24" Wide Monitor Screen Won't Scale to Correct Size


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.

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First things first...

That was was never designed to use those high of a resolution. I used the 5200 for a year or so to "game" when it first came out. I think at the time it was released you were lucky to run it at 1280x1024. Even then with some of my samsung monitors there was excessive tearing and artifact shredding.

It is going to be "ok" to use but I believe that with a minimal investment you will be MUCH happier with a newer model GPU. You can get a substantial gpu to do what you want it to do for probably under 90$ USD.

I would suggest TigerDirect or Newegg and take a look to see what they have for specials going on.

The color generation and the "chop" from the gpu will be better as well (depending on if you have the photographer's eye or not)
MrChip2PresidentAuthor Commented:
Hi Todd,

I suspected my card was too old.  There is no problem upgrading the graphics card.  For better or worse I will be spending between 8-12 hours a day in front of this monitor.  Do you have any specific GC models you can recommend?  Again, I am not into gaming.  I may watch an occasional DVD movie on this.  What I will be doing besides boring office apps is a lot of digital photography and some video.  I am a prosumer when it comes to digital photos (Canon 40D, L lenses, 30K+ images).  

It sounds like you know your cards.  Here are the types of slots on my PC:

33 Mhz PCI
66MHz AGP 4x/2x

I know these are older technology.  (the PC is about 4 years old).  I have another PC that I could make my primary work computer.  It is newer and has a PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x1 slot.  It's graphics card is a DELL ATI Radeon X600 XT 256MB DVI-VGA-TV Outs.  Would that card be a good choice?  If so I can switch the computers.  I will close the question after I hear back from you.

Actually I would very much test out that other PC. There is no sense spending any money at all on an AGP graphics card unless you HAVE to and it seems as though you have access to a newer one.

While the x600 is not the "greatest" card so to speak, it will do a much better job then the current one AND you will more then likely notice a "cleaner" screen on some of your more closely worked on photos.

if you are somehow forced into using a new card for that AGP slot, i would say anything from nvidia that is 6600 or higher Back in the day the 6600 was the "gamers card" that could run significantly higher resolutions and keep great performance. I was not a dan of the ATI series from those days so I do not have a particulars from ATI for that level.

Also if possible use the DVI cable to hook up the monitor. You will not be disappointed.

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MrChip2PresidentAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much for the great advice.  I agree that I should switch PCs.  The other one is barely used in the office and is much better.  Now the tricky part is how to move my personal stuff from one PC to the other.  
What type of things are you trying to move? if you just need to move files you can xfer easily with a crossover cable or setting up the network.

Personally, I have never had good luck using any software to "move" applications from one pc to the next (although i have only tried it about 10 times or so).

I would personally suggest to install the software on the better PC then move the files.

If you need help you can post here or send a message and I can assist as needed.
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