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Old 02-05-2009, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am using an external monitor for my laptop. The monitor is a Samsung 226BW. My native resolution is 1680x1050. The monitor reports that it is running 1680x1050, but Windows XP (x86 pro) says its running 1400x1050. It's more then obvious it's not running 1680x1050.

No matter what I do, I cannot get 1680x1050. I can get 1600x1050, 1400x1050, but not 1680x1050. I installed Samsung's drivers for my monitor,

I am using VGA, and my desktop PC is hooked up through DVI which runs 1680x1050 fine (8800 GT).

The laptop's specs:
Radeon 9700 Pro
AMD XP 3400+
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Is there any kind of hack to make this work? I even went as far as installing Omega drivers... even though they aren't recommended. I use this laptop for development, and it's very important I see the right screen resolution. Any suggestions would be great, thanks!
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From the ATI site:

2D DISPLAY MODES
Resolutions, colors and maximum refresh rates (Hz) in 256, 65K or 16.7M colors
Monitor Resolution Hz

640x480
120
800x600 120
1024x768 120
1152x864 120
1280x1024 120
1600x1200 85
1920x1080* 16:9 75
1920x1200 75
1920x1440 75
2048x1536 60
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Install the latest catalyst drivers and see if that gives you the option for 1680x1050.

if it still doesnt work, then the card my simply be too old to support it.
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Yep, some of those cards just won't support that resolution if they're past a certain age, unfortunately. Installing the latest drivers is about all you can do.
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That sucks.. I read other people had the issue but some where able to fix it, others were unsuccessful.
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The catalyst drivers still might be able to do this for you if you try them out. You might be able to try our the latest Omega drivers, too, and see if this do anything for you. OmegaDrivers.net - Home of the ATI & NVIDIA Omega Drivers. Home
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I have the latest, and I tried Omega. Neither worked.
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