Run high resolution monitor on older laptop?

January 11, 2011 at 08:10:08
Specs: Windows XP Media Center 2002, SP3, Pentium 1.73GHz/ 1.99 Ram
Setup: New Viewsonic VX2739wm 27" monitor on Dell XPS M140 laptop (2005 vintage).
Card: Intel 915 GM/GMS, 910GML Express. Dell-modified, per Intel.

Technically challenged; please bear with me.

Added monitor to laptop (temporary setup; new laptop pending). Monitor requires 1920 X 1080 resolution, max available for second monitor on the Dell is 1400 X 910. Works, but res/ proportions are obviously wrong.

Can I add an external video card to get the correct res? Recommendations?

Thanks.


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#1
January 11, 2011 at 08:22:39
Try updating your video drivers.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/


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#2
January 11, 2011 at 08:38:13
Thanks; did that before I posted. Intel kicks it back to Dell because it's Dell-modified. Nothing new from Dell.

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#3
January 11, 2011 at 09:20:13
"Intel kicks it back to Dell because it's Dell-modified."

That's primarily because the laptop brand name video drivers have the drivers for the built in monitor included in them. You often can't get the drivers for the built in monitor any other way, unless it's a relatively old laptop.

If the brand name computer is a desktop computer that does not have a built in display, you have the option of un-installing the brand name's video drivers and installing the chipset maker's video drivers instead, and the monitor drivers for whatever monitor you're using.
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"Can I add an external video card to get the correct res?"

See this previous Topic - some of the links may no longer work, but it gives you examples of what to look for:
Laptop video adapters, TV tuners
See response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#4
January 11, 2011 at 10:26:49
Appreciated the terminology lesson... card vs.adapter. Makes the web search easier. Also the links.

Looks like a Kensington "Universal Multi Display Adapter" (or similar) for around $55 USD would do the trick. There's also an optional DVI to HDMI adapter for HDMI, apparently.

Thanks again for the responses.


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#5
January 11, 2011 at 11:13:58
If it "kicks back", it's because you're using the scanner rather than selecting the driver from the list & downloading it manually.

IntelĀ® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Windows XP


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#6
January 11, 2011 at 11:47:20
He could try selecting the Intel video drivers manually, but when I've tried that after installing Windows from scratch on a laptop, the monitor drivers are not present and you often get a tiny display on the built in screen. There are very few laptop LCD monitor drivers built into XP, they're all for the older 4:3 screens, and they're almost always not available from the brand name's web site either.
It's possible the laptop will retain the proper drivers for the built in display since they were already installed, when the Dell video drivers are un-installed, but I doubt that.

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#7
January 11, 2011 at 12:16:22

Tried to install from Intel again per your link/ suggestions, mickliq. As before, after downloading, got a notice saying driver isn't validated for this computer, and to check in (again) with Dell. Nothing on that end.

Thanks for the warning re the built-in display's drivers, Tubesandwires. SInce I wasn't successful with the Intel download, it's working fine. The Viewsonic's functional, if not up to speed.

Will post again after setting up the adapter and let you know how things turn out.


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#8
January 11, 2011 at 12:33:47
"Tried to install from Intel again per your link/ suggestions, mickliq. As before, after downloading, got a notice saying driver isn't validated for this computer, and to check in (again) with Dell."

You probably have to un-install the Dell video drivers BEFORE you install the Intel video drivers.

"Monitor requires 1920 X 1080 resolution, max available for second monitor on the Dell is 1400 X 910. Works, but res/ proportions are obviously wrong."

For the time being, pick the highest resolution that has the same ratio of width to height, if you can, when you divide the width by the height,
1920:1080 - 16:9 - 1.7777 to 1
and turn on Clear Type - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.
http://www.microsoft.com/typography...

(1400 X 910 - 1.5385 to 1)


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