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how can i fix the "shadow" effect in widescreen monitor custom resolution?

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I have a widescreen lcd monitor 22" diag with native resolution of 1680 x 1050. desktop fonts/letters are crystal clear but too small for me. I have been using a 1280 x 720 resolution and just installed a new nvidia 260 with 185 whql drivers. the letters, including in apps like MS Word all have shadows, uneven light/dark (parts of letters look bold, others have a faint blue shadow). I have fixed this problem once before with an older nvidia 8600 but can't find the handle this time.

I am pretty sure it's all about the monitor set up but could use some help on what to adjust.
settings: 1280 x 720 x 32bit at 60 Hz. I am using the monitor's built-in scaling.

thank you in advance!
Mark Davis
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Some monitors have a built in "Auto Adjust" button on the side of the monitor.   This may help, when you are not running in native resolution mode.

Another thing that may help is to set native mode, but use a custom (larger) DPI.   In Vista, right click on the desktop, then Personalize, then "Adjust Font Size (DPI)", and try a different size.  This should enlarge everything but windows is doing it, instead of the monitor.
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will give that a try. i have also noticed that an additional distortion is a translucent light blue line running in the vert axis of the letters. i assume this is all part of the same problem.

will try the other stuff, too.
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Kevin-this monitor has no autoadjust available for digital input, i think it's only for analog. As for the DPI, the higher i set it the worse the distortion: uneven bold parts of letters become bolder and the blue shadow becomes more noticeable.

Thanks. Ready for whatever is next....

Mark Davis
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If you change the DPI you should go back to native resolution.  Is this Vista or XP?
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XP and I went to native and adjusted resolution to 125%. the fonts are all clear now without shadow or discoloration. I can live with it but I really do like the 1280 x 720 rez better over all.......so, what's next??

Mark Davis
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Anytime you use other than the native resolution, you run the risk of distortion, because the image has to be interpolated using the pixels of the lower resolution.  You can try some custom resolutions using PowerStrip http://entechtaiwan.com/util/ps.shtm and see if you find (or can make) a better one.
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No satisfactory resolution. Effort appreciated.
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