screen resolution

  pookie 20:32 22 Feb 2004

hi - i have a 17 inch monitor which i run at 1024x768. I find anything bigger eg 1280x1024 is too small and hard on eye. can i run desktop at 1024x768 but games at 1280x1024 or would this damage the monitor ie running games at a larger resolution than the desktop is set for. i've checked and my monitor will run high resolutions and refresh rates.

many thanks


  Djohn 20:52 22 Feb 2004

Hi pookie, No harm whatsoever. If you set your graphic card to "Optimal" rather than a fixed resolution it will change automatically for you to suite each situation. j.

  pookie 21:41 22 Feb 2004

hi and thanks for reply - me being completely thick here - where do i set it to optimal? the only optimal i can see in graphic card options are for optimal performance or optimal quality (ati 9700pro)


  Paranoid Android 22:14 22 Feb 2004

Not all monitors have an Optimal setting, it depends what driver you are using. If you have one it will be in Display Properties - Settings - Advanced - Monitor. All this does is sets the refresh rate, not the actual screen size. As long as you are over 70 Hz you should be fine.


  pookie 09:12 23 Feb 2004

many thanks


  Djohn 13:34 23 Feb 2004

Hi pookie. Paranoid Android is of course correct. I've been working with a TFT and forgot that important bit.

Setting your graphic card to optimal will look after your refresh rate for you automatically.

To set your resolution [So that the game fits the screen].

Once you have loaded your game adjust the display to suite and when you go back to your windows program it will re-adjust itself to your current settings. From then on you can switch between windows and your games without having to manually make any changes to your display. j.

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