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Graphics Card Purchase

by cdygrubbs / December 11, 2009 9:23 PM PST

I just ordered a monitor from newegg, an Asus 19" with a native resolution of 1680 x 1050. The integrated graphics in my Compaq Presario s3100nx is an s3 prosavage ddr. It does not support that resolution, I don't think. So I am thinking I need a graphics card.

I have a spare card, a pny gf4mx440agp (nvidia chip)card. Does this card support that resolution? I did find some things that said it would with a driver update but I am still not sure.

If it doesn't what kind of card should I buy? I don't want anything too powerful as I only have a 200 watt psu. I just want the monitor working at its native resolution.

Compaq presario s3100nx
768mb ddr ram
s3 prosavage ddr integrated graphics
windows xp
athlon xp processor
Ordered an Asus vw198t.

Thanks for your help,

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(NT) I'd try first. It's not unlikely to work.
by Kees Bakker / December 11, 2009 9:48 PM PST
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2009 9:51 PM PST
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ANY video card with the Nvidia 6200 chip on it. That's not many Watts so it avoids the power supply issue.

BUT this may not be the only thing you need to do. Besides video card drivers many FORGET the monitor information file. Many are called MONITOR.INF and I don't see where you installed that for your monitor.

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by cdygrubbs / December 12, 2009 12:46 AM PST
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I'll try the inf file when I receive the monitor. Does anyone know if my mx440 card supports that resoluion in case the integrated graphics don't work out?


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I went to
by cdygrubbs / December 12, 2009 12:53 AM PST
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Nvidia's website and the release notes for the driver list 1680x1050 under the table of "non-standard modes supported".

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Just to repeat.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2009 2:11 AM PST
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Unless I install the monitor's .inf file Windows and the video card driver may not know to show that resolution.

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by cdygrubbs / December 12, 2009 2:19 AM PST
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I guess thats all I need to know. I'll try that when the monitor comes in.

Thank You

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