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Your screen resolution is not correct for the monitor. On Win XP just right click anywhere on screen background, and choose properties from the pop up men. In the tabbed window that opens choose the "settings" tab where you'll see a slider bar for "resolution". Try different levels till you find one you like, where round object appear round and not oval. In Vista or Win 7 when you right click the background, choose "personalize" and locate the resolution settings there.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

  • Narseman Nov 10, 2010

    It's also possible you don't have the correct driver for the monitor, though usually newer dells will do this automatically. Monitor should have come with a driver disk, else you can definitely download the right one from dell.com

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