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ATI Radeon 9800 and Apple Cinema Display

Discussion in 'ATI' started by George Chapman, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. Hello everyone. I have spent the last few hours searching google for
    some answers to these questions without much luck, so I thought I
    would post them out there and see if anyone can help.

    I have a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, with an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card. I
    am running Windows XP.

    I am interested in picking up an Apple 20" Cinema Display. I know
    some people have had some luck with this (especially with the ATI
    cards), but I still have some concerns:

    1) The native resolution for this monitor is 1680x1050, and although
    the ATI drivers support it, some people have reported problems seeing
    anything on the monitor until Windows boots (thereby precluding access
    to the bios settings). Can anyone confirm if this is true? I would
    have thought the PC would try to put the monitor into some other
    resolution that it could handle.

    2) What happens if I pick a game and try to play it at 1024x768 or
    1280x1024? Does the game get centered in the monitor or does it get
    stretched? Is that something that is configurable?

    Thanks in advance for any answers you all can provide. They are much
    George Chapman, Jan 31, 2004
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  2. George Chapman

    Kristin Guest


    I am using an ACD as my primary monitor (along with a samsung crt) on a PC
    (XP Home), 9800 Pro. I am new to this but I will give you my experience.

    1. I love the clarity of this monitor!
    2.I am using the 1680x1050 setting. When I boot, I see the boot info on my
    secondary monitor...the apple is black until windows is loading. I suppose
    if I wanted to make some changes to the bios, I would set the crt as primary
    display temporarily.
    3.If you use another resolution, in "display properties" of the ati control
    panel you are given the option of "scale image to panel size". If you choose
    this option, the image will be stretched. Otherwise it will be centered.
    4.I chose not to install the hydravision features on advice from this group;
    the dual display capability is seamless. The extra real estate (second
    monitor and the size of the acd) leaves me wondering how I ever had room to

    Like I said, I am just getting acquainted with this setup so...hth...

    Kristin, Jan 31, 2004
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