Thursday, January 19, 2012

Samsung SyncMaster TA350 - Fix Fuzzy or Blurry Text and Fonts

I recently got a Samsung SyncMaster TA350 for my office.  I was really excited about have a nice 23" monitor for laptop and have a nice dual-head display.

The Samsung have VGA and two HDMI ports.  My laptop has DVI and HDMI so I opted to use the HDMI connection.  I was extremely disappointed to the quality of the image.  Text was blurry / fuzzy and I got it slightly better by changing the subpixel settings in my OS and messing with the options in the OSD on the Samsung.  I confirmed that the output was 1920 x 1080 however things just didn't look the best.

There are two tricks to getting great output to your Samsung.

  • I did some research and opted to buy a DVI to HDMI cable.  DVI is just subset of the features of HDMI so cables are less thatn $10. Using this cable improved things a lot.

  • You need to tell the Samsung that you have a computer connected to it.  It is not intuitative at all but it's simple. (Just be sure that your cable is connected to HDMI port 1).



  1. Press the "Source" button on the remote.

  2. Scroll to HDMI/DVI 1

  3. Press the "Tools" button on the remote

  4. Select "Edit Name"

  5. Scroll and select "DVI PC" from the list of inputs in the menu and confirm


Voila! You should have crisp text / fonts on your Samsung.  I wish that Samsung had this in their manual.

Update January 26th, 2014:

  • If you no longer have the remote, I have not been able to find a solution that works without the remote. You might be able to program an universal remote control unit to work with this device however I have not tried.

  • This probably won't work for the HDMI 2 port. Only the HDMI 1 port is PC compatible (just look on the back of the unit, it even says so).

47 comments:

  1. Thanks alot. Your last part about changing the name to DV1 PC saved my day. Thanks :)

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  2. Ditto. I've been digging around the menus off and on for months without luck. Thanks for posting the secret handshake.

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  3. Glad to be of help. I'd have to give the monitor a 4 of 5 stars, but the menus only get 1 star. I never thought that editing the name would make a difference.

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  4. Thank you for the post! Saved my day, as well. However, this also works with HDMI to HDMI. I picked the source as "PC" and the picture looks so much better!

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  5. Thanks, thanks thanks! I was going to complain to my dealer. You saved the day.

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  6. Many thanks. I spent hours without finding a solution. I owe you one. Thank you.

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  7. thank you for tip..worked like a charm..
    just one little issue - there's no sound after i connected the laptop to the monitor..are any other settings need to be changed? i was under impression that current hdmi cables to support audio..
    cheers

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  8. Thanks! Υou are my hero!!

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  9. This is great. I had the same problem with my Samsung 52" LN52B750 TV and your solution fixed my problem. Thanks!

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  10. @Dim, most computer video cards do not send audio over HDMI cables since they are video cards. Some devices like DVD/BlueRay players or Roku send audio over HDMI too -- but it's not a requirement.

    I had to use a 1/8" mini-stereo to patch audio from my laptop to my Samsung monitor.

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  11. Thank you all! I was going crazy trying to figure out why the text was so blurry on my Samsung B2330HD using HDMI to HDMI cable, and changing the name fixed the problem.

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  12. What a lifesaver! Thank you so much....so glad this popped up on the first page of the google results!

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  13. I have spent at least 3 hours in the menus of this silly thing and have not been happy with my results. Thankfully, google brought up your blog post as the first result on google. 30 seconds and things are beautiful. Thank you!

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  14. Thank you so much.

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  15. Thanks for this! I was about to be resolved with the thought, "I should've believed those reviews on making HDTV as secondary monitor would display fuzzy text" Good thing I made a quick google search with this entry on the first page :) Thanks again!

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  16. Thanks, Thanks I spent a full day triyng to improve it and I was decided to back this unit to shop due to the poor image quality.
    Now it works fine

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  17. Selecting PC is similar, but will also send sound via HDMI, whereas "DVI PC" does not

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  18. Thanks Peter. You were more helpful than the manufacturer's site and their manual!

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  19. I have bought this monitor a year ago and I had to live with the horrible blurry text all that time but you cam along finally and saved me from that maze :)

    Thanks for your great tip

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  20. Selecting PC with HDMI cable unblurred my display. Thanks a lot.

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  21. We became this monitor from Microsoft as a gift. As soon as wo got it I tryed do connect it with HDMI to my PC. I wass horribly dissapointed when I have seen the picture. It was fuzzy and blury. I bought a new graphic card and a new HDMI cable, but thinhgs didn't get better. I contacted Samsung support and they blamed my PC for that :/ A few minutes ago I found your blog and in less than 30 secodns the picture was sharp as a blade. Thanks to you. Shame on Samsung support.

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  22. Thank you! It worked!

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  23. Your tip is a f**king good one, thanks 1 million times from french user !!!

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  24. Hey, I was looking for this option for more than weeks. Thanks.

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  25. Hello.does anyone know how can i do all this without the remote??cos i lost it and i cant find anything by the monitor buttons..thanksss

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  26. You are the best. Thank you so much. I was about to buy a new f**** monitor for this reason. Thanks again

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  27. what we can do for the port hdmi 2 ?
    I turned on PC mode but text is blurred
    HDMI 1 works great

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  28. I really thank you for your comment
    taking your time to explain your experience surely helped a lot of people
    shame on Samsung and Praise your mind
    cheers

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  29. Thanks from me too. I have 2 of these connected to 2 computers and was about to return them both!

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  30. Thanks wasn't using HDMI for the longest time because of this but had to switch to HDMI for the longer cable today.

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  31. I love you, if you ever need a back rub just ask

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  32. I have the same issue. Using hdmi input produced fuzzy display, however I have lost my remote. Anyone know how to change source to 'DVI PC' using the monitors touch menu? I have spend hours on it and cannot get it to work. My current source is DVI to HDMI.

    I understand if I used VGA, which would use source: PC, the display is great. Unfortunately I don't have VGA out in my pc

    Desperate for some help.

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  33. I tried using a bunch of combos on the front of the screen touch panel, however the only way I've found to get to the Source menu is to use the remote.

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  34. You just saved my day!

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  35. I have the same problem, no remote (Dog actually ate it!!!) so can't access the tools button. Can anyone help? I've contact Samsung Support and have referenced this website. Will let you know if they can help!

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  36. Try switching "PC/AV Mode" (Menu -> Setup&Reset->PC/AV Mode) to "PC" instead of "AV"

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  38. Thank you for saving me a ton of frustration. Why Samsung chooses to refer to this setting as if it is just a source nickname bewilders me.

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  39. Ahhw mate thank you so much, I was totally disappointed when I first connected this beatutiful monitor to my laptop. I used it for weeks with this low compressed JPG-like image, and know... It's wonderful, Thank You Again!

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  40. Very very thanks, I was looking for this for a long time :D

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  41. Unbelievably it works with my P2570HD model. Thanks a lot

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  42. Wow... I have a TA350 and this has bothered the heck out of me for almost two years! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Peter, take a bow.

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  43. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I found the "change port name" trick on other sites, but none og them remembered to mention the fact that only the HDMI1 port is PC compatible. Problem solved!

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  44. Thank you very much, thanks to you and the web I did not spend the entire day trying to fix this by myself. All the best!~

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