Solved will new monitor work with older pc?

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November 29, 2012 at 21:13:37
Specs: Windows XP, P3/512
want to buy larger pc monitor.
resolution on new monitor is 1600 X 900.

current monitor is set at 1024 X 768.

will i be able to set a higher resolution to use new monitor?
is this dependent on my video card or monitor driver?


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November 29, 2012 at 21:24:25
It is dependent on the graphics in the computer. More likely you have a graphics chip integrated into the motherboard. You may not be able to use a digital LCD panel if your graphics chip is not capable.

Your old monitor sounds like a CRT (tube) type monitor. Is the old monitor heavy and very think, front to back? If so, that is a CRT.

Post some model numbers for more comprehensive help. Post the brand and model of both the computer and the monitor.

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November 30, 2012 at 07:10:55
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"is this dependent on my video card or monitor driver?"

It's dependent on your graphics card & graphics driver, monitor drivers are rarely needed. Please post the make/model of your graphics card or onboard graphics chip. And just an observation - you should consider adding more RAM.

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November 30, 2012 at 23:21:07
thank you both for your answers.

yes, current monitor is crt.
my Dell pc is about 8 years old with a P3 motherboard.
using windows XP Pro.

my graphics card is a NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 model 64/model 64 pro.
its highest current resolution appears to be 1280 X 1024.
i am using it at 1024 X 768.

new monitors i'm considering are HP, Acer or Viewsonic and offer 1600 X 900 resolution.

this is all new to me. do i have to use the new monitor at that resolution or will it 'work' with a lower resolution setting?

thanks again for your time.

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December 1, 2012 at 07:22:22
Looking at the release notes for the latest driver for your graphics and Windows version it appears that driver applied to that graphics card will not support 16:9 wide screen displays. See the link below.

You can buy an inexpensive replacement card that should support modern LCD monitors. Should you be interested in that option I suggest you start a new thread. Post the model of your computer in that thread.

The Dell model is necessary so we can determine the type of slot available, if any to fit a different graphics card.

Might be time to consider a new PC.

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December 6, 2012 at 23:32:42
thank you all.
solved my concerns by buying a used Dell 19" with 4:3 ratio.
paid $30. just installed it and it looks great.

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