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First post, by buckeye

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Been looking at various LCD's to replace my 19" Acer model which is ok for windows games but terrible for dos.
This Samsung Syncmaster 932bw specs at 1440 x 900 75hz. TFT, would this possibly work better for DOS games?

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Reply 1 of 2, by darry

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buckeye wrote on 2021-01-05, 14:56:

Been looking at various LCD's to replace my 19" Acer model which is ok for windows games but terrible for dos.
This Samsung Syncmaster 932bw specs at 1440 x 900 75hz. TFT, would this possibly work better for DOS games?

Hard to say from looking at the manual.
3 points to consider :
- Can it display square pixel modes like 640x480 in 4:3 aspect ratio ?
- Can it display non square pixel modes like 320x200 in 4:3 aspect ratio ?
- What does do monitor actual do with >60Hz input (like 70Hz)? Does it actually display it as such or does it skip frames to bring it down to 70Hz .

If you already have the monitor, try it and let us know . Otherwise, if I were you, I would not chance it.

My suggestion is that you read or at least skim through this Widescreen monitors and 4:3 aspect ratio compatibility thread
I know it is 15 pages long, but it would give you some perspective on what to look for, IMHO . To make it shorter, skip to posts from 2019 onward .

TLDR: If cost is not an issue, an OSSC combined with a monitor that can handle 70Hz in and out (modern freesync capable ones should work fine) and has an explicit 4:3 mode is the best current LCD based solution for DOS games, IMHO .

Reply 2 of 2, by shamino

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I assume that's a common/cheap TN panel, so it shouldn't have any problem with 70Hz. IPS/VA panels will have issues with that (they have a narrow range from about 56-64Hz, so their advertised "75Hz" relies on stutter), but I think any TN panel will do up to 75Hz natively without any stutter issue as long as you use the VGA input.

I have a Samsung 943SWX which is 1360x768. That one at least does have an option to display 4:3 properly with black bars on the side. I think that was a common feature on early widescreen Samsungs.
I think it also has an option to display 1:1. No option for integer scaling though.
Again I'm talking about the 943SWX, I haven't used the 932BW but just guessing it would have similar features.

Samsung monitors in that period frequently die from bad capacitors. They're easier to replace than on a motherboard.