How to Change Active Signal Resolution

Visual output devices have various features that enhance graphics and provide quality images on the screen. But things can become unpleasant if something goes wrong with the display or graphics settings.

Therefore, you need to ensure you get every setting right and update available software.

One of the features that can hamper the quality of your viewing is the active signal resolution. Ideally, your desktop resolution should match the active signal for effectiveness.

When both resolutions differ, your graphics output may not be at its best, and there comes the need to change the settings. This post will reveal why the active signal resolution is stuck and how to change it. Let’s get started!

Why the Active Signal Resolution is Stuck

The active signal resolution that is stuck may be for one of these two reasons:

  1. A wrong setting in the system display settings or the Nvidia control panel.
  2. A graphics driver issue.

Whichever is the cause of error in your case, read on to learn how to fix it.

How Do You Change Active Signal Resolution?

Usually, your desktop resolution should be identical to your active signal resolution.

However, when the case differs from the usual, or when you change the desktop resolution, you will need to change the active signal resolution.

There are three methods to change your active signal resolution, and one of the methods should work for you.

Method 1: Change the Settings from Advanced Display Settings

Follow the steps below to change active signal resolution from the Advanced Display Settings.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Display Settings.
  • Click Advanced Display Settings.
  • Click Display adapter properties for display #. (# represents a varying number).
  • Click the List All Modes button.
  • Select the resolution for your screen from the list.
  • Click OK and click save changes.

Method 2: Change the Settings from Nvidia Control Panel

If the method above fails to work for you, you can try changing the settings from the Nvidia Control Panel.

Here are the steps below:

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • To open the Nvidia control panel, right-click on your desktop and select the NVIDIA control panel. Then, wait for the control panel to load up.
  • You can also use the following steps as an alternative.
  • Go to the Start menu.
  • Select Control Panel.
  • Click the Nvidia Control Panel icon.
  • Click Adjust desktop size and position.
  • Select a Scaling Mode. Choose Aspect ratio.
  • If the scaling mode is preset to the Aspect ratio, change it, save the change, and change it to aspect ratio again.
  • Select the resolution that is compatible with your system.
  • Choose the best refresh rate.
  • You may go to display settings to repeat method 1.

Method 3: Uninstall the Graphics Card

Again, the two reasons for a stuck active signal resolution are:

  1. Settings issue.
  2. Graphics card driver issue.

If the first two methods that address the setting issue do not suffice, the problem is with the graphics card driver.

Hence, you may need to uninstall the graphics card and let Windows download an up-to-date driver.

Follow the steps below to do this.

Note that this method will require an internet connection. It is advisable to read through it first before applying it.

  • Navigate to the Device Manager.

You can do this by going through the control panel. Alternatively, press the Windows key + X, then select Device Manager.

  • Expand Display Adapter.
  • Your graphics card will display. Right-click on it, then uninstall.
  • Open Windows Update.
  • Click check for updates.
  • The system should download the latest graphics driver and install it.

How Can You Change TV Resolution?

Sometimes you may need to change your TV resolution for better graphics output. What you need to do is to change the aspect settings to fit your TV.

How to do this?

Follow the steps below.

  • Press the MENU button on your remote control.
  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Click OK
  • Navigate to Television and press OK.
  • Select TV resolution, and press OK again.
  • Navigate to select one of the options that display. You may select HD 720p, HD 1080i, or HD 1080p.
  • Press OK

Your TV resolution should change after the last step.


The Active signal resolution is different from the display resolution. However, both resolutions should be identical to output good picture quality.

When you change the display resolution, the active signal resolution too should change. The three methods in this post should help you change your active signal resolution.

The first two methods focus on correcting a setting issue, while the third method will fix a graphics card issue.

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