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Old 08-17-2008, 01:51 PM
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Bear with me, I know not what I ask...I just bought a new 22" HP 2207 monitor and I love the colors, but everything looks so stretched out and a little distorted. Is this just my eyes adjusting from a 17" and I'll get used to it, or do I have something set wrong? Actually, I didn't set anything, I plugged it in and away it went. I feel like it takes forever to get to the end of a sentence. I'd like for the text to be a little tighter since I proofread about 80% of the day.

One other question - I've done the volume adjusting on the control panel, the keyboard, and the monitor itself since it has built in speakers. The sound is weaker than I would have imagined and certainly weaker than I would like. Again, am I confused or do I just say it is what it is and go on?
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:18 PM
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Check your documentation for the monitors native resolution. This is, supposedly, the resolution at which the monitor displays best.

As for the sound, unplug and replug both ends to make sure they are seated correctly. Give 'em a good push. Also try the connection on the front of your PC if it has one, or the rear if you're already using ones on the front.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:44 AM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Heh. Wide screen monitor. Go into your control panel display section and try some different resolutions. You may need to letterbox to get rid of the distortion.

Sound - you probably have a line out connector and a speaker connector on your sound card. Try swapping the plug from one to the other.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:08 PM
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Ok if it is a widescreen monitor you need to set it to a widescreen resolution. Hopefully your graphics card supports this. Most widescreen monitors have a 16 x 10 aspect ratio so what you need to do is scroll through the resolution settings and apply the one which has the same aspect ratio of 16 x 10.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:01 AM
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I'm slowly getting used to it, although what a letterbox is makes me scratch my head...and a graphics card that supports it...hmmm...don't have a clue on that one.

I don't think there's much to adjust. It does some sort of self-adjusting thing when I turn it on, or at least it says it is...some 1050 x something.

Everything is so wonderful now - you no longer get directions, you get a sheet of pictures that make no sense to the clueless. Sigh. I guess I'll just punch buttons on it until something comes up in a language I can comprehend. I think I'm too basic for you guys, lol! Maybe wander back over to the store today and get a crash course. If I can't read it, I can't understand it - but I think the problem was more of a change for my eyes than anything else. So used to the smaller screen, I feel like I'm sitting in an IMAX or something...

1680 x 1050 - found it! And so much better, the screen is just WIDE...

Still having some difficulty with the speakers, which I have in the back of the CPU and the monitor. No change if I move to the front...I can't imagine the speakers could be too terribly powerful and it all sounds very good through the headphones, just not if I try unplugging everything and listening to music or something. I use headphones daily with my work, so I don't guess that's a big deal...just curious.

Thank you all - at least the text is tight now.

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Old 08-20-2008, 02:04 AM
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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If you hve tried moving the audio connector from the monitor to various conections on the back of the desktop, normally the green one is amplified and a black one could be line in or line out. You really need to see the icon.

You may also try looking at all the settings on the monitor, look for one labled audio. there may be a mute or volume setting there you can adjust.

Good luck.
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