issues playing 3D games with Viewsonic monitor

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I just got a hand me down Viewsonic 19" flat screen CRT. I decided to use it
to replace the 19" NEC I already had cause that one doesn't have a flat
screen. Anyway, in 2D, the Viewsonic looks great. But whenever I fire up a
3D game, it looks obviously worse than the NEC did. Not just a little worse,
but a lot. It's so bad that in-game text is illegible.

By the way, Viewsonic's monitor has a feature called Viewmeter. I checked it
when I was on my desktop and it said I was running at 1280x1024 and 75 Hz,
which is accurate. But in BF:1942, for example, it says I'm running at 800 x
600 and 60 Hz, even though I have it set to a higher resolution. Do you guys
have any idea what's going on or how to fix it? I'm flummoxed. I've never
had video issues just from swapping out monitors. Everything else about my
system is exactly the same.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I'm running WinXP SP2, by
the way. My video card is a BFG 6800GT OC

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