This question is nagging at me - I just spent some time Googling but I couldn’t find what I wanted. I know at some time, when I played The Sims, you could right click on the program, the Properties option would come up, and inside of it would be the path to the executable in the Target field. From there, you could add command line things to make it turn differently. I know from there you could always make it run in windowed mode, but I just can’t find the correct command. Under that same menu, you can run minimized or in normal window, but I don’t know if that’ll work.
There’s also one other thing - on my laptop, it automatically tries to stretch the image when I go to a smaller resolution. In Display Options -> Advanced I could change it so it showed the actual resolution and whatever space was left was just dead black space on the monitor.
I’ll take a look at the monitor settings and see if I can do that. I was really hoping to find some way to get these older games to run in a window, though, so I wouldn’t have to change my system settings just play them (I’ve looked for, but not found settings or switches to get them to run windowed, though that might just be my lack of knowledge).
These problems do not sound like a monitor issue. Specially if your monitor works fine the rest of the time. Can you check and be sure it’s not just 3D applications that doing this. If it is just 3d apps, the problem might lie with your video card. What type of card do you have?
It’s not new games that have the problem - it’s older, 2-D games. Anything that’s come out in the last 3-4 years (maybe more) works fine. I’m only seeing problems with games that don’t like the screen ratio, I think.
That’s good then. The green dots and video corruption still don’t sound like a monitor issue however. Though I would double check the refresh rate overide in the Nvidia control panel. make sure it’s set to 60 mhz in order to prevent other applications from changing this.
As for the stretching and fuzziness, yes, I know it sucks, but the only solution to that problem, short of a resolution (and aspect) hack for the particular game, is to deal with the black bars. Personally I’d rather put up with the stretched out image in the few games that don’t support wide screen than the bars (YMMV).