Change windows resolution to see more content

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by trozos, May 22, 2014.

  1. trozos

    trozos New Member

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    Hi, I have a 1680x1050 lg monitor.
    Using nvidia custom resolution I can get 1920x1080
    (haven't tried the possibly dangerous resolutions, yet)
    The quality isn't important, but I only get a more or less 3% of extra content with 1920x1080

    Can windows generate a for example, 2560x1600 output
    to be resized via graphic card to my 1680x1080?
    I assume I'm talking nonsense but I hope you understand me..

    summing up, is there anyway to get higher "fake" resolution from windows
    to see more content while using programs?

    thanks
     
    #1 trozos, May 22, 2014
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  2. Fixer1234

    Fixer1234 Senior Member

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    If the custom resolution of 1920x1080 was actually being produced on your monitor, you would be getting 18% more content. You are probably not getting what you think you're getting. For example, are you sure that you are not just losing content from the edges (displaying 1680x1050 from the middle of a 1920x1080 image)? Your monitor has a fixed pattern of pixels. It cannot display more pixels than that.

    Displaying actual resolutions higher than the monitor specs used to be possible in the days of CRTs when the image was analog. There were video cards that did that by playing games with the visual decay in your eyes and manipulating multiple scans to create synthetic images of higher resolution. The results were abysmal, though, migraine-producing. For practical purposes with LED/LCD monitors, the native resolution of your monitor is the highest you can go in terms of actually displaying the unaltered image.

    It sounds like you are willing to settle for something that shrinks higher-resolution content to fit on your monitor. The effect would be the same as shrinking any digital image. All of the actual content will get averaged/dithered to fit in fewer pixels so you will lose detail. You won't actually see more content but a smaller, cruder version of more content. Text is likely to become unreadable.

    Many programs have a zoom function that will do that for its own window or full screen view. I'm not aware of one that will function like a video driver to shrink a larger virtual screen onto you monitor.

    Your video driver may, however, allow you to create a huge virtual screen with your monitor acting like a scrollable window into it.
     
  3. Pauli

    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    Generally, I would recommend to stick with the monitor's nominal resolution. There are ways to tweak things but
    a. What does it do to the hardware?
    b. What does it do to possible warranties?

    You can zoom your screen by CTRL and + key, or CTRL and scroll your mouse wheel.
     

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