Photo Display Issue on Widescreen LCD

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by jkcshw@gmail.com, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Guest

    I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    Is there a simple way to correct this?
    , Jan 2, 2007
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  2. Steven Ellis Guest

    wrote:
    > I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    > to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    > Is there a simple way to correct this?


    What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    the screen rated to.

    Steve
    Steven Ellis, Jan 3, 2007
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  3. Guest

    Steven Ellis wrote:
    > wrote:
    > > I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    > > to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    > > Is there a simple way to correct this?

    >
    > What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    > the screen rated to.
    >
    > Steve

    It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio problem?
    Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics and
    pictures all looked "squashed".
    , Jan 3, 2007
    #3
  4. whome Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > Steven Ellis wrote:
    >> wrote:
    >> > I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    >> > to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    >> > Is there a simple way to correct this?

    >>
    >> What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    >> the screen rated to.
    >>
    >> Steve

    > It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    > I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    > is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    > squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio problem?
    > Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics and
    > pictures all looked "squashed".
    >


    Check your video card settings. Sounds suspicious to me.
    whome, Jan 3, 2007
    #4
  5. Steven Ellis Guest

    whome wrote:
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >
    > > Steven Ellis wrote:
    > >> wrote:
    > >> > I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    > >> > to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    > >> > Is there a simple way to correct this?
    > >>
    > >> What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    > >> the screen rated to.
    > >>
    > >> Steve

    > > It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    > > I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    > > is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    > > squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio problem?
    > > Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics and
    > > pictures all looked "squashed".
    > >

    >
    > Check your video card settings. Sounds suspicious to me.


    Think you aren't running a widescreen resolution on your screen. Check
    your resolution settings as the correct resolution for this screen is
    1680x1050

    Steve
    Steven Ellis, Jan 3, 2007
    #5
  6. -=rjh=- Guest

    wrote:
    > Steven Ellis wrote:
    >> wrote:
    >>> I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    >>> to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    >>> Is there a simple way to correct this?

    >> What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    >> the screen rated to.
    >>
    >> Steve

    > It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    > I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    > is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    > squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio problem?
    > Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics and
    > pictures all looked "squashed".
    >


    It is a resolution problem - say your previous monitor was set to
    1024x768. Your new monitor has to stretch out that 1024 to whatever your
    new resolution is (hopefully 1680 or higher), and since it is
    widescreen, the height doesn't get stretched as much. Hence, everything
    looks wide and flat.

    In addition, because the resolution doesn't match the pixels, the
    display will look terrible.

    When you've set the resolution correctly, assuming that you were
    previously using a CRT and Windows XP, you might want to look at turning
    on Cleartype, it makes a huge difference with LCDs.

    Did you read any reviews of that display before you bought? Might give
    you some idea of what to look out for.
    -=rjh=-, Jan 3, 2007
    #6
  7. Guest

    -=rjh=- wrote:
    > wrote:
    > > Steven Ellis wrote:
    > >> wrote:
    > >>> I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    > >>> to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    > >>> Is there a simple way to correct this?
    > >> What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    > >> the screen rated to.
    > >>
    > >> Steve

    > > It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    > > I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    > > is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    > > squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio problem?
    > > Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics and
    > > pictures all looked "squashed".
    > >

    >
    > It is a resolution problem - say your previous monitor was set to
    > 1024x768. Your new monitor has to stretch out that 1024 to whatever your
    > new resolution is (hopefully 1680 or higher), and since it is
    > widescreen, the height doesn't get stretched as much. Hence, everything
    > looks wide and flat.
    >
    > In addition, because the resolution doesn't match the pixels, the
    > display will look terrible.
    >
    > When you've set the resolution correctly, assuming that you were
    > previously using a CRT and Windows XP, you might want to look at turning
    > on Cleartype, it makes a huge difference with LCDs.
    >
    > Did you read any reviews of that display before you bought? Might give
    > you some idea of what to look out for.

