Any ardent gamer will tell you the best video
contests have the most arcade-like detail. Depending on your
you can maximize your gaming experience with crisp, dazzling graphics by
changing your monitor's display settings. If you want to
one out of the park in life-like
games such as Microsoft® Baseball 2001®, learn to make
your display a heavy hitter.
What you see is what you get
Obtaining gaming realism on your computer depends on several
variables, but ultimately great display, or resolution, and the color
produced by your monitor can make or break the look of a game.
Most monitors still use the same elements found inside your
standard color TV--very small phosphor dots called pixels that glow when hit
by electron particles. Resolution is measured by the number of
pixels being "sprayed," or “painted,” both horizontally and vertically
on the desktop. The computer, its peripherals, and the monitor
together determine where, what shape, and what color mixture each
pixel will be, from 16 colors to millions of colors.
Pushing the envelope
most color monitors display a basic 256 colors at a resolution
of 640 pixels across the screen and 480 pixels vertically (640 by
480)--about 300,000 pixels in all. You can increase this visual output
depending on your system’s components. Obviously, the more color and
resolution the better; however, increasing display color can also
reduce resolution. The trick is to find the right balance using
To change your display resolution:
- Click the right mouse button anywhere on the
desktop, and then click Properties.
- On the Display
Properties tab, click
- In the Colors list, select the best
(last) color setting available.
- Move the Screen area pixel slider as far to
the right as possible. Note the number of pixels. You
probably won't want less than 800 x 600 for gaming.
- In the Colors list, select the next
lower setting. Move the Screen area slider to the far right and note the pixels
available. Determine which setting gives you the best
resolution. Remember, the more pixels, the better the
- Select the color setting that offers the best
resolution. Click Apply.
temporarily change your desktop.
- If everything appears normal, click Yes
when asked if you want to keep these settings.
If another message appears asking if you want to restart
your computer, click Yes.
Should your screen go blank or appear to go wild don’t panic.
It will return to its original setting after 15 seconds. When it
does, click the next lower selection from the Colors
list and continue with the rest of the setup as above.
Let the games begin
Hopefully, you'll notice an
immediate improvement to your display. Just be careful you don’t get
dust in your eyes during your next game of baseball!
Legge found the 16 colors his monitor
offered were too graphic-intensive for most of the games he
Icons too small on your new
To increase the size of desktop
On a blank portion of the desktop, click
the right mouse button. Click Properties, and
then click Appearance.
In the Item list, click
Icon. Click the Size arrow to
see size options, and select a size. Click
Try different settings until you’re
satisfied, and then click OK.
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