How to display Windows on a widescreen 16x9 LCD monitor?
Posted on 2004-08-01
Hi -- I have a Sceptre x7TV 17" widescreen lcd monitor/tv. I use this with both my Dell Dimension XPS 450T desktop (with nvideo Riva TNT adapter) and my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop (with ATI Mobility M4 adapter). (I switch back and forth with a KVM switch).
I cannot figure out how to use the 16x9 capabilities of this widescreen monitor for the computer -- only for the TV where it works fine. The highest resolution, on both the desktop and laptop, is 1024x768. There's no option for anything with a 16:9 ratio -- I've read that 1280x768 would be best but I don't have that option.
I can stretch the image but that's not what I want. What I see on the screen is a standard 4:3 image, about the size of a 14" monitor, with black bands on both sides. Thus I'm wasting about 1/3 of the available screen area -- hardly what I had in mind when I purchased a widescreen monitor.
Can anyone help? Thanks so much!