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I have an Initial DTV-172 television. I am trying to use it as an external monitor, but the screen resolution is wrong.

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  • exploto Jun 30, 2009

    Hey sory, I meant to include more information, but I didn't, long story. Anyhow, display properties only lets me choose between a screen resolution of 800X600 and
    1024X768, while the screen ratio is 16:9 and HD. I'm not sure exactly
    what the resolution should be, but 1024X768 does show an image on the
    screen, just stretched out (which I don't like.)

  • exploto Jun 30, 2009

    Here's the confusing thing though. With my primary monitor (the one that is
    part of my laptop) I can choose between five screen resolutions,
    including 1280 X 720, which would be very nice if I could use the same
    screen resolution on the external monitor. However, again, for the
    external monitor it only lets me choose between two sizes, 800 x 600
    and 1024 x 768. Does this make sense? I think my video card is a Mobile Intel(R) 954GM Express Chipset Family... if that makes sense also.

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Are you trying to use it as an external monitor for the computer? You need to check the native resolution of your DTV-172 and what resolution it could support.

After checking the supported resolution of your DTV, check the Display Properties of your computer and set the resolution to the required range of the DTV and you should have a good display.

If you are getting another error message on the screen, please let me know.

Have a great day!

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

  • Melvin Ramos
    Melvin Ramos Jun 30, 2009

    That is right, 1024x768 is the basic screen resolution for computers. But most newly released external monitors requires a higher resolution to compress the pixels and gives you a better display.

    Since you mentioned that you could set it up to 1024x768, it's just that the display is stretched, meaning, your DTV is requiring a higher resolution. The video card and your DTV have two different native resolutions. The 1024x768 could be the lowest resolution that your DTV could support.

    There are two things that you may try:

    1. Try using different external monitor that could support 1024x768.

    2. Replace your video card with a new one that could support higher resolution. Like 1920x1200.

    Have a good day!


  • Melvin Ramos
    Melvin Ramos Jun 30, 2009

    By default, laptop's LCD has it's own resolutions to select that is programmed to the computer itself. The laptop's LCD is connected to the on-board video card and you are trying to connect an external monitor in to a separated video card.

    On-board video card and regular video card could provide different sets of screen resolution. Again, if the on-board video card could provide you several screen resolutions, that doesn't mean that the video card (Intel R) could also provide you the same options. If the Intel R cold provide you 1024 x 768, that will be the highest resolution that you will get.

    So, the only options that you have is to use different monitor that could support 1024x768 or verify the highest resolution that your video card could support.

    Sorry for the info that I gave you, but that's how the video card resolution works.


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