Thank you for the replies. I have been using 1280x800, and it works fine for the laptop... But now for my real problem (i didn't bother posting the whole spiel because i figured it would be too confusing to describe).
I have been trying to connect this laptop via VGA to a 32" Samsung LCD TV. The recommended resolution for the TV is 1360x768. First of all, the latest drivers that Acer provides, doesn't have this resolution. So I had to go here (http://www.sis.com/download/agreement.php?id=155932
) to get the latest VGA drivers in order get 1360x768. Seems all well and good, but when i assign this resolution to the TV, the desktop fits vertically, but is too big horizontally... in fact, the only resolutions that fit the TV screen are 800x600 and 1024x768. The real pain is that no matter what resolution I assign, the image is stretched out of proportion in the horizontal direction.
To make matters even more complicated, the laptop's resolution also becomes screwy, once the TV is plugged in. 1280x800 becomes too big, and the only resolutions that fit are 800x600 and 1024x768. And, yet again, everything becomes stretched out of proportion in the horizontal direction.
I appreciate anyone who has the patience to decipher this problem. If you can help me, you deserve a gold medal. Samsung couldn't help me (no surprise), and Acer couldn't help me either (even less of a surprise). I don't think I was meant to have a TV.