Monitors and Settings

A final note on properly displaying your graphics work is to have a large monitor and high-quality video mode settings in Windows. A decent monitor should be at least 17 inches diagonally, which is standard nowadays and fairly inexpensive. Since 1997, I've had a 21-inch monitor (a mere $1,100 back then), but I've seen them go for as little as $250 with shipping on http://www.ebay.com. A large monitor lets you view more of your work in progress. Also, give your graphics view greater quality by setting the display resolution in Windows to at least 1280x1024 at 32-bit color depth. The color setting is important because 32 bit displays alpha (transparency) information when texturing. Change these settings by right-clicking on the Windows desktop; clicking Properties, Settings; and changing the Colors and Screen Area accordingly. Finally, click on the Advanced button and choose the Monitor tab. Change the Refresh Rate to the highest frequency setting that your monitor allows; doing so eliminates that interlaced flickering you might see at higher resolutions.

Caution

Be careful not to set your Refresh Rate in Windows to a value higher than recommended, or you will risk permanently damaging your monitor. Check with the documentation that came with your monitor or see the manufacturer's Web site for this information.

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