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Author Topic: custom Dell monitor configuration (ATI radeon video card)  (Read 9388 times)
joker2

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« on: February 05, 2011, 05:41:20 PM »

I have a Dell studio desktop with ati radeon HD 5870 video card and 23 inch Dell sp2309w monitor with native resolution 2048 x 1152. I want to run this monitor at a resolution close to 1520 x 859. (Which maintains the proper aspect ratio and magnifies everything by about 30%). Unfortunately, none of the resolutions presented by Windows (64-bit Windows 7) are close to what I want. Dell technical support has been completely useless.  Someone at AMD suggested to me that PowerStrip might work.  However, if I understand what I am reading in this forum, PowerStrip will not solve my problem.  Is my understanding correct?  Are there other things I could try?
Thanks and best regards,
Joe
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Ashley Saldanha
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011, 02:12:01 AM »

PowerStrip should work ok - see this FAQ.

But are you sure your 2048x1152 panel will accept 1520x859? In any case, you'll find out soon enough...
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joker2

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 03:09:42 PM »

Thanks for the response.  Wish me luck.
Joe
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joker2

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 09:19:59 PM »

Well, this is just a great little program!  (And the instructions in the faq you referenced could not have been clearer.  Excellent.)
It took less than a half hour to download and install the program and set the resolution to 1520 x 864.  (I changed my original choice of 859  to 864 because the latter number is evenly divisible by eight.  I don't know if this matters-just guessing).
Some added work was required.  Initially, my screen had horizontal black bars above and below the display area and the image was slightly stretched horizontally.  This was fixed by using the ATI commander to specify "full screen" for the display properties.  (It had been set to "maintain aspect ratio")
Regards and thanks for the help
Joe
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Ashley Saldanha
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 02:47:42 AM »

Just a clarification: your card is new enough, so the reoslution does not need to be divisible by 8. You may want to try 1520x950 so you maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio of your display.
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joker2

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 04:10:31 PM »

Thanks for the clarification.  I believe you made a typo though, 1520*9/16-> 850 no?
regards,
Joe
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Ashley Saldanha
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 04:17:14 PM »

Yes indeed, sorry: 1520x950 is for 16:10, while you want 1520x855 (16:9).
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