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    Disappointed with LCD monitor

    I recently replaced my 19" Samsung 950b CRT monitor with a Samsung 19" 940BF LCD. I do appreciate the extra workspace it provides but I am not quite impressed with how it displays large graphics, e.g., Desktop wallpapers; they appear "grainy" compared to the CRT display. Now, admittedly, this could be due to the difference in screen resolution - 1024x768 for the CRT and 1280x1024 for the LCD. If this noticeable depreciation in display quality is not, or should not, be due to the difference in resolution, are there some display adapter settings I could/should change to improve things? I'm using a EVGA E-GEFORCE 7600 GT KO video card with updated drivers. This monitor has good specs and has received many accolades by reviewers and thus I am a bit puzzled by this.

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    Do you have the latest driver for the LCD? Do you have Clear Type turned on?

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    <hr>Joe asks:
    Do you have the latest driver for the LCD? Do you have Clear Type turned on?<hr>
    That would be a "Yes" to both questions.

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    Is 1280 X 1024 the default resolution as recommended by the vendor?

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> 1280 X 1024 is the default resolution @ 60 Hz.
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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    What are the dimensions of the wallpaper? If you're stretching it to fill the screen, it will not look as crisp as it would at the orginal size.

    I've got a 1680 x 1050 display, and immediately searched for images for wallpaper that would fill the screen, and look nice too.
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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    <hr>What are the dimensions of the wallpaper? If you're stretching it to fill the screen, it will not look as crisp as it would at the original size.<hr>
    Well, that's why I wrote in my original post: Now, admittedly, this could be due to the difference in screen resolution - 1024x768 for the CRT and 1280x1024 for the LCD. Most all the wallpapers are 1024x768 which as you say and I suspected is the problem. The "kicker" is that most of my favorite wallpapers were originally 1280x1024 and I resized them to reduce the file size to save HDD space and to match my then 1024x768 resolution. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> What I should do to put this to the test is to find some of the orignals of these images I resized and try them in the larger version to see if they display better and at least equal to the quality of my former CRT display.

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    Here are some animal ones you could try, but it sounds to me that you really want a test pattern, something like the old BBC TV test card for engineers to set up the TV correctly (we are talking 30 years ago, at least!) - such as the quality screen-tester, DisplayMate for Windows, but this costs
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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    John,

    Actually, I think Chris hit the nail on the head and confirmed my suspicions about this issue. Stretching 1024x768 images to 1280x1024 degrades the quality. Everything else is displayed just fine. I've grabbed a few larger size images of some that I have to try and sure enough, the quality is MUCH better. So, methinks the matter is basically closed. I have to admit, however, that my former Samsung 19" CRT has a better graphic display than my new Samsung 19" LCD, even though the popular consensus is that LCD monitors are superior to CRT monitors. IF I had purchased a cheaper model or brand I might be able to understand this. But as I mentioned before, this 940BF (2ms and 800) in the reviews and user feedback is supposed to be excellent. What I found in my research before purchasing this monitor is that most of the reviews/feedback was in regard to silly "gaming" and rarely did I come across a review/feedback from individuals who were more interested in graphic quality.

    My personal observation has been that the CRT has brighter colors and more depth for 3D type images than the LCD.

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    Jeff,
    Have you tried to change the resolution of the LCD to 1024x768?
    How does that look to you?

    I'm not familiar with your particular video card but I would assume most will allow you to experiment with other resolutions.
    I'm using an ATI Radeon 9550 and it gives you a huge amount of settings to play with or adjust.
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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    Well, yes, I can change the resolution to 1024x768 but then everything is too BIG. The 1280x1024 resolution is the default and recommended resolution for this monitor which is typical. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    My video card also has a plethora of settings you can adjust but none address this particular problem, which I have already stated is for all intents and purposes, resolved by using images with a higher resolution size. I have that ATI Radeon 9550 on another PC that is now using the 19" Samsung 920b monitor with the 1024x768 resolution and which I think looks better all around.

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    Re: Disappointed with LCD monitor

    Changing the resolution of a LCD monitor whose native resolution is 1280x1024 to 1024x768 is the inverse problem to that originally described! Any resolution other than the native resolution of an LCD is a bad move, quality-wise.

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