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LCD moniter, no driver?

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#1 BigElCat


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:04 PM

Is it okay to connect an LCD monitor to a computer if the only video driver on the computer is one for a CRT monitor. I realize you'd have to find the proper driver ASAP, but will harm occur to the LCD to use it briefly while the install wizard looks for the driver?

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:03 AM

Monitors do not need a driver. Your video card on the other hand might.


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:11 AM

will harm occur to the LCD

No, but there's a possibility that the refresh rate currently set for a CRT could be higher than an LCD can display, which would result in an "Out of Range" indication and no image. Before using the LCD, see if the resolution and refresh are set to something the LCD can display. It's safest to set 60Hz refresh initially unless you know the LCD has a higher specification.

What is called a driver for monitors is a configuration file or utility that informs the video driver of the monitor's capabilities. Often the Plug & Play facility can discover this information for itself from the monitor's EDID data, so a "driver" may not be essential.
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