Having problems with your Gateway FPD2275W LCD Monitor ?

Text/picture shadow Recently I've noticed what appears to be a shadow appearing mostly with text but in some picture as well. It makes the screen look a little blurry. It's not bad but just enough to irritate me. Any suggestions?


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Hi rustybob,

I have a solution for ya, but there are a couple of variables that could be involved. I assume it's an LCD monitor? How many inches is the viewing area, and what model is it? When you look at an LCD monitor, you pay attention to three main features for quality:

Contrast Ratio : This is the difference between the darkest black and brightest white. Anywhere from 600:1 (very poor) and 3000:1 (very good) are common. This could affect the display quality.

Refresh Rate : This is the amount of time it takes for the screen to entirely refresh the current image on display with a newer version. Think about watching a movie, and the screen quickly flickers to a different scene. This happens thousands of times per second. It is measures in milliseconds when discussing LCD monitors, and anywhere from 8-16 is normal. For viewing purposes, the smallest number is preferred.

Maximum Resolution : Your screen is a physically set dimension of space on your desk, but the amount of pixels that it displays can be changed by your video settings. Pixels are the small square specs of color that fill your entire screen with your images and text. The higher the resolution, the more blocks of color, the greater the 'crispness' or accuracy of detail can be perceived. This factor is most likely the cause of your blurry, or shadow effects.

When your computer is displaying picture at a lower resolution (for example: 800 x 600) there is less pixels of information between text or images. Therefore in order to simulate definition between contrasting colors, your video card will send information to your monitor that is not accurate, and often blurry or appearing out of focus. You do not need glasses, this is something the computer does to utilize your resolution (remember, resolution is the proportions of pixels on your screen, width x height).

To fix this, you need to answer one of the first questions we considered : How many inches of viewing area is your monitor? There is a term called 'Native Resolution' which refers to a set of resolutions you can set your monitor to to achieve the best visual quality.
If your monitor is square shaped, try 1024 x 768 or 1280 x 1024.
if your monitor is widescreen, or rectangular shaped, try 1280 x 800, or 1400 x 900.

In order to change your display settings, simply right-click anywhere on your desktop and select 'properties' or 'personalize' from the menu. Locate the tab labeled 'display' or menu option 'display settings' to be able to adjust your settings as you choose. Play with your resolution settings until you find one that looks clear, and you can still read. If you accidentally change your resolution to higher dimensions than your monitor can support, it will automatically revert back to your last working settings after 15 seconds.

Hope that helps!
This could be caused by any number of things. The first thing I would check is to make sure you have the cable plugged into both the monitor and the computer snuggly and that it hasn't come loose (if you haven't screwed the cable in using the thumb screws then you should). If this doesn't fix the problem I would check to make sure you are using the recommended resolution and refresh rate for your monitor (this can usually be found in the manual or if you change these settings some monitors will even tell you what the recommended settings are if you set them to something other then what is recommended). If you are using a Windows based PC you can check your resolution by right clicking anywhere there is a free spot on your desktop and choosing properties (or personalize if you are using Vista). This should bring up your display settings. If you click on the Advanced button and then click on Monitor you can change the refresh rate also. If you set it to something wrong just do not hit any keys or press any mouse buttons for 15 seconds and your computer should automatically revert to the setting you were using before. If none of these works and the cable running from your monitor to your computer is detachable then replacing the cable is recommended. Replacing it with a shielded cable that is gold tipped will provide the best connection (espically if you are using a longer cable). If none of these works you could have either a bad monitor or a bad video card. If you have a second monitor available I would hook that up and see if you see the same problem. If so, and you have already tried the resolution/refresh rate settings, it is quite possible your video card is going bad.
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