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New Widescreen Monitor
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* June 25, 2009, 11:39:06 AM
My Sony GPD-G400 finally bottomed out after eight years so now I have a nice LG W2253QT and I need to get the resolution situation fixed.  I managed to get the circles to look like circles by changing the resolution from 1024X768 to 1280x768.  I would like to have the highest resolution the monitor can supply, 1920x1080 but I run into trouble with font sizes.  I can change some of the font sizes in Windows XP Display Properties and the cursor size as well but not always.  If anyone has experience with monitor resolution adjustments post a link.  In the meantime, I'll follow up on the Microsoft Windows XP website and various Google searches as well.  And, no, I didn't break the Sony monitor just to get a new one.  :-)

John B.

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* June 25, 2009, 11:59:43 AM
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"Display" in XP should give you a list of sizes to choose from with the "Screen Resolution" slider. Since your monitor has a 16×9 Aspect Ratio, you probably will go from :

1920×1080
1600×900
1280×720
1024×576

Hope this helps,
John R.



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* June 25, 2009, 01:25:41 PM
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I have my resolution now set at 1280x768 and everything can work for me but if I wanted to bump it up to 1920x1080 then I have problems with fonts and icon sizes and I have to monkey around with various settings.  For instance, the toolbars and drop down menus a difficult to see because they are too small or they are not sharp.  My circles look round at both 1280x768 and 1920x1080.

Thanks,

John B.

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* June 25, 2009, 01:38:22 PM
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re: I have my resolution now set at 1280x768 and everything can work for me

The 1280×768 resolution isn't in the 16×9 ratio that your monitor is built for. It's close, but I'm sure your circles aren't really round. IMO, at a 1280 width, you should be using a 720 height, not 768.

John R.


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June 25, 2009, 02:35:57 PM
#4
John B,

The native resolution of your monitor is 1920×1080. Any other setting is wrong. If the icons are too small, use large ones. Text shouldn't be a problem as your monitor is 102 PPI. Did you mess with them? My bottle monitor is set to 120 PPI and I can read text just fine. Your LCD should be much sharper with characters 20% bigger than mine.

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* June 25, 2009, 06:08:35 PM
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I can change much in Display Properties but I forgot where to enlarge my cursor.  Also, the fonts in the message boxes are still too small but I'll keep working until I get it right.

Thanks,

John B.

Edit;  P.S.  I found the cursor enlarger.

Edit again:  I'm getting there with View/Zoom/Crtl+ and I have a note sent to Microsoft Feedback so I'll have my system looking good soon.  It sure is complicated!
« Last Edit: June 25, 2009, 09:57:54 PM by John B. »

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June 26, 2009, 08:32:39 AM
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I have my viewsonic 26" set to 1920x1200 as per factory specs.  In v15, I set the Tools/UI theme to v11, not v15.  This, for some odd reason that only the software Gods know (or Dave) ;D, will give you an in between size for your buttons.  In xp Home ed, go to Control panel/display properties/settings/general/PPI settings:  I have the dpi set to 115 dpi or 120% of normal.  This works for me, but then my glasses are as thick as coke bottles.  You can adjust as needed.

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* June 26, 2009, 10:27:34 AM
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I've never owned v11 as I am running v12.5 but I can find the large icon switch.  Much of my problem now revolves around changing font sizes on websites and the size of splash screens and message boxes.  I can hardly read the information inside them.  I also learned, after all these years, that I can hold down the Ctrl key and twirl the mouse wheel to increase and decrease the font sizes.  I like my LG but there are adjustments to Windows XP to make that I've never dreamed of.  I'm not as savvy as I should be.

John B.

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* June 26, 2009, 11:12:02 AM
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I've never owned v11 as I am running v12.5 but I can find the large icon switch. 

Go to "Tools / Customize".
On the Options page there is an option for "Large Icons".

If you go to "Tools / UI Themes"
You can switch to the old V11 interface.
Many users find this easier to work with.
In the V11UI, goto "Options / Toolbars and Menu"
Look for the "Large Button" checkbox.

John R.


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* June 26, 2009, 12:55:19 PM
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I think I'll stick with UI v12.5 for now.  I can make large icons with it.  I'm amazed with all the changes that one can make in the Display Properties.  I also need a course in keyboard-keystrokes.

John B.

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* July 01, 2009, 01:27:49 PM
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I just found out that my computer is running Windows XP Pro 32-Bit Edition and my processor is an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3400+. Shouldn't my Windows XP Pro be a XP Pro x64 Edition? Would that make any difference?

John B.

Edit--I just looked it and the answer is no.  I'm ok with my system.

 
« Last Edit: July 01, 2009, 01:41:37 PM by John B. »

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July 01, 2009, 03:47:33 PM
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I was running vista 64 and went back to xp 32 bit on a new Intel I7 quad core.  I don't think it will make any difference other than how your computer performs.  I didn't see much difference between the two, in fact, I believe that TC runs faster and better in xp 32.  Not sure about AMD.  TC will run in both, but make sure other software will before you buy.

