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Distorted digital photos

When I try to display digital photos, they are distorted in a sense that it makes objects and people look slightly shorter and wider.

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  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    I need to update driver but i lost the disk

  • Manish Kumar Jun 20, 2008

    I guess, my computer (display properties) does not support the 1440 x 900 settings. How do I change that? Please help, I am using Mercury Motherboard which has built in display card..


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Most likely the resolution of your desktop has and aspect ratio that in incorrect for your monitor. The native resolution of that monitor if 1440x900. Use the Windows (if using windows) desktop properties to set the desktop resolution to 1440x900.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

  • Pavel Jun 25, 2008

    If your "Desktop" "Properties" "Settings" does not offer the desired resolution that you KNOW your monitor can support, you can do any one of the following:
    Use the control panel for your video card to force the resolution of your desktop to the desired one. Not all video cards have a control panel for this.
    Install a 3rd party tool such as PowerStrip (Free Trial) to change the resolution.
    Install the driver for your monitor. Here is a link
    Change the .inf file for default Windows monitor to allow that resolution (Not recommended unless you know this well).
    If you've recently changed to a widescreen monitor, you can try to remove the monitor and video drivers and reinstall. That often works. Don't do it if you don't have the video drivers or aren't sure how to do it.

    Monitors in Windows do not actually use "drivers" the way other hardware does. The video card controls the monitor. The monitor driver file adds a device replacing the "Default" or "Plug and Play" monitor with its own .inf file with the available resolutions and refresh rates.

    Another bit of information: Not all video chipsets support all resolutions. The VESA "standard" of display resolutions were pretty much abandoned a long time ago, so these days, it's everyone for him/herself. But the great thing is, modern monitors and modern video cards support so many resolutions and refresh rates, that you are bound to find a combination that you like.


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I don't know what system you have your monitor connected to, but most of the older video cards don't support 1440 by 990 resolution and you would not be able to produce a good sharp image with older cards either. You can play with the settings on your video card to find the most acceptable resolution, but you might need a better and newer video card.

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