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Old 11-12-2009, 02:37 AM   #1
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1440 x 900 Res not in List?

I have a 24 inch 1920*1200 Native LCD monitor running on a GTX260, and I was looking at the lower resolutions that I can switch to and 1440*900 does not appear in my windows resolutions or in Nvidia Control Panel menu.

1920*1200 is 16:10 ratio and so is 1440*900.
I see in the Nvidia control panel I can easily add a custom resolution at this setting, but the little Nvidia warning about how I might destroy my monitor got me thinking I should check to make sure there is not some problem with this specific resolution.

Is there some reason that a Native 1920*1200 LCD, can not or should not be set to 1440*900, when both resolutions share the same aspect ratio?
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:43 AM   #2
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Because it skews the images.

Think about it, it's like taking a small image and scaling it across a large area. It's going to look crappy.

It's not going to hurt your monitor though to run at 1440x900, but it's not going to look good at all.

It is always better to stick with native resolution.
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:54 AM   #3
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I know about not running at a native resolution skewing, however I thought that there was something like the same aspect ratio will allow a lower res to downscale and still look fine.
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:56 AM   #4
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No, it still looks bad even if it is the same aspect ratio. When I run 16:10 resolutions that aren't 1920x1200, they look bad on my 24".
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:34 AM   #5
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Do it and you would say good bye to the ability to read text comfortably.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:58 AM   #6
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Text and the desktop will scale fine. LCDs get slightly blurry when not at their native resolution, but that's to be expected and I don't think that's an issue if you're looking for a specific resolution.

I'm not seeing an option for 1440x900 on my 1680x1050 monitor. However, I'm not seeing any warning for possibly damaging a monitor with a custom resolution either. So long as you don't mess with anything but the resolution dimensions and it's not larger than the display's native, anything you do should be relatively harmless. (At worst, your display will give you the finger and you'll have to wait the 15-30 seconds for the screen to reset.)
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:09 AM   #7
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I don't know why they even have that warning in there about damaging monitors anymore. That was only a problem with old CRT monitors. Who still uses an ancient 100% analog (no OSD/menu or nothing, knobs for the brightness and contrast) CRT monitor anymore?

Probably just to save their butts in the unlikely event that someone still does use such and ancient monitor, and wrecks it, then blames NVidia.
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