How I got my LCD display much sharper
I run Mandrake 10.1 OE, and have an old (in Internet/computer terms) Pentium III 550 Mhz desktop unit with a new Princeton VL 1916 19" LCD monitor that I love; an "old" ATI Rage 128 video card. Those are the components that matter for this issue.
I'd noticed on my (excellent) Microtek 17" LCD, which the Princeton replaced in December, that some characters (I use anti-aliasing everywhere) were blurry on one edge no matter how I adjusted the clock or frequency settings with the monitor controls, and the same remained true with the 19" Princeton. I figured I just had to live with it, and it was acceptable but not pretty.
Then I read from a fellow poster here on LQ about running xorgconfig to set up monitor parameters, and I thought, what the hell, I'll try it out. To my amazement, the text on the screen after I created the new xorg.conf file was razor sharp throughout! That program adjusted the display in ways the built-in controls were unable to.
The only drawback was that, as far as I could see, I also had to tell xorgconfig how to set up the mouse and keyboard, and it didn't have some options I'd been using, so I lost some functionality with them. I went in and re-wrote those sections by hand, copying from the file I'd been using, and I also put in the DPMS option so my monitor will shut off after about ten minutes of total disuse.
This is one of the biggest improvements I've been able to make in my system, and it will save me eyestrain as well as looking much prettier.
I mentioned this success in another thread, but I hope it's OK to post it here anyway, so it may have a better chance of helping other users with similarly fuzzy displays.