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Old 12-07-07, 09:29 PM   #1
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Monitor question

So the wife and kids surprised Dad with a new 19" widescreen monitor. It advises setting resolution to 1440 x 990. Sadly, my video card, which I believe is integrated in the MB on my Compaq will only go to 1280 x 768. I have been online and downloaded the latest driver, which seems to help a bit, but text seems a bit pixelated and blurry.

Graphics card is an S3 Graphics ProSavage DDR. Device manager shows the location to be PCI bus 1. However, the monitor cord does not plug into a card, it plugs into a little area to the side of the computer. Pics will be forthcoming.

Any suggestions about getting better quality text?
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Nice gift! I don`t know but help will surely be along soon.
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Or put your hands on your hips ,look her in the eye and ask "where is the rest of the damn computer"
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Tell your kids to go back and spring on a new PC. We all know your wife was just taggin' along to add her name to the givers' list anyway.
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grrr
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stupid firefox.

Compaq 233mhz?
XP has Clear Text which lets you do alot of tweaking of graphics although i get the feeling you're not using xp on that machine if it's as old as i think it is.

My two cents would be to shop for a new system on www.tigerdirect.com.
My friend who seems to always be sending me those links finds prebuilt systems for 200-300 bucks.
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Tell your kids to go back and spring on a new PC. We all know your wife was just taggin' along to add her name to the givers' list anyway.
hey you stole my idea....
oooh i saw what you did.. that is sooo naughty
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It is a Compaq Presario 6400nx with an AMD Athlon XP1800+ 1.53Ghz and 224 mb of ram. That is all Greek to me, just writing down system information from the control panel. OS is XP home ed. 2002 sp 2
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It is a Compaq Presario 6400nx with an AMD Athlon XP1800+ 1.53Ghz and 224 mb of ram. That is all Greek to me, just writing down system information from the control panel. OS is XP home ed. 2002 sp 2
Heh. That's the exact system I have except mine's home built with 1.5gb of ram and an ATI Video card and a nvidia video card.

What you probably need is to try
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?Recs=10&Nav=|c:319|&Sort=4

Make sure you have an available PCI slot open and pick up a 13 - 30 dollar video card. Then pop the video card in and disable the onboard video either on the mb (bios) or in xp and you should be set
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224 RAM is a really odd number. Themachine comes stock with 128, so doubled would be 256 MB. it can handle up to 1 MB which is really 1024, but anyway, you can max it out for about $60 and that will help overall performance quite a bit.

You can probably put in a decent graphics card for about $50.

Or you can visit tiger and catch something on sale cheap, like in the $300 - 400 range that will be a vast improvement overall.
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224 RAM is a really odd number. Themachine comes stock with 128, so doubled would be 256 MB. it can handle up to 1 MB which is really 1024, but anyway, you can max it out for about $60 and that will help overall performance quite a bit.

You can probably put in a decent graphics card for about $100.

Or you can visit tiger and catch something on sale cheap, like in the $300 - 400 range that will be a vast improvement overall.
Umm 20-40 bucks will buy a more then competent video card.

The 224 mb of ram comes from what is called "Shared Video Memory"
256-224 = 32mb
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Yeah I had to edit the card estimate, been a while since I bought one stand alone.
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liar, you lick the pictures, admit it.
first he has to look at them to see if they are lick worthy.
For example gran...
ermm you know what i'm not gonna go there.
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Any suggestions on brands/models of video cards? And how do I make sure the new card will handle 1440 x 990 res? I am even dumber about computers than I am about bikes or zombies.
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liar, you lick the pictures, admit it.
Well, you would too if your family had got you the scratch-n-sniff monitor that I know you secretly wanted.

It's probably good you didn't get one. I know it ruined a LOT of my favorite sites.
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1 sec let me do some research on this card.
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...IN#detailspecs
Should be able to accomplish that with the latest drivers (AKA don't use the CD - instead visit http://www.nvidia.com/ and get the latest drivers from there)
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Any suggestions on brands/models of video cards? And how do I make sure the new card will handle 1440 x 990 res? I am even dumber about computers than I am about bikes or zombies.


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Pretty much any card out now will do that resolution. It's more than you had before, but it's not a huge resolution. I'd be surprised if your current card (well, built-in chip) can't do it. Windows is probably still set up for the old monitor, with its resolution limits still in place.
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By the way, the blurriness is due to running the LCD at a non-native resolution, which always looks crappy. Once you get it to do the proper 1440x900, the blurriness issues will vanish.
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OMG, I am laughing my ass off over here. Luckily I did not just spit beer on my new monitor.
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By the way, the blurriness is due to running the LCD at a non-native resolution, which always looks crappy. Once you get it to do the proper 1440x900, the blurriness issues will vanish.
The monitor is not from Texas, it came from Tennessee, is that what you mean by non native? <puzzled jsharr look>
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LCD monitors have one dot ("pixel") for every dot of resolution, so yours is a grid of pixels, 1440 across by 900 down. If you run it at anything less than 1440x900 (like 1280x768), it has to try to fudge things, and approximate the smaller resolution, which tends to look anywhere from bad to awful.
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