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.
- Control Panel
- 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.