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* July 01, 2009, 05:51:53 PM
#12
Here's the drill!  After all my monkeying around with searches and changes I went to a 1280x720 resolution and so far I can read the writing in the boxes just fine.  The boxes are larger and I can adjust the font sizes accordingly.  So far so good.  I thought that the 1920x1080 resolution would be best but now I still get full screen on everything and TurboCad looks familiar again.  The higher resolution made things look too small.  Now I'm happy again.

John B.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2009, 10:25:00 PM by John B. »

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* July 03, 2009, 11:46:13 PM
#13
Hi!

I understand your pain, as I also bought a new monitor (20 inch one, LG W2052TQ, an earlier model)
I hate the way the screen resolution changes the final output of any image or text.
As I hate screen lag (I am the gamer type) and also the viewable angle of it.
But it seems that 99% of populations prefer lightweight and flat screens.

If anyone wants to calibrate / characterize their monitor , you can use the following address :
http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

Winston, I agree with your point on using any other resolution other than the native one for the LCD monitor.
But in a year or so I believe I will have to get my glasses reinforced accordingly to my view loss.
The text appears so small for a 20 in screen  :(

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* July 04, 2009, 10:58:40 AM
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I took a look at the website and fooled around with it for a while and I now am trying to get back to where I had it.  They suggested I use 1024x768 resolution but then I don't get round circles and 1920x1280 makes the smaller letters.  It said I need a 16:10 ratio but how do I get that?  I'll get things back to where I like it as the Lasik  I had done only makes matters worse.

Thanks for the input.

John B.

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* July 04, 2009, 09:41:26 PM
#15
I believe your monitor uses a 16:9 ratio, not 16:10.

1920
÷ 16
120
× 9
1080

1024
÷ 16
64
× 9
576

Native Resolution@1920×1080 —vs— 1024×576

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* July 05, 2009, 01:10:55 PM
#16
I don't understand what the purpose of a higher resolution is when I'd have to change the way I look at the screen and everything I put on it.  My tv card looks good with digital/high definition off air reception.  My video card allows me to scale image to full panel size.  Next, I'll play with color temperature.  There are some settings that make the monitor look great then at other times I just want to hit all the defaults buttons and be done with it.  Dumb computer!

John B.
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* July 08, 2009, 03:49:56 PM
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I just got a 1920 x 1080 lcd 23". With a standard vga cable I had to set it to 1360 x 768 to have squares look like squares. If I set it to native, then all applications at maximized were much larger than the view size. I would have to bump the cursor to the edge of the screen to see that edge of the application. Then, I hooked it up via dvi cable and now it works fine at 1920 x 1080 (assuming crisp fast motion is not needed). I am quite happy now. The biggest reason I went to lcd is because I have a outside window behind me that gave bad reflections on the crt.

Kent

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* July 08, 2009, 08:42:08 PM
#18
My monitors came with Display Port cables. Just plug 'em in like a USB cable. They're self-locking, so there's no need to screw anything down. It made hooking up a breeze; true plug-n-play.

When the wife steals one to use on her laptop, then I break out the Blue analog cable.


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* July 08, 2009, 09:44:50 PM
#19
Don't you guys confuse me.  I'll gladly trade my resolution for faster rather than the native because I couldn't get it to work.  Display Port cables?  Did I buy my monitor too soon?

John B.
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* July 10, 2009, 01:03:25 PM
#20
I did a Google search on refresh rates to make sure I had it right-I didn't-so I set it to 60Hz where it belongs.  In the meantime I read more on the screen resolution and the message is, as was told right here on the forum, native resolution is the best.  So I've been spending my afternoon reworking my fonts after I switched to 1920x1080.  I opened up a few of my other programs and most are large enough to see.  I'm not going to worry anymore over just a few splash screens that aren't large enough.  I want to get all out of my monitor that I can.

Thanks for all the help,

John B.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2009, 02:45:55 PM by John B. »

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* July 12, 2009, 07:15:06 AM
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For LCD native resolution is the best with lower resolutions some what fuzzy.

There is an option in XP folder system>display>effects to smooth pixels (selection>clear fonts), but I let it set at standard.

On my Westinghouse 24" 1920 x 1200 I set display up using XP classic, and normal font size.  Although fonts are not large I seem to be able to read them OK on TC11.2 pro.   The Westinghouse I got a deal at $275 and liked it well enough to get a 2nd for other computer.

Would like to ask any on forum if any one has experience using a large 32" to 37" dual purpose 1920 x 1080 LCD, such as Vizio ?

The general area (32/24)^2 = 1.77 times larger and would make the display pitch much larger, but the appearance to the eye maybe less noticeable on larger screens (sitting further back).

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* July 12, 2009, 09:25:40 AM
#22
I just made the change to Clear Type but I can't see the difference yet, might take a while.  Making changes in Displays/Properties has been a tough task to say the least.  For example, when I change font size in Menu, the same size is set in Selected Items.  Then there are other places to change fonts, icons and colors.  I think I finally got it right this time (see Ruler Number Size).  Otherwise, I'm satisfied with my LG for under $200.00 delivered.

John B.

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