Is a monitor considered simlar to a USB?

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February 28, 2011 at 20:01:38
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core 2 Duo
Hey y'all
If I buy a new monitor, will Windows (when I plug it in) consider it a "USB" device? In other words, do monitors have drivers? If so, when I buy a new monitor, how do I uninstall my old drivers from the previous monitor?


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February 28, 2011 at 20:03:19
Oh and btw, my current monitor is a TV/Monitor so that is why I want to upgrade (TV's as monitors are terrible)

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February 28, 2011 at 20:17:09
Monitors are not USB devices. Some monitors do have dedicated drivers that allow Windows to use all the features built into that monitor. For instance, the maximum resolution the graphics card can send to the monitor is determined by the ability of the monitor to receive that signal. So, installing drivers, or getting Windows to acknowledge the model of a monitor will enhance the experience.

That said Drivers are not usually necessary and it is not necessary to remove them when changing to a different monitor.

Some TVs make excellent computer monitors. Depends on weather they were designed to work with computer or not.

What is the brand and model of your current TV/Monitor?

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February 28, 2011 at 20:55:19
Its a RCA L26HDRL1 i think... The problem with it though is it's changing resolution. Everytime I go to a program that is a smaller resolution than 1360x768 it will require me to press format button, which is like a auto adjustment button. I also have to do it everytime the computer boots up or else I'll see a half screen. I'll record a video tomorrow and show it to you.

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February 28, 2011 at 21:15:37
That is a limitation of using a TV as a monitor. Although they may have a VGA input, they do not have all the resolution changing circuity that a dedicated monitor has. Generally a TV is set to a particular resolution and it hardly ever changes.

I have an LCD TV that does the same thing with the image shifted to the right when the input is changed to VGA. There is not a lot you can do about it except buy a more expensive LCD TV that can auto adjust resolution.


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February 28, 2011 at 21:45:02
All versions of WinNT since 4.0 can read monitor EDID (Extended Display Identification Data). No drivers necessary; just plug in the monitor and Windows will automatically switch to the new monitor's correct resolution and refresh rate.

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February 28, 2011 at 23:10:41
Although a monitor is not a USB device (unless it has a USB hub in it, or possibly a webcam, in which case you're going to need drivers for it). Your Windows 7 will auto detect it. So go on and plug it in

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March 1, 2011 at 14:29:57
Thanks guys. Stuart, I guess I'm buying a monitor then, and leaving this TV for the PS3 and TV.

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