Whats wrong with my monitor!

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Alright, I just installed Win 7 Ultimate 64bit. I have dual-monitor display. My main (left) monitor is a "ASUS VW223B Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor" And my 2nd monitor is a "Acer AL2016W Silver & Black 20" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor" I have a Nvidia GeForce 8600GT video card. When I had xp pro installed my 22' perfect resolution was 1680x1050. How that im in Win7 the biggest I can go is 1600x1200 which looks wrong (squished look). I installed Ultramon and was able to go 1680x1050 and the size itself was right but everything was choppy. Out of all of this, the 2nd monitor looks perfect but i can't figure out why i can't get my 22' to look the way it should. I installed the windows 7 64 bit driver from Nvidia's site. Also when i go to "Screen resolution" why does it list my 22' as "generic Non-Pnp Monitor) and the 20' monitor it actually displays its model number? (This was the same situation when i installed vista a long time ago. I just went back to XP cause I couldnt figure it out I attached pictures of the 1600x1200 look and the 1680x1050 look
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if you go to device manager, it will most likely be listed as "generic non-plug and play", right click on it and choose update driver. see if it picks it up.

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Under Monitors it shows "ACER AL2016W" and "Generic Non-PnP Monitor" I just update driver on both and nothing new
sounds like you need drivers from the monitor manufacturer.
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i hope your problem will solve with dirver updation.

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The Generic Display listing i fine, I have a similar set up and mine is the same way, picks up the samsung, but not acer, but bother are 1680x1050. try downloading the utilit from this site (http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=PZ9P4gG65URMJmYs).

also have you tried changing the actual connections on the video card to see if it happens the same way? im also assuming both are dvi and not vga?

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I already had that EZ link software installed. No difference. Yes They are both DVI and i switched them. Made mo difference. I checked if there was any drivers for the Asus monitor, there were not :(

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if you go into the menu of the monitor itself, is there an information tab? i work with mostly acer's and the information will tell you the reccomend resolution. I know it supposed to be 1680x1050, but im just wondering if its changing for some reason.

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Well my problem isnt the acer one. That always has the perfect res. its the asus one

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yea, i meant i know that the acer monitors have that information tab, does the asus have the same info?

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where would i go to get to the menu of a monitor?

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bottom right of the monitor, by the bower button
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Ooooh ok. There is no info tab.

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I've fiddled with those settings all night. no difference

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please people! I need help!!!!
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If there both DVI, I'm assuming you have the correct cable dual dvi or single?

Single-Linkl DVI: http://www.datapro.net/products/dvi-d-single-link-digital-cable.html

Dual-Linke DVI: http://www.datapro.net/products/dvi-d-dual-link-digital-cable.html

If you have the incorrect one, you won't be able to get the correct resolution. Also strangely enough, I have a 22" monitor, that has windows 7, and with a DVI cable, it won't run In widescreen 16:10, but If I use a vga cable, It runs perfectly at 1680x1050, try a vga cable for the 22" screen and see If It works for you.

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I finally got it figured out!. It wasn't quite what you were explaining JC_OM, but your suggestions lead to it. Both monitors only had VGA ports and on my card both were DVI so naturally I had to use VGA-DVI adaptors. I switched adaptors with each cable just to see any difference, nothing. Then I switched ports for each monitor so in the end my primary was on the right now (I need it on the left) so after that I had to configure with Ultramon to switch the Primary to the other side and BOOM! it looks perfect! You don't know now excited i finally am! THANK YOU SO MUCH

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THANK YOU

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