widescreen resolutions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jer446, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
    This isnt mac related, but my dad just got the dell 20 inch widescreen. He has bad eyes so he likes his resolution low. What resolution should it be on? right now he has it on 1024x768, a normal resolution, and it looks stretched out. How can i fix this? I dont see any widescreen resolutions on the settings for his video card. Runniong windows xp.
  2. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    He should try 1360 x 768 or 1280 x 720... these are both widescreen (16:9 or 16:10 or so) resolution settings.

    Ideally, LCD monitors should be run at their native resolution, but if his eyes are bad I can understand why he'd want to use a lower resolution.
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    a good resolution might be 1280x800 (true 16:10, the same aspect ration as teh 2005fpw) although it'll look fuzzy and may actually be harder to read. you might try leaving the resolution at native (1680x1050) and turning up the software dpi to 120 or maybe even higher (this effectively enlarges teh onscreen text) to do that go to display properties>>settings>>advanced>>general tab. it should be a pull-down menu.
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Use the native resolution of the Screen, LCDs function VERY BAD when you use it at another resolution.

    Then play around with settings to increase font size. Look if you cannot use All Programs -> Accessories -> Accessibility in your/his Start menu (I think it's there... haven't had a Windows PC for ages... :eek: but it should be something like that...)
  5. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    i tried a whole bunch of different resolutions for mine (mum likes res lower too), all except the native were more blurry and harder for her to read than the native res.
  6. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Just use native-res and change the interface to 120dpi mode in the Advanced settings. This will scale everything up (buttons, text, widgets, the whole deal).
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    You should run at native...1680 x 1050

    use Accessibility and other preferences to scale everything to suit your needs...

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