with DVI cable


I have a problem with my new ViewSonic VG2030wm monitor, connected to the docking station of a HP Compaq nc6220 (Video: Intel 915GM/GMS, 910 GML Express Chipset). The monitor and graphic card drivers are updated.

The max resolution of this monitor is 1680x1050 but I dislike using the monitor with this resolution, even with large fonts.

My "ideal" resolution would be 1280x768, which respects the ratio.

I first connected the monitor to the VGA port. The image in 1280x768 was ok (it filled all the screen) but there was some interference: some light horizontal bars were moving on the screen, mostly visible on bright colors. Very annoying.

No I have switched from VGA to DVI, the image quality is perfect BUT the 1280x768 cannot fill the screen anymore. The is a large 1" black line at the top and bottom of the screen, the image is shrinked so it is completely visible but the proportions are not right.

And with the DVI signal, it is impossible to play with the "Auto image adjust" or graphic card settings, everything is fixed in place.

Is there a way to have 1280x768 on DVI with this monitor?

Thank you very much for your help!


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Use the menu button on the monitor itself to adjust for the screen size in DVI mode.


On your SVGA adapter, go to your display properties (right click on desktop) click ADVANCED and change the refresh rate to fix the first problem mentioned.



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Okay. Thanks for the info too...

I looked at the user's guide for this laptop and see exactly what you're saying.
I found it here:

So, the laptop comes with a DVI to VGA adapter because the only port on this system that will allow you to connect an external display is one that connects to a DVI port (in short, you don't have a VGA port).

moz-screenshot-3.jpgmoz-screenshot-4.jpgOkay, you have a couple of options here:

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