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I've borrowed a Dell 3007 WFP-HC monitor and it will only do 1280x800 and 2560x1600 resolutions crisply due to its lack of a real scaler. Every other resolution is fuzzy. 1280x800 is pixelated and I doubt my PC can play games at a reasonable frame rate at 2560x1600. Can I get something in between that looks good?

I have a GeForce GTX 560 video card and Windows 7. Is it possible to get the GPU to render at a more reasonable resolution, say 1920x1200, and stretch it to the native 2560x1600 to make the monitor happy? I've been poking at the NVIDIA Control Panel but to no effect.

UPDATE: The NVIDIA control panel marks 1280x800 as "native" and not 2560x1600.

Thank you.

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(Note: I only have my work machine running an Nvidia card, and that is on WinXP, so some of the directions may require adaptation to the Windows 7 version of the utility).

First you need to enable the resolution, and since your display doesn't have 1920x1200, you have to create a custom resolution. In Nvidia Control Panel, go to the Change Resolution page, and select Custom Resolution. It should show you a list of a whole bunch of resolutions, but you want to select 1920x1200 at 60Hz (32-bit). If this is greyed-out, make sure to check the box that says Enable resolutions not exposed by the display. If this resolution is not available in the list, you will have to create your own custom resolution, setting Horiz pixels to 1920, Vert lines to 1200, and refresh rate to 60.

Now, if your monitor truly doesn't have a scaler, then the picture will be resized and smaller than the actual area of the display. To correct this, go to Adjust desktop size and position tab and select Use NVIDIA scaling. You could also choose Use NVIDIA scaling with fixed-aspect ratio; it doesn't matter since both 1200p and your monitor's native resolution are both 8:5.

Hope this helps!

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I'd poked at the custom resolution thing and it gave me DIRE WARNINGS that they could not be held responsible for what happened next. Not wanting to open a 30" portal to Hell (even the smaller demons that can squeeze through can be trouble) I demurred. Also its a borrowed monitor so I don't feel as cavalier as if it were my own. ANYWAY if it worked for you I'll give it a shot. But first... AVAUNT!!! Ok, you're not a demon here to trick me. – Schwern Nov 29 '12 at 22:43

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