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Getting 4:3 aspect ratio

I have a Samsung SyncMaster 2032 NW. My PC is a Dell Optiplex 8300, using Pentium 4 chip and Windows XP, SP2.

All my monitor will show is 16:9, so everything is stretched and squashed. I have downloaded a driver from Samsung, but no change. All I want is to be able to look at the Desktop, images and applications in their native 4:3 aspect ratio, with the black bars on either side of the image.

Have you any suggestions?

Rich B

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  • Richb46 May 15, 2008

    Would this problem be solved with a newer/different video card? I downloaded the NVIDIA control page software, but it does not include the aspect ratio part, perhaps because it recognizes that my video card is of the older 5000 series.

  • Richb46 May 15, 2008

    The monitor was just purchased 2 months ago. What would I claim on a warranty claim?

  • Richb46 May 15, 2008

    Very informative.
    My graphics card is an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200. I will check the Dell website, though I did download the current driver for the NVIDIA card two nights ago, and there was no change and no obvious way to make a change.

    Would you go ahead and suggest a video card upgrade, so I have that information in my back pocket?

    Thanks!

  • Richb46 May 15, 2008

    So, is the problem that I am using analog output to my monitor? Would my PC have the capacity to provide digital output to the monitor. The monitor itself does allow for digital input.

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Right click on the screen go to properties then setting change the screen resolution to 1,024x768 pixels you will get an aspect ratio of 4:3-you'll see black bands at the top and bottom of the screen. This may be acceptable for many applications, when working with graphics, it may be difficult to evaluate the image. To restore order, switch the full-screen option off before doing any serious graphics work.

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The scaller circuitry in LCD monitors are not designed to display anything in 4:3 like a 16:9 TV will do, they are designed to fill the entire width of the screen. If you select a widescreen resolution in your display properties then your pixels will be square and images will not look stretched. The optimal resolution for your screen is 1680X1050. If you find that too stretched then you can pick something like 1280X768 but the image quality will not be optimal.

There is a chance that the video card in your Dimension 8300 is not compatible with widescreen resolutions. Determine the type by looking under graphics adapters in device manager then update the driver from Dell's website if you don't get any widescreen resolution in display properties.

If any of this sounds like giberish to you then just get me the type of video card in your system and I can help you determine if you are capable of widescreen.

If by chance your computer cannot display widescreen then I can point you to which video card upgrade would work.

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    Dean Joly May 15, 2008

    The only aspect ratio settings I have seen in the driver or video control panel will accomodate 16:10 resolution by adding the horizontal bars at the top and bottom, but any non-widescreen (4:3) resolution is always stretched to fit the screen.



    Since your monitor (not sure about the computer) uses an analog (15 pin VGA cable), and not DVI, the monitor is exactly that, a monitor, it does not manipulate the image at all. Monitors are not like TVs.

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    Dean Joly May 15, 2008

    There is nothing wrong with your monitor or your computer, a 4:3 image is not usually possible on a 16:9 monitor.

  • Dean Joly
    Dean Joly May 15, 2008

    According to the user manual found here: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/downlo... that monitor only has the vga (RGB IN) input and no DVI so you are stuck using the anolog connection.



    Did you check in your graphics properties control panel for 1680 X 1050? Since you have the latest available driver straight from nVidia there is nothing better that Dell can offer you.



    I'm going to try to find out if the FX 5200 supports widescreen.

  • Dean Joly
    Dean Joly May 15, 2008

    After searching on google for FX5200 widescreen I see that no one seems to be able to get a proper widescreen resolution from that card.



    You computer uses AGP for it's video card connection. If you don't game get something like the Radeon X1300 or X1550 in Agp or Geforce 7300GT or 7600GS in AGP don't spend more than $70. If you want to play games ATI has recently released the 3850 in AGP for about $180. The key word here is AGP, don't get any card that is PCI-Express.



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Some connections inside will not be proper i think check for that.And i think that your monitor is an old one and it is going to reach its life end so if warranty is there claim for that

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    balachander megavarnam May 15, 2008

    first check whether the video card you have downloaded suits your computer and then proceed

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    balachander megavarnam May 15, 2008

    in desktop right click and in that go to properties ->settings and in settings change the screen resolution it may help

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Hi,

Do one thing just try openieng up the graphic properties of your graphic card and then change the ration to 4:3.

Goodluck..

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  • Priya darshan May 15, 2008

    And one more thing.if it is possible for you to go to the control panel then just uninstall that graphics drvier and shut down your PC and then if your having an external graphic card then just remove it from the slot and reattach it.If you have an internal one then just restart your PC once you uninstall..This will fix it..

  • Priya darshan May 15, 2008

    Please let me know if you need anymore help

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Off the monitor for few hours and use it
tell me what happens then

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  • dewan nafees ahmed May 15, 2008

    i dont think its vedio card.

    first of all goto setting(video) of ur OS and try to change to aspect ratios.

    it must be with in ur reach surely.

    if u r nt able to do it means apply to default settings.




  • dewan nafees ahmed May 15, 2008

    if u r nt able to clear with this then please post reply.
    i wil give some other fix.


  • dewan nafees ahmed May 15, 2008

    ya u can happily claim that for a warranty.

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