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I hooked an old Compaq Presario running Windows XP to an Acer 20" monitor capable of 1680x1050 resolution, because I need Windows to get into work from home and I want the screen real estate. But Windows doesn't give me any widescreen resolution options for the display. All the web searching I've done says update the driver (which I have done), or the hardware won't support widescreen. But if I boot up in Ubuntu, I get full 1680x1050 glory! So surely there must be a Windows driver out there somewhere that'll make this work. Right? Does anybody have any ideas?

Chipset is VIA/SG3 UniChrome IGP. Current driver version is 6.14.10.212, dated 3/9/2005. (U.S. date format, I believe -- m/d/y)

Edit: The machine is a Compaq Presario SR1230NX. Can't get the motherboard info just now.

Edit 2: System specs here (including motherboard info): http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00239779&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=431082

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Sometimes going under "Display Properties", "Advanced", "Adapter" then "List All Modes..." you'll have that resolution listed there. Select it. If not, select the highest resolution available. Occasionally this will reset your Windows Display Settings and you'll be able to use the scroll bar to set your proper resolution.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I know it's not listed in "List All Modes...". The highest resolution is 1600x1200; I'll try that. I've selected it from the slider before. The display is readable, but the monitor says "Mode not supported". I'll see if it gives me more options. Can't try it until tonight, though. –  Fred Larson Oct 25 '11 at 19:37
    
I tried it. Didn't get any more options. –  Fred Larson Oct 26 '11 at 2:37
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A more recent driver display is possibly to be found here : version 6.14.10.364 from April 28, 2007. (No guarantee that it will work.)

I would also suggest to flash your BIOS to the latest version, taking all due precautions and downloading the update only from the manufacturer's site.

For further and more detailed advice, please add the exact model of the computer and the motherboard.

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That driver is for VIA/SG3 UniChrome Pro, but mine doesn't seem to be the "Pro". Not sure it would work. I could try the BIOS flash (something I've never attempted). But Ubuntu works with the current BIOS. Why wouldn't Windows? –  Fred Larson Oct 27 '11 at 14:11
    
Probably the Ubuntu driver is better, and BIOS update is a standard catch-all advice I use. The HP video driver is older than yours, so yours must have come from Windows Update. It's interesting to know if there is an optional driver waiting in Windows Update. Also see if the programs in this article can come up with a later video driver (but read also the comments and never pay for a driver). Create a system restore point first, in case. –  harrymc Oct 27 '11 at 14:59
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See if there are updates for your video card, or consider changing the card...

I hooked up an old Win2000 PC here to a 42" plasma, it had an old AGPx2 'Rage 3D' card and wouldn't support higher than 1024x768 so i replaced it with a AGPx4 ATI Radeon 9700 Pro i had hanging around (and paid alot of money for many years ago!) and it gave us full 16:9... 1920x1080 glory! :)

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Finding a newer driver that will support widescreen resolution is really the point of my question. I'd put in another video card if I had one lying around, but I don't. And I'm not really interested in spending money upgrading this old beast. –  Fred Larson Nov 4 '11 at 13:02
    
Mine was an old card from home from my retired gaming rig i hadn't quite found a home for... A suitable retirement for a volt modded and overclocked card that had a hard life! –  HaydnWVN Nov 4 '11 at 17:19
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