What resolution does this sharp flat screen have

Monitor: Set a sharp picture with the flat screen

One of the strengths of flat screens compared to most tube monitors is the steady image display (no flickering of the image) and a razor-sharp display of text.

In order to achieve the best image quality, you have to pay attention to a few things in the settings, otherwise in the worst case you will get the opposite effect - a blurry, unclean image.

If your screen does not deliver razor-sharp images, you can go through the individual points in this tip, because in most cases there are only setting errors that can be easily rectified.

1. Optimal setting of the resolution of a screen

In contrast to tube monitors, the resolution of the pixels on a flat screen cannot be set arbitrarily. Each screen has specified an optimal resolution based on the structural specifications of the manufacturer. If a value other than the one recommended by the manufacturer is set, the picture will be blurred and muddy.

You can usually find out which screen resolution is optimal for your monitor from the manual or you can ask a computer dealer at any time. Since there is only one optimal resolution, you can also very easily find out for yourself by testing different resolutions on your monitor.

Set the resolution of the screen with Windows XP

  • Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and select the "Properties" option.
  • In the "Display Properties" window that pops up, select the "Settings" tab
  • There you will find a slider in the "Screen resolution" field at the bottom left.
  • You can now move the slider with the mouse (click and hold down the left mouse button), whereby the corresponding screen resolution is displayed in each position.
  • Select a resolution and click on "accept". I recommend you take a quick look at a text document for each resolution - the easiest way to tell whether the setting is razor-sharp is by the typeface of the letters. If the result is not ideal, repeat the process until the writing appears undistorted and sharp.

Adjusting the resolution of the screen with Windows 7

  • Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select the "Screen resolution" option. Alternatively, you can find these settings via the path "Start button" (button with the Windows logo in the task bar) -> "Control Panel" -> "Appearance and Personalization" -> "Adjust screen resolution".
  • If you do not know the optimal resolution of your screen, click on the "Detect" option first. Then you will automatically be shown which resolution would be optimal for your screen.
  • Otherwise you will find a drop-down menu next to the "Resolution" entry where you can set the resolution yourself. Here you should choose the setting that is shown as "Recommended".
  • At the end click on "Apply" to save the best setting.

If you have connected the monitor via a digital graphics port, this type of sharpness adjustment is not necessary. If you operate the monitor via the analog connection, two other parameters can influence the sharpness of the picture.

2. Optimize the clock speed and phase timing setting on the monitor

Look for the "Auto-Adjust function" on your monitor. With most flat screens, this is the easiest way to optimize the pixel clock (clock speed) or the phase alignment of the monitor signal (phase timing). If this still does not lead to the desired result, you can also adjust these parameters manually in the setup menu of your monitor. If you make changes, don't forget to save the optimal setting at the end.

3. Set the optimal refresh rate for the monitor

With the monitor you do not have to set the frame rate as high as possible - in contrast to the tube - so that you get a flicker-free picture. A refresh rate of 60 Hz (vertical frequency) is sufficient to get a calm and clean display. If you do not know which frame rate is running on your PC, you can find out quickly with just a few clicks of the mouse.

How do I find out the refresh rate in Windows XP?

  • Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and select the "Properties" option.
  • In the "Display Properties" window that pops up, select the "Settings" tab and then click the "Advanced" button
  • In the next display, select the "Monitor" tab -> here you will find a drop-down menu where you can set the screen refresh rate manually.
  • If you make changes to the setting, confirm the change by pressing the "Apply" button.

How do I find out the refresh rate in Windows 7?

  • Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select the "Screen resolution" option. Alternatively, you can find these settings via the path "Start button" (button with the Windows logo in the task bar) -> "Control Panel" -> "Appearance and Personalization" -> "Adjust screen resolution".
  • There click on the link "Advanced Settings".
  • In the next window select the "Monitor" tab. Here you can see or change the current setting in the "Monitor settings" -> "Screen refresh rate" field.

With these small adjustments you should be able to optimally adjust a fuzzy monitor.

Have fun with a sharp picture on your monitor!

Wacki Bauer