After an hour on the phone with EVGA tech support, and both of us browsing forums and testign crap out we found the problem.
9800gx2 is detecting my LG monitor as an HDTV through HDMI. hence crap picture, bad resolution and off centre.
so the 9800gx2 doesnt properly support HDMI with all setups as advertised >.> which sucks because i went out and bough 100$ hdmi cable (cheapest there was lol) due to the evga guy i had earlier telling me it was because of the HDMI - DVI cable I was using.
Now my LG monitor doesnt even have DVI connection lol so i'm out of luck there. not that I have a DVI to DVI cable anyway.
Theres one other 'workaround' someone on the nvidia forums found that the EVGA guy suggested I try, going through the registry and forcing the nvidia drivers to stop recognising my monitor as an HDTV
Only problem is the guy didn't state which LG monitor he had, and I'm not much into this sort of thing.
Originally Posted by some dude
I've discovered a workaround for this problem. Basically you can use a registry key to override the monitor advertising itself as an HDTV (by setting the number of EDID extensions to 0). Using the following steps, I am now getting proper 1920x1200 resolution on my LG monitor:
1. Start the installation of the latest Nvidia drivers and cancel out once the files are extracted
2. Open nv_disp.inf. By default for the current drivers this is in C:\NVIDIA\WinVista\169.25
3. In the [nv_SoftwareDeviceSettings] section add the following:
HKR,, OverrideEdidFlags0, %REG_BINARY%, 1E,6D,3F,56,00,00,FF,FF,04,00,00,00,7E,01,00
The first 4 bytes (1E,6D,3F,56) in my OverrideEdidFlags0 are specific to the LG monitor I'm using. For other monitors, you will need to replace them. Using Phoenix EDID Designer, extract the current EDID and open up the byte viewer. The bytes are in byte 8 through 11.
4. Uninstall your current drivers and reboot
5. Install the modified drivers by running the previously extracted setup.exe. By default for the current drivers this is in C:\NVIDIA\WinVista\169.25. You'll get a warning about the driver not being signed because of the modified inf. Just press OK.
Problem, I got phoenix EDID Designer.. but what's this about extractign the current EDID. I don't even know what EDID is lol, or where to extract it from. Let alone bytes 8 through 11.
You happen to know what that means? lol
I hope nvidia has plans of straightening the driver issue out. more and more 24"+ monitors are coming without DVI inputs.
edit~ ok i figured out the byte viewer thing. Though there were two options forr files to extract. Both were related to my monitor, I picked the one that held the model number.
lets hope this works..
no dice. workaround failed. i can get the res and positioning back if i use vga to vga>dvi adapter.
picture looks horrible though. not crisp at all. almost fuzzy lookin.
i hope nvidia fixes this in their drivers soon, what a waste of 800$ heh. ****ed