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How to Fix NVIDIA Resolution Problems in Windows 10

by on September 24, 2015
in Tech 101, Computers and Software, Computer Monitors, Tips & How-Tos :: 13 comments

After upgrading my PC to Windows 10, I found that I could no longer set my Vizio VMM26 monitor to display the correct resolution. Instead of my monitor's native resolution of 1920x1200 (16:10 aspect ratio), the only option Windows Control Panel would allow was 1920x1080 or 1280x720 (16:9 aspect ratio), stretching every circle into an oval and generally looking like crap.

Where was my previous 1920x1200 setting? Why was I suddenly experiencing this problem? Hours searching online indicated many others were having the same issues, but no one had a solution.

It turns out the culprit was not Windows 10, but the updated Windows 10 compatible NVIDIA software that downloaded alongside it. When I reverted back to the old NVIDIA software and driver, things worked again. All was good until I inadvertently updated the NVIDIA software again during a Windows update, causing my monitor resolution to return to stretch mode.

Determined to find a better answer this time, I delved into the NVIDIA Control Panel (Version 8.1.X) to see if it would provide more options than I could access through WIndows settings. And in the Control Panel, I found the solution.

Within the NVIDIA Control Panel, under Display - > Change Resolution, there is a simple checkbox that says "Show only TV Resolutions". Checked by default, it severely limits your resolution options, both in the NVIDIA Control Panel and in the Windows Control Panel System Settings. Once unchecked, the full range of "PC" resolution options becomes available, including many of the common ones, such as 1366x768.

NVIDIA control panel resolution setting

So why did NVIDIA do this? My guess is that they thought they were making life easier for users by only providing the 16:9 ratio options found in the newest monitors and laptops. Unfortunately, for those of us with less common or older displays, that decision results in a corrupted display and no obvious means to resolve it. This is a case where defaulting to more user choice would have been the better approach.

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And now in 2016?

From Alexis on March 03, 2016 :: 5:50 pm

You may have updated your driver recently, to find out that nvidia apparently has removed that so useful checkbox. That’s what I see on my computer at least, and I found at least one other guy complaining on nvidia support forum - recently, and unsuccessfully. Is it the same for you? Any other idea than trying to make nvidia hear us?
Besides, thanks for the nice article. Hopefully the tip will be re-enabled soon!




From Bruno Luis on March 04, 2016 :: 8:44 pm

I spent 2h trying to find why this happened. thanks!!


Show only TV Resolutions missing

From Stephen Kuehl on August 20, 2016 :: 2:41 pm

The “Show only TV Resolutions” is missing from my Control Panel as well.



What version of NVIDIA are your running?

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2016 :: 5:49 pm

I’m running version 8.1.860 of the NVIDIA Control Panel. Which version are you running? Are you sure you aren’t overlooking the Show only TV resolution checkbox under the resolution options?



Found the solution after 2 days of suffering wong refresh rate and resolution

From Stratos Luna on August 24, 2016 :: 9:50 am

Hey, i hope this will help some of you if you still have the same issue. My monitor Viewsonic VA 1916w, native resolution 1440x900 65Hz. Suddenly yesterday this resolution didnt worked out anymore, my max refresh rate according to windows (10 Anniversary) was 82 and thats it, Before was 65-75.

The main problem was that the display was larger than my monitor dimensions, When i had full open app windows i was loosing the upper side of them and didnt see the minimize/maximize/close part.

Itried lot of things, completely remove and reinstall drivers (with DDU at safe mode) both for my Nvidia Geforce GT710 and my monitor. I even REFRESHED WINDOWS !!!! Nothing was working and finally before some minutes i found the solution. Here it is.

Go to Nvidia Control Panel > Change resolution > Customize > Create custom res (check the box “Enable resolutions not supported by the monitor”. I created my prior and native res 1440x900 65 Hz 32 bit, progressive scan.

Underneath is the Timing dialogs and check boxes. At the Standard dialog box Automatic was chosen by default. That was the trick !!! I CHOOSED CVT or CVT reduced blank, i hit the “test” button and VOILA!!! everything was perfect again… !!!!

I hope it will work for u too.

ps. Forgive me for my bad english, usually i read forums not writing in them but that was soooo annoying and time consuming issue so i wanted to share the solution with you :D



Found the solution after 2 days of suffering wong refresh rate and resolution

From Stratos Luna on August 24, 2016 :: 9:52 am

Correction. Max resolution according to Windows 10 was 62 not 82. Typo !!!!



Thank you for the info

From Josh Kirschner on August 24, 2016 :: 10:02 am

Always helps to share these tricks as someone, somewhere is likely facing the same issue as you are.




From Guilherme Bignelli on September 14, 2016 :: 6:48 pm

For some reason after the update for windows, my computer started using 30 hertz for no reason. This actually fixed it. Thank you again.




From RKEP on August 27, 2016 :: 1:23 pm

Its work for me but when my pc restart
resolution changes 1600x1200 but
max resolution of my pc 1920x1080
help plz…........



1920*1080 not working

From kevin on September 15, 2016 :: 4:31 am

Ive got windows 10.
Nvidia control panel version 8.1.920.0

the ‘show tv resolutions’ is not an option in this version.
Ive manually created the customized size (as comments above), trying all the automatic, CVT, etc etc options.
Once saved the new resolution, I try to implement that change using the display settings - advanced display settings, I click the new resolution option, then apply, and a red message displays saying ‘Windows could not change your display to this resolution. Try a different resolution’

So still stuck on 1680*1050


This worked for me:

From Alex Mihai on September 24, 2016 :: 5:48 pm

I basically manually resized the width and length of the resolution in the control panel> display> Adjust desktop size and position. I went to the size tab and checked “enable desktop resizing” and clicked the Resize… button. A screen with green arrows in the corners popped up and I adjusted the size of the desktop using the sliders. I hope this helps!



Little bit fuzzy

From david keen guy on October 23, 2016 :: 1:29 am

Well, i have an old VGA samsung syncmaster,
and it was working fine with resolution 1440x900
until i unplugged it and shifted it to my new desk. after i plugged it back in, all the text has become SLIGHTLY FUZZY , and it just dosent look right to me.
windows(and nvidia) say the res is still 1440x9000 @ 60kHz but my monitor says its 1680x1050 @ 65.2 kHz



Contd. Last Post "little bit fuzzy"

From david keen guy on October 23, 2016 :: 1:43 am

and when i get rid of my graphics card , all is well and the monitor says that the resolution is optimal @ 1440x900 @60 kHz and so does my computer


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