i seem to always have trouble with computer monitors and getting the right display properties. one big problem is that the resolution settings are saved and that the default setting is always the very highest that a monitor can perform.
used to be in Windows 7 that could tweak the registry entries as a last resort, but haven’t had any luck with that in Windows 8. So ok, i have an extended desktop. And i want my big monitor to have the 1920×1080 and the smaller one to have the 1366×768. it really shouldn’t be that hard, you use either Windows or the ATI control center to set the resolution values.
But when i put the big monitor into 1080i (1920×1080) — Windows reads it wrong and all the start tiles become enlarged with only 4 tiles to the rows. same with explorer bar, the whole immersive interface is reading the res. values wrong and making it like i selected a 200% DPI.
tried everything and had to give up and select a different resolution value, a smaller value so that thing would not appear so large on the screen. that’s like opposite to what would normally do. so the big monitor has to be at 1000i (1776×1000) when i want it at 1080i.
and the small monitor i want at 1366×768 – but if i use windows to put it in that setting, the image on the display squishes down – you know like when you are watching tv and the aspect ratio is all off making everyone look like UmpaLumpas. if i use ATI to set the res values, it is unstable. will blink in and out, or if it is perfect, when reboot the system next day, it is all messed up. somehow the Windows system is not reading the firmware right, and so there is an inch of blank space all around the edges of the display (the image does not fill the display). going into the monitor settings on this particular display does not help. normally you should be able to set it to fill the screen, but it was ALREADY set to fill the screen. toggling it in and out did nothing. toggling the ATI settings to fill the screen instead of maintaining aspect ratio, did nothing.
so for the small monitor, all the Windows res. values are messed up unless you go into the higher range — and the lowest high-range value i could get to display with the right aspect ratio, was 1600×900. so for my extended desktop, the bigger monitor has to be at a lower value than i would like. and the small one has to be at a higher value than i would like.
which means stuff is displaying too big on the big and too small on the small. and this should not be such a complicated thing. while i can still use it as it is — if setting preferred values for screen resolution is going to be such a difficult thing —- why do we even have the option?
like if there is this much probability for complete and utter screw up for the display properties, wouldn’t it make sense to just automatically set them and leave it at that? Because i don’t know what kind of insanity this is, but i’m pretty sure it’s some form of over the rainbow …
while most problems setting res values occur when setting up dual monitors … there is a unique advantage in Windows 8 when running the dual desktop. you can bring up the start tiles on either monitor, and bounce the windows back and forth however you want. it’s a pretty dang smooth and awesome system.
now if it would just behave for setting the res. values! it’s probably the BIOS, because have the same issue in Windows 7 on the same machine. (is a dual-boot computer). which would mean it’s not even Window’s fault. would just be nice though if they or ATI could somehow fix things ………….. maybe a separate switch that is set to either 3:4 or 16:9.