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Dell 2007 FPW Monitor Distortion

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I just received a Dell 2007 FPW monitor. Really like everything about the monitor except for the resolution. Optimal res is 1680 x 1050. Any resolution below this distorts the display. i.e. circles display oval, photos distorted short and wide. The lower the resolution the more the distortion. 1680 x 1050 displays are perfect. The problem I have that text size is too small especially on the net. On many websites, the text is almost too small to read. This is my first lcd. All my previous monitors were flat crt. I could lower the res to get large text without distorting the display. What am I missing? My computer is a Dell 8250 with a GeForce4 MX420 video card.
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LCD's should allways be run in the highest resolution they support, in your case 1680x1050. Everything else distorts, this is by design because the display has a certain number of pixels that display this resolution exactly. If the text or icons are too small for you to read, you should change other settings on your PC, like select a larger font etc.

Depending on the OS you are using these settings have to be adjusted in different places, like for XP right click an empty desktop space, select properties, then the advanced tab. Now in the General tab use another DPI setting (96 is standard).

Also within the "Appearance" Tab click on "effects", and then you can select "Use Large Icons".

When browsing with firefox, you can use ctrl++ to increase the font size....
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I did change the dpi setting to 150% and it helped a bunch but then the text is not as crisp and clear - looks jagged.
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In the 2nd part with the "Effects" button, you can finetune, like smoth edges of screen fonts etc.
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Thanks, made a lot of difference. There are still websites that the print is too small to read but that is just the website design. Not anything we can do about that.
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your welcome
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