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using Monitors with Laptops

Posted on 2011-09-11
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I have a Pavilion DV6-4023TX laptop which has: Graphics Card: ATI 1GB Dedicated Radeon HD 6570M, and Display: 15.6" LED High Definition 1366 x 768.
 The laptops screen looks fantastic. It has HDMI output and you can output to a different screen. When I have asked it to use the second screen only and detect the device it is outputting to it has accurately detected the make and model of my TV and monitor

 My TV is a Sony Bravia 1080p and monitor SyncMaster 225MS which has Optimum resolution of 1680x1050
 When I have output by HDMI to TV 1080p with HDMI input the image is very good, however not as good as the laptops when viewing videos (not 720p either). When I output to monitor using a HDMI to DVI-D adapter the image is not great, I have made a number of adjustments but the icons and writing all look big and ugly even on the smallest settings.
 I had hoped to use my KVM (DVD-D) switch with my monitor and use it for both my laptop and desktop (desktop monitor setting is 1680x1050) but I really don’t like the laptop screen even for day to day use.
I am wondering a number of things.
1.) Even though the monitor has HDMI input it will only detect PC’s via DVI-D, so I am wondering whether getting a monitor which will function with HDMI input from a computer may assist, that is, look as good as the TV.
2.) I would think the video card can handle the higher resolution output, is there anything I can do to output to a second monitor on a different resolution that is by pass the laptop or am I bound by the laptops monitor.
3.) If you are hoping to use a laptop with a number of different screens should you ensure they are all the same resolution or at the very least not restricted by the laptops screen capabilities
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ZeevM333 earned 500 total points
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1. buy a HDMI to DVI wire.
2.You're not bound. there are programs that bypass those auto settings but also for example there's always the option of break a pin :)
http://nookkin.com/content/allowing-any-screen-resolution-on-vista.php

3. again, there are many freeware programs for such purposes. for example:
http://lifehacker.com/software/featured-windows-download/make-the-most-of-multi+monitors-with-ultramon-267254.php
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by:Marina2006
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Thank you for your efforts however upon further examination I discovered that if I select show desktop on second screen only from my laptops display settings then the Geforce video card outputs to the recipients resolution capabilities .i.e. 1080 .
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