Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Philips monitor capable of displaying 1680x1050, which I am currently using and it works fine. But sometimes I'd like to connect this monitor to an older laptop whose native resolution is 1024x768. But when I connect the laptop's external video output to the monitor, I can see only about 80% of the display (ie, the boundaries are not correct). I tried to adjust the monitor's settings (via the monitor's own buttons) but it doesn't work. Nor the "auto adjust" button on the monitor.

Any ideas?

share|improve this question

migrated from Jun 15 '13 at 14:20

This question came from our site for electronics and electrical engineering professionals, students, and enthusiasts.

Not really a good fit for this site, sorry. I proposed migration to one of the daughter sites, but not sure if it will be accepted. – jippie Jun 15 '13 at 13:20
Point is consumer electronics are off topic here per our faq. I voted for migration as well. – Camil Staps Jun 15 '13 at 13:43
"It doesn't work" is not helpful. What goes wrong? – David Schwartz Jun 16 '13 at 0:00
The boundaries are not right -- the monitor is displaying only the middle "window" of what should be displayed -- the outermost areas disappeared into the margins -- on all sides. I can adjust that "window" to move around a bit (using monitor's buttons), but never able to view the entire screen. I expect the monitor should work because it is capable of much higher resolution, and 1024x768 is very standard.... – Yan King Yin Jun 16 '13 at 6:49
For example, I press "auto adjust" on the monitor, and the display wriggles a little (not much), and still the result is that only the central portion is displayed. I also tried to adjust the horizontal and vertical positions, the "frequency" (tried all its range), and the "phase", all have little to no effect. – Yan King Yin Jun 16 '13 at 6:53

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .