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#1 Queen-Evie

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:18 PM

Monitor that came with my computer in 7/02 died tonight. Right now I'm using a borrowed monitor, so I know for sure my issue with seeing nothing on the screen was because the original quit working.
I'd like to replace it with a flat panel LCD, either 17 or 19 inch.
My video card is a MSI (Microstar) Radeon 9200 series-128MB.

The questions I have are would I need to upgrade my video card if I do get an lcd monitor? If so, what would be the minimum I'd need to purchase?

Reason I'm asking is because 2 weeks ago I purchased an lcd moniter, 19 wide-screen. Hooked it up, and everything looked out of focus and off color. I adjusted the color settings, and whatever other settings the monitor has. Graphics drivers were updated. Tried various screen resolutions-nothing worked. Ended up returning the monitor and getting my money back.

This time, I don't want to go through the hassle I did a few weeks ago. And I'll not get another wide-screen, didn't care much for it.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:22 PM

Did you have the updated drivers for the monitor, too, or just for the video card?


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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:55 PM

I did have updated drivers for my monitor. Since I'm using my mom's right now I've not checked for drivers. It's the same brand, different model.

Kind of had a feeling that my moniter was on it's way out-every once in while it would "blip out" real quick and what I was looking at would disappear for a second or 2. A few times when everything would come back up the screen would look skewed and I'd have to reboot to get it back to normal.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:12 AM

An LCD monitor will work without issue as long as it's got the same plug on the cord (I presume yours is the blue 15 pin VGA). Newer monitors are coming with DVI connectors, but you can get adapters to convert from DVI to VGA and vice versa.
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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:14 AM

The moniter I purchased, then returned, did have the same type connector on it.
I'll head out sometime today for another monitor. I'll not get a new card unless I have to.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:38 AM

You'll note that with LCD monitors,

they have a "native" resolution (such as 1280 x 1024) which will give you the sharpest screen image

since it is using each pixel to display only one pixel worth of image.


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Posted 27 June 2007 - 10:18 AM

I tried 1280 x 1024 with the one I bought, still didn't look right. Then I tried other resolutions-no improvement.
The thing with 1280x1024 is that the font size is small and my eyes need bigger size so I can easily read what's on the screen. For me that means 800x600.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 01:49 PM

I understand.

If you are using Windows XP,

you might want to try turning on Cleartype which should help somewhat.


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Posted 28 June 2007 - 02:10 PM

Yesterday I began experiencing other issues unrelated to the monitor. After spending hours troubleshooting and not being able to resolve the issues, I took my computer to the tech this morning. He had a simple, easy fix. While there I decided to hook up a flat panel lcd moniter to my computer. It worked like a dream, so bought it.
John, thank you for the clear type link-I enabled it and everything looks good.




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