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Old 10-22-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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The difference is minimal. Most modern PCs have HDMI out. The biggest benefit is that one cable carries audio and video. But if your monitor doesn't have audio capability, this doesn't matter. The other benefit is no video degredation from the RAMDAC. But modern RAMDAC are so good, that it's degredation is minimal.
My monitor does have audio, but I prefer the speakers that I had with my older system, so it's more of a drawback than anything....although I can disable the audio on the monitor I believe.

Anyone know anything about the aspect ratio of a widescreen monitor? I have it set to stretch vs 4:3, but I'm not certain I like either. Are there any other options anyone knows of? It would be nice if I could set it so that windows that are not set to fullscreen, are not stretched (if that makes sense)....however, I'm fairly certain that this is not possible.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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My monitor does have audio, but I prefer the speakers that I had with my older system, so it's more of a drawback than anything....although I can disable the audio on the monitor I believe.

Anyone know anything about the aspect ratio of a widescreen monitor? I have it set to stretch vs 4:3, but I'm not certain I like either. Are there any other options anyone knows of? It would be nice if I could set it so that windows that are not set to fullscreen, are not stretched (if that makes sense)....however, I'm fairly certain that this is not possible.

You can change the resolution of your computer (i'll assume Windows XP/Vista/7) to a widescreen setting. Then there will be no stretching.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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You can change the resolution of your computer (i'll assume Windows XP/Vista/7) to a widescreen setting. Then there will be no stretching.
Haha, now I feel like an idiot...as you can see, I haven't upgraded monitors in a long time. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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My monitor does have audio, but I prefer the speakers that I had with my older system, so it's more of a drawback than anything....although I can disable the audio on the monitor I believe.

Anyone know anything about the aspect ratio of a widescreen monitor? I have it set to stretch vs 4:3, but I'm not certain I like either. Are there any other options anyone knows of? It would be nice if I could set it so that windows that are not set to fullscreen, are not stretched (if that makes sense)....however, I'm fairly certain that this is not possible.
The monitor specs will tell you what resolution it supports, you then set the graphics on the computer to that setting, do not use any stretch settings on the monitor.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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The monitor specs will tell you what resolution it supports, you then set the graphics on the computer to that setting, do not use any stretch settings on the monitor.
Yeah, that makes a lot more sense than stretching, which is real ugly. My current PC is old (8 years), and I'm waiting for my new tower to arrive via UPS this weekend (I ordered the monitor and the tower separately).

I'll probably hold off on fixing it until the new tower arrives, as I'm assuming my current video card and drivers won't support the new widescreen resolution.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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Yeah, that makes a lot more sense than stretching, which is real ugly. My current PC is old (8 years), and I'm waiting for my new tower to arrive via UPS this weekend (I ordered the monitor and the tower separately).

I'll probably hold off on fixing it until the new tower arrives, as I'm assuming my current video card and drivers won't support the new widescreen resolution.
An 8 year old PC does not have an HDMI output, nor is it likely that it will support the resolution the monitor is designed to run at, so your probably stuck until it's replaced.
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