Here's my dilemna:
My Samsung Syncmaster 204b monitor (which I really liked) developed capacitor problems in it's electrical supply circuit causing it to flash and blink on and off until it "warmed up" and flickered into stability. Fixing it involves removing the bad caps and installing new ones and I was resolved to doing this until I bought a used Samsung 216bw 22" Widescreen. It's great. Except: I can't change the display resolution to it's native 1680 x 1050, either through the ATI Catalyst Control Center or the Windows Diplay Properties ... There are all kinds of resolutions to pick from in the display property settings except for the needed 1680x1050!! The closest I can come to approximating what I had on my previous monitor is 1280 x 960 which results in a horizontally stretched display (windows, icons, fonts etc). Nearly all the settings result in the stretched picture which throws off all the window proportions. I have tried them all! The few resolutions that do display the correct proportions are so low as to make fonts, icons etc annoyingly pixelated.
I have updated my ATI Radeon HD4200 (integrated) graphics card drivers and the driver for the Samsung monitor which still did not add a 1680x1050 option. I can use a lower resolution in order to get the proper proportion, but then that lower resolution makes everything pixelated and I lose a lot of screen real estate and I think, "So what's the bloody point of a high resolution, widescreen monitor when you can't get the higher resolution??!!" I have trolled the online forums without much success except one solution being to edit the Windows registry and create a custom resolution of 1680x1050, but there's no way I'm messing with the registry, so unless someone here has done that and says "yeah, that works" that not an option.
Is there a way to create a custom resolution with the ATI HD 4200?
Am I going to have to get a new graphics card?
Any suggestions? Or a point in the right direction?
Thanks, HG Guy