Blurred or our of focus text on LCD monitor even in native resolution


R

Rak

Hi There,

I fully understand that these new LCD monitors have a fixed res and to
get the best results you must set your graphics cards to its native
resolution. My Acer 1715 has 1280 x 1024 as its native and I set this
on my SIS 315 graphics card at 60hz and 32mil colours.

However, the text on the screen looks somewhat strange and almost out
of focus. This can really be seen in bold text in outlook 2000 which
looks blockier and . I can't help think it is something to do with the
setting for the graphics card but I have followed all advice I have
found such as getting the latest drivers for the screen and the
grpahics card and setting the res corrctly but still no joy.

Am I going mad. Has my eyesight failed. Or have I missed something.

One thing I did notice is a setting on the card set to CRT rather than
LCD but I can't select LCD. Would this realy make any difference via
the standard SVGA input cable?

Many thanks
Rak
 
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J

J. Clarke

Rak said:
Hi There,

I fully understand that these new LCD monitors have a fixed res and to
get the best results you must set your graphics cards to its native
resolution. My Acer 1715 has 1280 x 1024 as its native and I set this
on my SIS 315 graphics card at 60hz and 32mil colours.

However, the text on the screen looks somewhat strange and almost out
of focus. This can really be seen in bold text in outlook 2000 which
looks blockier and . I can't help think it is something to do with the
setting for the graphics card but I have followed all advice I have
found such as getting the latest drivers for the screen and the
grpahics card and setting the res corrctly but still no joy.

Am I going mad. Has my eyesight failed. Or have I missed something.

One thing I did notice is a setting on the card set to CRT rather than
LCD but I can't select LCD. Would this realy make any difference via
the standard SVGA input cable?
If you're using the analog output and the board is not giving a clean
signal, that will cause behavior as you observe.

It's possible that the timings are a little off--if that board is supported
by Powerstrip <www.entechtaiwan.net/util/ps.shtm> or if there is a similar
utility from the board or chip manufacturer then you may be able to correct
the problem by tweaking the timing.

If you're working in Outlook 2000 then I presume you're either in Win2K or
XP. If so, in the video settings (I forget exactly where but you should be
able to drill down to it from the context menu you get when you right click
on an empty space on the desktop) you will find several settings that
adjust the appearance of text to "look better" on particular types of
monitor--sometimes those settings make things worse instead of better and
can also produce symptoms such as you describe.
 
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N

Not Gimpy Anymore

Rak said:
Hi There,

I fully understand that these new LCD monitors have a fixed res and to
get the best results you must set your graphics cards to its native
resolution. My Acer 1715 has 1280 x 1024 as its native and I set this
on my SIS 315 graphics card at 60hz and 32mil colours.

However, the text on the screen looks somewhat strange and almost out
of focus. This can really be seen in bold text in outlook 2000 which
looks blockier and . I can't help think it is something to do with the
setting for the graphics card but I have followed all advice I have
found such as getting the latest drivers for the screen and the
grpahics card and setting the res corrctly but still no joy.

Am I going mad. Has my eyesight failed. Or have I missed something.

One thing I did notice is a setting on the card set to CRT rather than
LCD but I can't select LCD. Would this realy make any difference via
the standard SVGA input cable?

Many thanks
Rak
Did you run "Autoadjust" (AKA Auto) on the monitor? That should
optimize the PLL for clock recovery & the image should clear up.
On some monitors the "auto" button is a hot button, marked on the
button or bezel - on others you need to activate the OSD to find it.
You also may want to do a "factory reset" to assure any residual
junk in the monitors NVRAM is flushed out, then do an "auto" again.

HTH,
NGA
 

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