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For a solid week I tweeked and tweeked the settings on my new flat panel monitor to get my web pages to render the way they did on my old fat monitor. I even spent 150.00 on an updated graphics card (well, it has the tv tuner in it too) - anyways, bottom line is this:

Flat panels display differently than regular monitors do and you are NOT going to get as crisp of a rendering in your web pages and such as you do with the monitor. Something I did to make it look a little better was to turn on clear type font

With Windows XP, ClearType delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved.

Click Here to find out how to turn on clear type font for your system

There's something quirky about the XP operating system so if you turn on this type of font it is an improvement.

that's all folks!
 

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Could have told you that before you spent all that money
 

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QUOTE(hammer @ May 9 2004, 08:02 PM)Could have told you that before you spent all that money

well you'd think the LCD since it's the newest technology would be the best - and it's slick as hell looking - but still doesn't render as good as ole betsy

whattya gonna do, ay?


I'll eventually get used to it
 

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QUOTE(INSTIGATOR @ May 9 2004, 10:13 PM)It really cleared up my laptop screen!
If you just did this now bc of my post I'm glad it helped!

It made a big improvement with mine
 

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QUOTE(Shandog @ May 9 2004, 11:11 PM)QUOTE(INSTIGATOR @ May 9 2004, 10:13 PM) It really cleared up my laptop screen!
If you just did this now bc of my post I'm glad it helped!

It made a big improvement with mine
Thank you!
 

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QUOTE(Shandog @ May 9 2004, 11:11 PM)QUOTE(INSTIGATOR @ May 9 2004, 10:13 PM) It really cleared up my laptop screen!
If you just did this now bc of my post I'm glad it helped!

It made a big improvement with mine
Wow..I just did it, too - big difference.
 

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Shandog,

The LCD is built to display a certain fixed resolution, say 1024 x 768 pixels.

If you have your screen settings within windows set to display a different resolution, say 800x600, then the image will suffer.

The video card has to interpolate the image across the fixed resolution and this can introduce aliasing errors, primarily a blurred image.

To obtain the best, sharpest image, you need to set your display settings to match the fixed resolution of the LCD monitor.

Once it's set properly, there is no reason why the image shouldn't be crisp and clear.
 

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1024 x 768 is the res I use

how do I find out what the fixed resolution of my monitor is?

thanks for the input too


happy the clear type info is helping you laptoppers/lcd'ers


MONGO - I looked at so many [email protected] computers when I was shopping they all looked the same in the store. Back at home, in the real world when I'm using my programs and creating graphics and web pages - YUCK <_< Do you have a lcd w/xp? If you did I know it would drive you crazy being a visually oriented professional. If not, feel free to come over and trouble shoot this bc it's driving me nutz
Will provide the beer! LOL
 

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I agree that the flat panels are as crisp as a tube. At work I use a 20" set at 1600 x 1200. But, I wouldn't trade back for the tube just because of the extra room you get.

If you really want the next generation of monitors there is a company is Australia that is making two flat panels spaced 7 mm apart. They called it real windows but got some nasty messages from Microsofts lawyers.

You actually see the material on both the front and back monitors at the same time. It is now going into some military fighters as it saves space and keeps you focused at a single spot.

Have the info at work, but it is called deep vision. In a few years it will be the normal.
 

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The monitor manual should have the native or default resolution printed somewhere. Just browse through it. It will probably give you some more info as well.
 

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Just wanted to let you know this made my picture better~Thanks for the tip. Too bad my other systems don't have XP cuz this is cool.
 

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WOW COOL THANKS SHANDOG ,,,!!!
 

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Also make sure that the driver you use is the one that came with the flat panel an not the one supplied with WinXP, the .inf file on the oem disk will be better optimized as per the flat panel manufacturers specs at different resolutions and refresh rates.
 

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Well alright! Happy to help you guys out


Merlin - say wha?!?! Send me a detailed email while your sailing the seas and sick of staring at the h20 si vous plais. Grazie!
 

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He's saying to use the driver that came with the monitor, not the one on the windows xp cd. In other words, your monitor should have came with a cd or disk with the .inf file and drivers on it.
 

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I got the floor model - that's why it was such a good deal but unfortunately it didn't come w/any disks or cd's
 

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First off you have a new name: Shangod!
I typed your user-name to do a search and see if you had listed the brand of your monitor and realized what I had typed, hehe.

Ask them where you bought it if they have the little package of goods that they should have had someplace in the store. Or try the manufacturer....I would imagine it would still be under warranty and they could send you the directions/cd's and other stuff that it should have had to start with. They would have saved you a lot of time to begin with.

Can't live w/o our computers but they'll drive us to drinkin'
 
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