Solved

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 does not display native resolution

Posted on 2008-10-11
8
2,743 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
Hi all,

I've been struggling getting my second monitor to display correctly.

This is my setup:
Windows XP SP3
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200
2x HP w2207 Widescreen monitor, number 1 connected analog, number 2 connected DVI

Number 1 is displaying correctly.
Number 2's display is very blurry and the desktop seems to be larger than the display.

I set the NVIDIA driver (Forceware version 175.19) to the native resolution of 1680x1050 for both displays. It reports 1680x1050 as being the native resolution for the monitor, and this is correct. For scaling I set "Use my display's built-in scaling", but changing this setting doesn't seem to make any difference.

When I look at the on-screen-display of monitor number 2 it says it's receiving a resolution of 1600x1000,
so it seems that the graphics card is still transmitting 1600x1000.

I've had this problem solved once, after fiddling around for hours, and was very happy with the quality it then displayed. The on-screen-display at that time told me the received resolution was correct (1680x1050).

After a reboot the blurry effect was back, and i haven't been able to reproduce the solution.

Can anybody shed some light?
Thanks, Paul
0
Comment
Question by:SFMogwai
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 

Author Comment

by:SFMogwai
ID: 22700672
Some additional information as I'm stiil "fiddling".

I installed RivaTuner and encountered a weird message which might be related.
I go to tab Main -> Target adapter -> Customize -> Low level refresh rate settings.

When I select tab Monitor Driver Wizard a warning-dialog prompts me that "The maximum resolution reported by driver doesn't match with EDID. Do you want to ignore the resolution stored in EDID?".
If i click "Yes" then under "Monitor limits" the "Maximum display resolution" changes from 1680x960 to 1680x1050.

Hope this helps.
0
 
LVL 69

Expert Comment

by:Callandor
ID: 22701516
Swap the connectors and see if the problem moves to the other monitor.  If it doesn't, the problem is in the display, not the card.
0
 

Author Comment

by:SFMogwai
ID: 22701679
I tried swapping the connectors but then Monitor nr 1 has the problem.
0
The Eight Noble Truths of Backup and Recovery

How can IT departments tackle the challenges of a Big Data world? This white paper provides a roadmap to success and helps companies ensure that all their data is safe and secure, no matter if it resides on-premise with physical or virtual machines or in the cloud.

 
LVL 69

Expert Comment

by:Callandor
ID: 22707172
Ok, your display is probably not the source of the problem then.  Reinstall the video driver and see if that fixes things.  However, the fact that one port is ok and the other is consistently bad leads me to think something happened to the card, in which case you will need to try a different card (preferably that uses the same drivers, to isolate the problem).
0
 

Author Comment

by:SFMogwai
ID: 22713646
I reinstalled the driver but that didn't help. I only have this card so trying a different one is not an option for me.

Please let me know if you need any more information,
0
 
LVL 69

Accepted Solution

by:
Callandor earned 500 total points
ID: 22713769
You said the second monitor shows 1600x1000, which is close, but not exactly the same as 1680x1080.  This mismatch can be the source of the blurriness.  Is it impossible to set it exactly?
 
If not, we have identified one of the ports as probably being the source of the problem. I can't be 100% sure, unless you have another card to try, but the display has been eliminated and drivers have been almost eliminated. You can eliminate the drivers by trying a different operating system which doesn't use them, such as Knoppix (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html). If the problem is still there, you have a video card problem.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:SFMogwai
ID: 31505279
Thanks for your time.
Unfortunately the knoppix (and OpenSuse live cd) won't give me mor ethan 1024x768 resolution.

I decided to go and get me a new card because this is costing me too much time.
Thanks again.
0

Featured Post

Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Exe program is not a valid Win 32 application 15 110
Asus ks2003 driver XP 32 33 147
Ubuntu 16.04 AMD video card driver issues 20 865
Auto adjustment appear on my HP Monitor? 6 66
I have purchased two new systems and both are now Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) based. UEFI is replacing BIOS for the desktop PC. It is a Linux based firmware with enough robustness it can communicate with a website without loading …
In the modern office, employees tend to move around the workplace a lot more freely. Conferences, collaborative groups, flexible seating and working from home require a new level of mobility. Technology has not only changed the behavior and the expe…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

839 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question