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Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Side Effects
Posted: 1:01:00 PM 0 comments
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I don't know where or why, but at some point I lost Open GL capability on my Raedon 8500. I ended up going to for the latest drivers just to be safe.

It didn't fix my OpenGL problem, but the next time I showed up in the Display Properties, I had a surprise waiting for me - more video options! For the past several years I've been running at a 1600 by 1200 resolution, largely because my 19" Mag Innovision monitor supposedly can't do more.

Well, these new drivers certainly put this monitor in it's place. It can go as high as 1920 by 1440! Unfortunately for me, that is only available in a 60 Hz refresh rate which kills my eyes, I have found through testing I need at least 66 Hz.

However, I was able to squeeze another 384,000 pixels out of my desktop, expanding the right edge of my screen by a full 320 pixels to a new resolution of 1920 by 1200, running at 75 Hz! It's going to take a while to get used to the horizontal compression I'm sure, but hey, I'll take all the pixels I can get. The more, the merrier.

I've heard of some programs that allow you to tweak the refresh rate of your video. I may try that later and see if I can't fake out my monitor to run the 1920 by 1440 at 66 Hz or more, which is approximately the lower limit of comfort for my eyes. But for now, viva la desktop real estate!

Oh yeah, if you know how to fix my OpenGL, let me know...

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