Re: Optimal resolution

Burak Sonmez wrote:

Usually 1024x768 is optimal for most of users. It depends on your
computer configuration.

It's not at all that simple.

First, it depends on whether you are using an LCD monitor or a CRT. If it's
an LCD, it should *always* be run at the monitor's native resolution. My
LCD, for example has a native resolution of 1280x1024, and that's what I run
it at. Anything else will produce an unsatisfactory result.

If it's a CRT, on the other hand, you have choices, but those choices are
limited by the monitor and video card. Which is best is not as simple as
saying "usually 1024x768 is optimal for most of users." It depends on the
size and quality of your monitor, and the age and quality of your eyes.

Here are the resolutions I recommend that most people start with:

15" CRT monitor: 800x600
17" CRT monitor: 1024x768
19" CRT monitor: 1280x1024

These aren't best for everyone, however. I recommend that they be thought of
as starting points. They should be adjusted to fit your own eyes and

You should know that more color & resolution
requires more RAM.

That's very misleading, and may cause people to think that they need to add
system RAM if they increase their resolution. But that's not true. It's
extra *video* RAM that is needed--RAM on the video card.

It's true that *some* systems (usually OEM ones) don't have video cards, and
instead have a motherboard that [provides video support. Such a motherboard
borrows system RAM for video. However the use of such a motherboard without
a video card is far from universal.

Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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