    The "best" resolution I could use was 32-bit 1280 x 1024. 1600 x 1024
    (the one closest to the recommended 1680 x 1050) gave me a fuzzier
    display for some strange reason. The 1600 x 1024 was available from my
    display settings but for obvious reason unsupported by the LCD. My
    video card is a 32-Mb NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400. I tried looking for a
    monitor driver for my LCD but it wasn't available on the Dell website -
    may be it doesn't need one.
    , Jan 3, 2007
    #7
  8. Murray Symon Guest

    On Tue, 02 Jan 2007 22:24:43 -0800, jkcshw wrote:

    >
    > -=rjh=- wrote:
    >> wrote:
    >> > Steven Ellis wrote:
    >> >> wrote:
    >> >>> I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I
    >> >>> tried to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared
    >> >>> "squashed". Is there a simple way to correct this?
    >> >> What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    >> >> the screen rated to.
    >> >>
    >> >> Steve
    >> > It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    >> > I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    >> > is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    >> > squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio
    >> > problem? Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics
    >> > and pictures all looked "squashed".
    >> >
    >> >

    >> It is a resolution problem - say your previous monitor was set to
    >> 1024x768. Your new monitor has to stretch out that 1024 to whatever your
    >> new resolution is (hopefully 1680 or higher), and since it is
    >> widescreen, the height doesn't get stretched as much. Hence, everything
    >> looks wide and flat.
    >>
    >> In addition, because the resolution doesn't match the pixels, the
    >> display will look terrible.
    >>
    >> When you've set the resolution correctly, assuming that you were
    >> previously using a CRT and Windows XP, you might want to look at turning
    >> on Cleartype, it makes a huge difference with LCDs.
    >>
    >> Did you read any reviews of that display before you bought? Might give
    >> you some idea of what to look out for.

    > The "best" resolution I could use was 32-bit 1280 x 1024. 1600 x 1024 (the
    > one closest to the recommended 1680 x 1050) gave me a fuzzier display for
    > some strange reason. The 1600 x 1024 was available from my display
    > settings but for obvious reason unsupported by the LCD. My video card is a
    > 32-Mb NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400. I tried looking for a monitor driver for
    > my LCD but it wasn't available on the Dell website - may be it doesn't
    > need one.


    LCD monitors should be run at their native resolution, in your case 1680 x 1050.

    You may need to update your video card driver.
    Murray Symon, Jan 3, 2007
    #8
  9. Guest

    Murray Symon wrote:
    > On Tue, 02 Jan 2007 22:24:43 -0800, jkcshw wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > -=rjh=- wrote:
    > >> wrote:
    > >> > Steven Ellis wrote:
    > >> >> wrote:
    > >> >>> I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I
    > >> >>> tried to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared
    > >> >>> "squashed". Is there a simple way to correct this?
    > >> >> What resolution are you running the screen at and what resolution is
    > >> >> the screen rated to.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Steve
    > >> > It's a Dell 20E207WFP.
    > >> > I think my problem is not the resolution (I could be wrong). The issue
    > >> > is that a circle does not appear as a perfect circle, etc - it's
    > >> > squashed, as the screen is widescreen. Is this an aspect ratio
    > >> > problem? Same thing when I start up Internet Explorer - all graphics
    > >> > and pictures all looked "squashed".
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> It is a resolution problem - say your previous monitor was set to
    > >> 1024x768. Your new monitor has to stretch out that 1024 to whatever your
    > >> new resolution is (hopefully 1680 or higher), and since it is
    > >> widescreen, the height doesn't get stretched as much. Hence, everything
    > >> looks wide and flat.
    > >>
    > >> In addition, because the resolution doesn't match the pixels, the
    > >> display will look terrible.
    > >>
    > >> When you've set the resolution correctly, assuming that you were
    > >> previously using a CRT and Windows XP, you might want to look at turning
    > >> on Cleartype, it makes a huge difference with LCDs.
    > >>
    > >> Did you read any reviews of that display before you bought? Might give
    > >> you some idea of what to look out for.

    > > The "best" resolution I could use was 32-bit 1280 x 1024. 1600 x 1024 (the
    > > one closest to the recommended 1680 x 1050) gave me a fuzzier display for
    > > some strange reason. The 1600 x 1024 was available from my display
    > > settings but for obvious reason unsupported by the LCD. My video card is a
    > > 32-Mb NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400. I tried looking for a monitor driver for
    > > my LCD but it wasn't available on the Dell website - may be it doesn't
    > > need one.

    >
    > LCD monitors should be run at their native resolution, in your case 1680 x 1050.
    >
    > You may need to update your video card driver.

    Many thanks for your advice. I updated my video card driver and was
    able to use 1680 x 1050.
    , Jan 3, 2007
    #9
  10. E. Scrooge Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I have just bought a DELL Widescreen LCD for my computer. When I tried
    > to display my digital photos on the screen, they appeared "squashed".
    > Is there a simple way to correct this?


    Send the bugger back, or crop your pictures to match the widescreen display.

    The widescreen display would be closer to 6x4 prints than a standard display
    monitor is anyway. 1024x680 is close to the size for 6x4 prints - 1024x768
    is not.

    E. Scrooge
    E. Scrooge, Jan 3, 2007
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