Author Topic: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings  (Read 3212 times)

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Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:52:27 AM »
... and there are only 16:9 monitors on the market. Any ideas?

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 03:57:39 AM »
if you have a 4:3 monitor connected, the 16:9 modes may not appear

for example, when i use the same machine for desktop and TV.....
when the desktop monitor (4:3) connected, the other display modes don't appear in the list
but, i move the cable to the TV set, and they show up (i typically use 1600x900 for TV)
of course, much of this depends on the drivers for the display adapter

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 04:01:56 AM »
Another problem with XP and hardware. All driver software for printers now requires XP SP3. I cannot install XP SP3 on my old system(blows up hanging the system, fortunately I had done a disk image save before trying the SP3 install, so I just did a disk image restore to bring it back to life). I need a new printer for herself, but it will not happen because of drivers.

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 05:10:04 AM »
if you have a 4:3 monitor connected, the 16:9 modes may not appear

Interesting. Will try to test that, thanks :icon14:

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 05:28:38 AM »
only modes that are supported by the monitor, display adapter, and display adapter driver will appear
if a mode isn't supported by any one of those, it won't show up   :P

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 06:18:05 AM »
On my P3/Windows XP SP3/Matrox Millennium G400 system, after my last CRT failed I replaced it with an Asus VN247 LCD monitor (24-inch widescreen). Fortunately, the G400 was a high-end (non-gaming) display adapter in its day, and it supports a 1920x1080 resolution (16:9) that works fine (and at least one other, lower 16:9 resolution, but AFAIK 1920x1080 is the monitor's native resolution).

On my P4/Windows XP SP3 system the failure turned out to be entirely the display adapter, which had two electrolytic capacitors that had vented. Tried to get a replacement AGP adapter but my local dealer did not have one, so I ended up installing a EVGA GeForce 6200 PCI (as in PCI 2.1) adapter, that could also drive the ASUS monitor at its native resolution.
Well Microsoft, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into.

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 06:55:06 AM »
Thank you my friends. Just ordered a 1600x900 moni that hopefully has a driver disk ;-)

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 09:48:59 AM »
JJ,

You normally don't need a driver for flat screens, the OS with XP SP3 will determine what to display based on your video card, 1080 x 1920 is easily supported on XP. Depending on your video card, you should have both a VGA connection and a DVI plug on the video card. Most flat screens work off both and I can not see the difference between them but theoretically the DVI connection should work better. Some of the higher end cards have a HDMI outlet as well.

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Re: Win XP has only 4:3 monitors in Display/settings
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2014, 10:20:05 AM »
And some display adapters support only dual-link DVI, the one in my new system for example, and unless you are satisfied using a VGA connection this will significantly reduce your monitor choices. In my case Fry's had only two, both of them high-end and fairly expensive.
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