Microsoft Windows XP - Update Settings When You Install A New Monitor (Windows XP)

The price of new LCD monitors are dropping, and the used, high-quality CRTs they're replacing can be obtained for a fraction of the original price. Upgrading your monitor is fast and easy, but too many people don't take full advantage of their new, bigger screen.

Go to:

  • Start
  • Settings
  • Control Panel
  • Display
  • Settings
  • The first settings you adjust should be the screen resolution and color quality
  • Choose a combination of settings that looks good to you
  • Click the Advanced button to make general, adapter, monitor, troubleshoot, and color management adjustments
  • The next key setting is the refresh rate in the Monitor tab
  • 60 Hz is the standard setting, but this setting can cause bigger screens to flicker
  • Headaches and eyestrain are common results of screen flicker
  • If you increase the refresh rate, the flicker will decrease
  • Check the maximum rate for your monitor because rates above the maximum can damage the hardware
  • In general, 85 HZ is safe on a newer monitor
  • Once the Display Control panel settings are correct, you may need to adjust the hardware-controlled settings like brightness, contrast, and screen size

New monitors are good, but the right settings can make them great.

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