24" Wide Monitor Screen Won't Scale to Correct Size
Posted on 2008-10-16
My PC has a NVidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. I just purchased a 24" Samsung widescreen LCD. The monitor's native resolution is 1920 x 1200. When I first connected the monitor and tried to change the screen resolution the highest setting I saw was 1024 x 768. My graphics card was using a generic driver from Microsoft that was very old. I downloaded and installed the latest GeForce drivers (175.19). Here is my problem. I am able to set the screen resolution to the desired 1920 x 1200. However, my desktop is stretched too wide. The desktop is clipped so that about 10% of the right side of the screen is not visible unless I move my mouse to the right. Then the desktop scrolls to the right (hope I am explaining this correctly).
I have tried a few things but cannot seem to get this to work. I have tried making changes through nVidia control panel, through the standard screen settings in XP, and through the monitor's own buttons.
I read somewhere that I should be using an older driver from nVidia (93.71). I uninstalled the new version and installed 93.71. My situation improved. My screen is now sized correctly and I was able to increase the resolution. However, I could only go as high as 1600 x 1200.
Can anyone help me solve this frustrating problem? I want to get the screen to its native resolution.
On another topic, is the FX 5200 card OK to use with this new monitor. I use this monitor strictly for office applications and to view digital photos. I do not play any games or do any sort of 3-D work on it.