This is my first LCD monitor. Monitors always made sense to me before. They had little buttons you could turn.
OK, I got the monitor, my son set it up and left. I started messing with things, because I want to know how to use this. I did find the manual at
Dell, but either my monitor isn't working right, I'm not working right, or it won't do what I want it to do because of some setting. I dunno
First thing, it's burning out my eyeballs, and I want to dim it. It came with no manual. The online manual is here:
I scroll down and click on "Using the Front Panel Buttons."
I scroll down to "D" about setting brightness and contrast. I know I'm using DVI (that's what you set on the far left button, and it's showing
up as at "2" so it says I can't set contrast. Ok. Also, I have a brand new graphics card to go with this.
I push the correct button "-" on the monitor and the little window comes up. I'm hitting the "-" button on the monitor which causes it to toggle
between Brightness and Exit. My mouse won't work on it. I set it on Brightness. Now it wants me to push the "-" to dim the monitor, but all it
does is toggle. No little slider bar shows up in the little window indicating the current brighness setting. The graphic is there for it, but
there's no indicator. Otherwise, it looks the same as the picture on the manual. I decide maybe I need to hit the "+" button to make it brighter,
and then I can hit the "-" button to make it dimmer, but that doesn't work either. Like the other button, it just toggles. Finally, I give up. I
luck out and after it's sat on "Exit" for a minute it has the good graces to go away.
Next, I *had* some little icon down on the right side of my tool bar -- I think it's NVIDIA (sp?) settings. I did mess with that, but the last time
I did, it disappeared. I don't have a clue what I did to make it disappear or how to get it back. No icon ever disappeared from there before.
Next, I've managed to get all my on-screen icons really teensy. It would be nice to see them better. Yes, I messed with display in the control
panel (this is a PC with XP Pro) and I've probably got that set wrong in "Settings", but I thought I should have both that and the NIVIDIA thingy
set to the screen's highest resolution. Now I don't know.
Probably tied in with that, I've managed to make my background picture tiny and in the center of my screen, instead of spread out to the edges like
it should be. This is a 20.1" screen and now my background measures about 4" x 5". That never happened with a CRT. It was full sized, and when I
selected a different background it shrunk. I went back to the background I had, but that's shrunken too.
I did check out the Dell online forum. I did a search on the monitor name, as I couldn't tell where I should post. I got up a bunch of posts by
gamers who were speaking in acronyms about stuff I don't know. I was hoping to find a post like this one with some answers. No such luck. I'll
post over there if I have to, but I'm hoping I don't have to, as I probably won't even understand their answers.
Another option could be phoning Dell, but I dunno how that works yet -- they did have a thing on there about buying technical help and I dunno what's
with that. When I phoned to order the monitor I got to speak with a guy in Puerto Rico and I could barely understand him through his accent.
This is like the tar baby. The more I messed with it the worse I made it. Are you sorry you asked yet?
I need to be gone for a few hours, but I'll check back here as soon as I can and I very much appreciate any help you (or anyone) can give me.
[edit on 17-9-2005 by Cubster1]