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Postby Minor League Skilz » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:24 am

Hey guys,

A woman at work is having trouble seeing the 17 in flat panel LCD monitor clearly. She assures me that she just had her eyes checked and it is still tough to see. She hates to work with the screen resolution at 1024x768 (she prefers 800x600) because things are just too hard to read, but this size is necessary (or maybe just much easier) for certain programs.

Would getting a 19'' monitor help much? Has anyone had trouble with their eyes and made a switch? Any recommendations?
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:14 am

Minor League Skilz wrote:Hey guys,

A woman at work is having trouble seeing the 17 in flat panel LCD monitor clearly. She assures me that she just had her eyes checked and it is still tough to see. She hates to work with the screen resolution at 1024x768 (she prefers 800x600) because things are just too hard to read, but this size is necessary (or maybe just much easier) for certain programs.

Would getting a 19'' monitor help much? Has anyone had trouble with their eyes and made a switch? Any recommendations?


A 19" monitor would make a bit of a difference in that there would be more space to keep your eyes on.

However resolution is resolution. With a 19" monitor the icons will still all be the same size just in a more spread out area. You can in addition to the resolution though use Clear Type, I think thats what it is, which makes writing easier to use. Or set a default Icon size under display properties.

Put it on super large or more. Also, you could just give her an icon to switch on the fly from 1024 x 768 to 800 x 600. This way she could use 800 x 600 when not requiring 1024 x 768.

Or get her a big screen magnifier.

The 19" monitor basically gives you a bigger field but the players are still the same size.

Think Fenway compared to Coors Field.

I may not be completely correct on the eye strain issue. I have heard that anything under 14" strains the eye more but I think it has more to do with refresh rate and font/icon size.

However, you can find pretty cheap and good 19" flat panels on newegg.com

If it shuts her up it may be the easiet way around it
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Postby Madison » Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:14 am

Not sure how much upgrading from 17" to 19" would help. Not sure if it would be worth it. :-?
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Postby Minor League Skilz » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:20 pm

Thanks guys. I put that ClearType option on and she loves it.

Also, you could just give her an icon to switch on the fly from 1024 x 768 to 800 x 600. This way she could use 800 x 600 when not requiring 1024 x 768.


Any instructions on how to create that icon to swap between two resolutions would be great.

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Postby acsguitar » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:45 pm

Minor League Skilz wrote:Thanks guys. I put that ClearType option on and she loves it.

Also, you could just give her an icon to switch on the fly from 1024 x 768 to 800 x 600. This way she could use 800 x 600 when not requiring 1024 x 768.


Any instructions on how to create that icon to swap between two resolutions would be great.

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Do you know how to create a batch file. I couldn't find one that directly changed the res.

I did find one that will bring you to the Resolution Control Panel Screen Directly

Open a new text file and paste the following:

RUNDLL32 SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL DESK.CPL,@0,3


Save this file as Res.bat or something like that

Make sure to save as ALL FILES and not as Text.

That should take you their directly.

The icon will appear on the desktop and when you press it you will directly go to the Resolution Adjustment screen..

Just for a note: If you change the last number that will bring you to a differnt tab under the desktop area of control panel.

I think 1 brings you to the screen saver area
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