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27 January 2009 @ 06:14 pm
So Many Choices  
So the monitor my brother got for came in and I swear, there are so many options that I can't figure out what the heck I'm doing. I think I finally have the colour/brightness the way I want it, but text looks crappy. Though I noticed the same thing on the flat panel I got at work a few months back. I guess I'll get used to it.
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fkastriderfkastrider on January 28th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
It may be that your video card can't handle the video depth you are asking of it with the new monitor.

Try backing off on the video size (1600x1200 or wahtever) and see what happens.
Ithithildyn on January 28th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I've been through all of them. None of them look 'right', but I'll get used to it. Eventually :)P
fkastrider: 090125fkastrider on January 28th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
What is the refresh rate on the screen.

My left display (analog) is 1280x1024 at 60Hz while my right display (digital) is 1280x1024 75Hz (here the display says that 60Hz is optimal).

Sometime the higher refresh rates makes the display appear to act up under fluorescent lights. Since you are at home I would not expect that to be a problem.

What is your current screen settings? I would assume that you have the color depth set to 32-bit, but check under the Display Properties, Settings tab, Advanced button and see if your display screen resolution is set too high/low. That is one area under Windows where you can adjust how text appears. Please check it out.
Ithithildyn on January 28th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
My brother is taking care of it all for me, so I'm sure it will all be cool soonish :)
fkastrider: 090125fkastrider on January 28th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will be.

The Display Properties/Settings tab/Advanced button/General tab is one of those hidden adjustment things MS has for displays. It even gives you visual feedback on your changes.

By the way, a lot of people at work were quite surprised by my loss of facial hair.
Ithithildyn on January 28th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I bet they were!
Queen of Sassgardstarhawk2005 on January 28th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
You get used to it. I bought a flat-screen widescreen monitor half a year ago, and the text looked very 'weedy' at first....just make the text a little larger then you usually read, and you should be habituated in no time.
Ithithildyn on January 28th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's definitely different. Even my icons slightly widescreen now.
Queen of Sassgard: kelisiconstarhawk2005 on January 30th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
*grins* You get used to that, too.
dejladejla on January 28th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
New monitors frequently are not fun. Of course, as far as computers go, there is one sure rule.

A computer is only fast enough the first time you turn it on. The second time you turn it on, it's too slow.

Hmmm. It's possible that men might be under the same rule...
Ithithildyn on January 28th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
It all used to be much simpler!
Perri Nelsonperrinelson on January 28th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Cleartype
Instead of trying larger text, you should probably look into using the ClearType tuning wizard in Windows. Nearly all of the newer flat panel monitors being sold now use LCD technology. LCD pixels are a fixed size, and don't "blend" well with their neighbors like phosphor-based pixels do. ClearType renders fonts differently, adjusting the color of border pixels to give a smoother rendering of on screen text.

Try this article from Microsoft for instructions on setting up ClearType. http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/step1.aspx


Ithithildyn on January 28th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Cleartype
Thanks, I'll check it out :)