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I have BenQ T241WA monitor. It uses VGA.

With regular cable it is Ok and I can set it native resolution 1920x1200 Right now I need a longer cable. When I plug longer VGA cable I get max resolution 1600x1200.

I wish to force video adapter to use 1920x1200 instead of 1600x1200. How do I do that?

OS: Windows 7 64 bit
Video: NVidia GeForce 9500 GT
Monitor: Generic Non-PnP Monitor

With original cable monitor is defined as Generic PnP Monitor. PnP is not working over longer cable.

I ask about how to force Windows 7 to use different resolution then default max 1600x1200.

On Linux I can edit xorg.conf. What Windows offer as alternative?

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Check the graphics control center. I have a Dell Ultrasharp 2412 (1920*1200) and it works fine with VGA (i have a GF9500GS at the desktop and an intel |something| laptop card), but both use linux, so it is related to the OS/Driver. – Cláudio Pereira Dec 29 '12 at 19:57
Thanks @Claudiop If I connect regular short VGA cable then it has all options as well. The problem when I connect longer cable. – Max Dec 29 '12 at 20:00
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The VGA standard cable has no limit resolution, but a longer cable will catch more noise until a point where it limits the resolution.

So the only thing that limits the resolution is the bandwidth that the cable is able to transfer, if the cable is unable to transfer enought bandwidth to make a complete 1920x1200 screen, the only thing that you can do is buy a better quality cable or use a shorter one.


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I wish to know how to force video adapter to transmit signal with resolution I define. On linux I can do that in xorg.conf. I do not know how to do it in Windows 7. – Max Dec 29 '12 at 22:15
Try this: I can't test, i don't use windows. – Cláudio Pereira Dec 30 '12 at 1:18
Have been there many times and have not noticed that. Thanks! – Max Dec 30 '12 at 8:21

Changing to a different cable did the trick for me. I didn't expect that to be honest... Windows now automatically used 1920x1200 for the VGA screen. Cable was the same length but maybe better shielded.

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This simply repeats the accepted answer. – Chenmunka Dec 3 '15 at 13:14

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