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Hello, I have been enjoying FS9 for some time...but have run into a snag, Went and bought a 22 inch Acer 'Widescreen' gaming monitor. Now the panels are stretched and the gauges appear oblong. The height looks ok..but the width is far from correct. Is there a fix for this? Also I will be installing FSX onto my new system once its completed. Does FSX suffer from the same stretch effect and oblong gauges? Thanks,

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Stretching is simply unavoidable. You can however resize the panel to not-streched size, and put FMC or throttle quad on the side. This is simply due to side-proportion of widescreen monitors. If you have gotten 4:3 monitor, then you wouldn't have that problem. With 16:10 monitor, you will always have it. Another possibility is to use VC - VCs do not stretch, you will see more.

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That issue is why we included normal 4:3 2D Panel AND Widescreen 2D Panel in our recently released Piper Twin Comanche for FS9 or FSX.This is a first from a commercial developer and we'll continue offering this feature on future projects. Who knows, if time permits we may even go back and rebuild existing products to include this feature.Yes, it's extra work but it sure is satisfying to have the panel display properly in 2D Panel view:-)

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now here's something to think about. i just got a 24 inch widescreen a week ago and EVERYTHING in the 2D panels are displayed correctly. a year ago i had a smaller widescreen like a 22 inch and had the same problems with the 2D panel so why is everything correct in my 24 inch? i'd like to know for future reference so i'll know what to look for. thanks, william

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I'm running 2 widescreen monitors with no problem. You must set the monitor to it's navtive resolution and also choose that resolution in display options in FS9.If your video card is capable of handling both monitors at native resolution, you should be good to go.Bill M

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>I'm running 2 widescreen monitors with no problem. You must>set the monitor to it's navtive resolution and also choose>that resolution in display options in FS9.>>If your video card is capable of handling both monitors at>native resolution, you should be good to go.>>Bill MIf the monitor is set to native resolution of 1680X1050 and the 2D panel is designed at some 4:3 ratio such 1280X960 the 2D panel will distort if the sim setting is 1680X1050. That is the reason for our creation of 2D panels at 1680X1050.Hope this helps:-)

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hi ron,i'm baffled by it myself but i'll keep checking to see if someone comes up with something. william

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>Great to see a developer providing widescreen 2D panels. I>hope more follow suit!>>GaryThanks Gary:-) For us it started with the purchase of a new 22" Samsung and the recogntion that LCD widescreens monitors are going to be a factor for flight simulation enthusiasts now and the foreseeable future.If developers want to accomodate their customers needs then we're sure they will follow suit. Just glad we were able to be first out of the starting gate:-)

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>>I'm running 2 widescreen monitors with no problem. You must>>set the monitor to it's navtive resolution and also choose>>that resolution in display options in FS9.>>>>If your video card is capable of handling both monitors at>>native resolution, you should be good to go.>>>>Bill M>>If the monitor is set to native resolution of 1680X1050 and>the 2D panel is designed at some 4:3 ratio such 1280X960 the>2D panel will distort if the sim setting is 1680X1050. That is>the reason for our creation of 2D panels at 1680X1050.>>Hope this helps:-)>>Hello RonMy native resolution is 1920 by 1200 on my 24" monitors. your 2D panels looks very good at my resolution. No streching or distortion.Bill M

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Great to hear Bill. Are you runnning the big brother to the 226BW?Our experience with the 226BW is that 4:3 ratio 2D panels distort in FS9 and FSX.We really don't like having to undock and resize for proper display of 2D panels designed at 4:3 Ratio so included our selectable 16:9 Widescreen 2D panels along with conventional 4:3 2D panels in our recently released Piper Twin Comanche.It's extra work but the result is very satifying and eliminates the afforementioned resizing efforts. :-)

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Hi I run wide screen on both my systems my dev rig with a Samsung 245T (24")at 1900x1200 And my gaming machine with a Samsung 305T(30")at 2560x1600. As people have said above if one runs a LCD at it's native resolution and set the display resolution in F.S to match you should not get distorted Panels (at least I don't).Dan Martin. http://www.flightontario.com/images/sig_dmartin.gif

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I'm running a Samsung 22bw @ 1680x1050 and fs9 set the same....and all is well, here.:-)

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i'm taking it that your 2D panels are fine with no distortion. william

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I think the whole issue comes down to if your video card can run the resolutions the monitor requires. I found that alot of generic card manufacters say the can run displays at native resolutions, but they run emulation software to compensate. As I stated before, I own all of Ron's airplanes. And my two Dell 24" and my 20" wide screens displays make those panels look spectacular. But the key is the video card I'm using can handle the native resolutions with no problem.Bill M

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got 'cha bill. kind of figured it was a resolution issue. thanks, william

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I am running a Dell 24" and all of my panels were stretched out. I am using a 8600GTS which can run the monitor at it's native 1920x1200 32bit. FS9 runs at 20FPS with all sliders maxed so the drivers are correct and I am happy except for the stretched out panels. I did painstakingly redo a custom Lear panel to fit the screen properly but all default panels are no good to me. I have a PMDG 1900D and the 2D panel would be way too much work to redo myself so I use the 3D panel.I wish somebody had an easy answer to rework these panels.dolph

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I have been lucky enough to be allowed by the "Minister Of Finance" (Wife) to get myself a new screen for flightsim.I purchased a Samsung 275T here in Oz and I am running FS2004 @ 1920x1200 32bit.I too have a slightly stretched panel in normal view which I can live with, but it's worth it for the view I get in Virtual Cockpit!With a 19" and now 27" all I need is one more 19" and a "Triple Head To Go" and I am set !Long live this awesome hobby!!!!!Regards,Ralf...

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I have been trying to get around this "streach" problem also and I think I have found a good replacement: The SAMSUNG 940BX, 19" LCD monitor with a max resolution of 1280 x 1024 ( a 4:3 ratio screen), with a 5 ms responce time and contrast level of 1000:1. Price around $250 each. jerrycwo4

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Depends on the scaling.With NVidia cards you go into the control panel and "Change flat panel scaling".A few options are under #2 there that might fix your problem.

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I have an HP w1907v. Nothing I did in FS or Control Panel affected the annoying stretching.However pushing the physical Menu button at the bottom of the screen brought up a menu that enabled me to change the aspect ratio for all applications.

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I find this "thread" a little confusing with claims and counter claims of no stretching of 2D gauges. I'm going to buy a new computer and a three monitor setup with triple head 2go, but I'm having a problem selecting the biggest monitor that will let me fly in the 2D cotpit mode with no panel/gauges stretching. I now fly FS2004 on a 22" Viewsonic (4:3 ) monitor with the resolution set on the computer at 1024 X 768 and for FS2004 at 1280 x 930 x 32. This is also a little confusing as a 4:3 ratio with a starting number of 1280 should be 1024 and NOT 930 according to a table with 4:3 ratio's listed. With this 22' screen I've tried higher resolutions but always came back to the 1280 x 930 because at higher resolutions the numbers on the gauges are too small for me to read easily.Do you think it wrong or unwise to spend about $3500 on a new 3 monitor system and "settle" for three 19 inch 4:3 ratio monitors with a native resolution of 1280 x 1024?jerrycwo4

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