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16:9 and Sony GDM-FW900

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Tony, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. Tony

    Tony Guest

    I have an ATI 9600 running under XP Pro. Using the 6.14.10 drivers. We just
    dispositioned a lot of gear at work, and I got my hands on a mint Sony
    widescreen FW900. I set it up okay at 1600x1200, but I'm wondering why I
    can't set it up at 1600x1024 (which the Sony supports). Can the 9600 support
    this resolution, but for some reason it's not available in XP? I suspected
    that maybe the 9600 just didn't support 1600x1024, so I tried 1920x1080
    (true 16x9), and I got a display that I could not map entirely into the
    viewable area. That is, it looked like it just took the center 40% of my
    desktop and mapped it to the viewable display area, kind of like what
    happens when you have a desktop across multiple displays. The problem was I
    couldn't get either side back onto the FW900.

    So my basic question is how do I get a 16:9 (or 1600x1024 if that's
    possible) configuration to work with this setup?

    I installed the FW900 XP inf drivers, BTW.
    Tony, Mar 5, 2005
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  2. This is a question you need to explore on the ATI site.
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 5, 2005
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    Chris Catt Guest

    Hi, to get the correct resolution you will require the video card drivers
    from Sony and/or the monitor inf. ATI do not provide drivers directly for
    mobile graphics...
    Chris Catt, Mar 5, 2005
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    J. Clarke Guest

    J. Clarke, Mar 5, 2005
  5. Tony

    Tony Guest

    Thanks John. I installed it. It will certainly give me 1600x1024 (very
    nice), but when I select that resolution it does the same thing as when I
    select 1920x1080 - it fill a 4:3 sized center portion of the display with
    about 40% of my desktop. Any further help you can give would be most

    Let me add that after I "activated" the 1600x1024 capability I made the
    resolution change using Display Properties. Is that not the right way to do
    it with PowerStrip installed?
    Tony, Mar 5, 2005
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    Todd Sauve Guest

    You are attempting to use other than 4x3 resolutions on your crt. Won't work, as you can
    see. The best you would ever be able to come up with would be letter-boxing of the screen.

    Stick with true 4x3 resolutions and you'll be ok. Even 1280x1024 is NOT a true 4x3
    setting, it is 4x5.

    Why do you want these wide-screen resolutions? Watching 16x9 DVDs?
    Todd Sauve, Mar 5, 2005
  7. Tony

    J. Clarke Guest

    Actually it's 5:4.

    Now why would he want to use 5:4 on a monitor whose aspect ratio is closer
    to 16:9?????

    Perhaps it has escaped your notice that all CRTs are not 4:3.
    Maybe displaying two pages side by side full size like Sony shows in their
    J. Clarke, Mar 5, 2005
  8. Tony

    Tony Guest

    The FW900 is a true widescreen display.

    Tony, Mar 5, 2005
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    J. Clarke Guest

    I researched this a little more and found out that it's an ATI-specific
    problem. There's a short thread about it on Rage3d,
    with a couple of not very elegant solutions.
    J. Clarke, Mar 5, 2005
  10. Tony

    Tony Guest

    Thanks again, John. It seems like one person with a UK email indicated he
    had the timings. Seems a little odd that he didn't post them for all to see.
    Tony, Mar 6, 2005
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    Todd Sauve Guest

    Yes, there are a handfull of 16x9 aspect CRTs. Perhaps that is what this Sony is, eh?

    If this is the case then it is my mistake :(
    Todd Sauve, Mar 6, 2005
  12. Oh look - another top posting idiot! You didn't read the OP's question at
    all, did you?! WTF did he say he was using a laptop?! The FW900 is a
    *MONITOR*! Why on earth Sony would offer drivers for a ATI graphics card
    I've absolutely no idea. You do not require the monitor file.
    Miss Perspicacia Tick, Mar 6, 2005
  13. Also, I have never seen a 9600 card that small.
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 6, 2005
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Huh? Not a "card" but many laptops have Radeon 9600s.
    J. Clarke, Mar 6, 2005
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