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    Xenarc 800x480

    I just received my Xenarc today.

    640x480 resolution is ok, but not great. The native resolution of the screen is 800x480, so naturally, that would look better.

    I downloaded PowerStrip, and tried to make 800x480 work on my display.

    Video Card is a GeForce3 Ti200.

    At first, I was not very happy with the picture. It would go between clear and blurry at different spots in the screen.

    After much tweaking of timing settings in PowerStrip, many of which I do not know what they do, I was able to get a clear picture. It looked very nice. But, a few things seem wrong.

    First, everytime I rebooted, readjustment was required.

    Second, often when I got the best picture, "Unknown Mode" would appear on the screen.

    Third, when I bring up the OSD menu, it says 640x480 even when I give it an 800x480 signal.

    Also, sometimes I'll get it so the image is clear, but not centered on the screen. When I try to move it, either with the OSD menu or with settings in PowerStrip, the picture changes, or blanks out.

    Does anybody know how to do this correctly?

    Is there an easier way, without PowerStrip?

    For the amount this display cost, I really expect that it should live up to its specs.

    Thanks,
    Ben

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    Im formatting and installing win2k on my carputer right now, Ill mess with ps soon as its done. I think we are going to end up emailing xenarc about this though, because none of us have had luck getting 800x480 to work 100%... We really shouldnt have to use a third party app to set this. Think about it, what OS runs 800x480 natively? If they are going to use a weird res like that, they should write software to accomodate it Or atleast thats my opinion.
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    I am not sure if this applies or not, but I thought I read about a registry hack that would let you set any screen resolution you wanted...

    found it:

    Any way to set custom resolutions under winXP

    Check out the last post!

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    Also, if you read the monitors documentation you'll notice that the monitor works best in refresh rates below 75hz. If you're getting a fuzzy or wavey picture it's probably your refresh rate.
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    Refresh Rate

    For an LCD display, just go ahead and set the refresh rate to default. You'll never see flicker, LCDs don't work that way.

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    Well I tried multires, that doesnt work. I tried the registry hack, and it doesnt work either (it goes to 720x480 for some reason when you reboot, so the xenarc doesnt display anything, but you can see its 720x480 if you switch to another monitor). Kinda sucks hehe.
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    I was using 640x480 on mine and it looked great.... I haven't tried to do 800x480 but I've got a radeon aiw and everything is nice and chrisp.... I'm buying one of those "cappucino" bare bones boxes from directron so its got an i810 so I hope it looks as good.

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    Well, I wrote a quick program using winAPI calls to change the res to 800x480, and it fails to do so. It works if I try to change to 800x600, or something native like that, but the other modes wont change. I guess no one has successfully changed theirs?
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    Just putting my nose in to mention that I have a Toshiba Libretto, with a native display of wait for it... 800x480.

    It will even output this through the vga port, so if I had a Xenarc it would be in true 800x480.

    It's just an option in the video settings. The OS has nothing to do with it. Windows will support any resolution you can throw at it. Its the video card that doesnt seem to support the 800x480 mode.

    My libbretto has had 95, 98, 2000, NT on it and linux, all fine in 800x480 mode.

    Dave

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