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Display problems with Apple Cinema display

Discussion in 'ATI' started by The Dave 3000, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. I have a 23" apple cinema display connected to my PC running an ATI Radeon
    9800 graphics card. The monitor works beautifully and is plugged into the
    DVI port on the card. I am running the monitor at 1920x1200 resolution in
    Windows and it looks fantastic. When checking the display properties in the
    card I see that I can ramp the resolution all the way down to 640x480 - and
    when set to this mode works just fine with the monitor.

    Here is the problem...

    At bootup, the Apple Cinema display will not display the Windows XP boot up
    screen. Instead, it just goes through a phases of alternating dark screens
    and the first image I see is the blue "welcome" screen inside Windows XP and
    then the log in screen. Why this is a problem is because it appears I can't
    see anything at a resolution lower than 640x480. The boot up screen and the
    disk utility screens for windows (chkdsk /f) are set to 320x240 I believe.
    That means if I run a chkdsk /f I cannot see any of the activity on that
    screen at reboot. More importantly, when I updated to new video drivers it
    left me with only a dark screen. I had to connect the PC up to a CRT manual
    before I could get an image and set the settings back to a display setting
    that would work with the apple cinema display.

    3 questions:

    1. Has anybody else experienced this and know of a work around?
    2. Is this a limitation of the monitor or of my video card?
    3. Does anybody know if Vista is going to also utilize low resolution
    screens at boot up in 320x240 mode?

    Thanks in advance for any help/info you can offer.
    The Dave 3000, Aug 8, 2006
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  2. The Dave 3000

    mmedic123 Guest

    I have the same setup (Dell Dimension 8300 with RADEON 9800 non PRO)
    and I am seriously considering to buy Apple Cinema 23" LCD monitor
    within the next week. I wanted to see if you would be willing to share
    your experience with the display. What is the monitor like? Is the
    display just as good as when plugged into the Mac? What are the
    downsides (besides the price) etc. Anything you are willing to share
    and you think may be important.

    I would very much appreciate the response.

    mmedic123, Aug 26, 2006
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  3. The Apple 23" cinema display is absolutely stunning on the PC. It looks
    better on the Mac using the aqua graphics interface built into OS X, but it
    still looks very good on Windows XP. Apple uses some of the finest screens
    available in their monitors, so you definitely get what you pay for with
    this monitor. The only downsides are the problem that I listed in the
    newsgroup. That being I have not been able to get the monitor to show a
    display in resolutions below 640x480. Since the Windows boot screen (and
    some diagnostic screens) run in 320x240, I am unable to see those on this
    monitor. I am not sure whether it is a limitation of the graphics card or
    the monitor. By the way, I have the ATI Radeon 9700 and not the 9800 as
    mentioned in my post. The only other thing to know is that the monitor MUST
    be plugged into a DVI port on the back of your graphics card. A VGA to DVI
    adapter will NOT work. Apple has dropped the prices on their monitors so
    you've picked a good time to pick one up. Enjoy.
    The Dave 3000, Aug 29, 2006
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