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WIDESCREEN VS "NORMAL" MONITORS

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Hi,I am almost at the stage of deciding which type of monitors to use and would appreciate some help/info on the best way to go.I'm thinking of using 3 x 19" monitors for the outside view in conjunction with Triplehead2go. Another 21" monitor for the PFD/ND and a 19" for the EICAS and standby guages.The difference between the widescreen and "normal" is approximately 1 1/2" - 2" in width and I could use 19" widescreen for the PFD/ND but am concerned about whether the guages and displays will look "stretched" This is the same for the outside view.Any advice would be very helpfulMany ThanksRob

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Rob, 2D panels will look stretched on a widescreen monitor, yes. (unless they're undocked in windows, in which case they should look right I believe)

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I use a 24" center LCD and 2x20.1" side panels with TH2G. I am very satisfied with it. The only minor issue is the resolution of the 24" panel is less than crystal clear because the native res is very high and I have to dumb it down for TH2G to work fully and normally.3x19" would be a slightly more optimal solution for even display. But I am pretty satisified with my set-up. The huge size of the real estate more than compensates for slight distortion and very slightly less than crystal clear center display. I would not advise getting 3 widescreen panels with TH2G however as this would result in a discernible horizontal elongation that could be a bit too distorting.I no longer ever run anything in 2D since things look ghastly in the cockpit in that mode with TH2G. You can re-size the 2D panels but it creates additional issues and problems that are irritating.Jonathan

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I currently run a 22" widescreen with TrackIR and only fly VC. It works incredibly well. Due to the current setup (i.e. processor and Video Card) I will be flying FS9 for at least another year. Once FSX is populated with all the a/c I fly regularly (PMDG 747-400/400F, PMDG 737-700/900, Rick Piper's HS 748, Dreamflight A36 and B58, RealAir SF 260 and Spitfire- and yes I too am waiting for the PMDG MD-11 in both platforms as well as the Airliner XP A320 for FS9)Then, and only then will I transition.If you fly a lot of 2D- standard resolutions are best- and CHEAP! If you fly VC- get the widescreen- you will not regret it. Just realize that my 22" runs at 1680 x 1050 in true color- that's a LOT of pixels and my 7900GS just keeps up. The 7900GT would have been a better choice in retrospect- although this will force me to upgrade my video card to a DX10 compliant one ;) when I take the plunge. I agree with the 3 x 19" (or bigger) STANDARD monitors for the Matrox 3toGO- the WS would change the dynamics.I included a couple of screenies for you to look at to help decide. Either way- enjoy the sim!Best-Carl F. Avari-Cooper BAW0225http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/supporter.jpg

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You can setup a wide aspect ratio in the cfg so the panels aren't stretched and outside perspective is correct.You will typically also need more horsepower to drive the display in a widescreen format although you can drive the display at a low 1280 x 960 which shouldn't impact your FPS much.Etienne

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Etienne, If you don't mind, what would you change in the cfg. for widescreen. thanks, Bob

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Thanks guys. I have posed another question under Panels if you have any advice, sure would appreciate it.ThanksRob

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