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LCD Flat Panel Computer Monitor Question

by ohhope / November 24, 2006 11:21 AM PST

If my Control Panel maximum resolution is 1280x1024 resolution will it be compatible with a 1440x900 resolution LCD Flat Panel monitor? The aspect ratio is different, as is the maximum resolution, so I am trying to find out if I should buy the new monitor. Or do I have to get a new video card or something else? Thank you for any help you can offer.

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Resolution
by Darton Fury / November 24, 2006 11:59 AM PST

1280x1024 = 1,310,720 pixels per screen. 1440x900 = 1,296,000 pixels per screen. The latter resolution is a little less. There is a simple formula for calculating how much video RAM a card needs to support specific resolutions. Multiply the total pixels per screen by the number of bytes per pixel. Then convert that number to megabytes by dividing by 1 megabyte, (1,048,576)

Example:

If you want to run at 1440x900/24 bit resolution
1440x900 = 1,296,000 pixels x 3 bytes(24 bits) = 3,888,000
3,888,000

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PIXELS and stuff
by ohhope / November 25, 2006 12:00 PM PST
In reply to: Resolution

DF, thank you for your reply. I wish I could do the calculations. I am terrible at math. (Pretty good with words, but numbers elude me.) I really tried. The converting confused me. Please help me figure out if my computer is compatible, as is, with a typical entry level flat panel monitor. I have nVidia Riva TNT 2 Model 64 video card. I understand it is compatible to VGA Output.(I don't know where to look for video RAM.) Here are some other stats I found about mine: "BUS AGP 4X, Memory 32 MB, Processor Intel Pent. 4 with SSE2."

Right now my resolution is set only to 800x600 because otherwise the graphics are too small. I want to buy a flat panel LCD monitor with a resolution of 1440x900 with wide screen or one with 1280x1024,not wide. Since my settings only go as high as 1280, should I stick with that resolution for my new monitor? Will the wide one look stretched or weird if I got it and set the resolution to 1280x1024? Thank you so much for any help you can offer.

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tnt2 may not support widescreen
by ramarc / November 27, 2006 12:26 AM PST
In reply to: PIXELS and stuff

the tnt2 is obsolete and is not listed as a supported product in recent nvidia drivers. thus, you'd probably need to use an older driver and it may not understand widescreens.

as for your control panel resolution, it is limited by the monitor you are using now. you can go into settings/advanced/adapter tab and clear "hide modes that this monitor cannot display" to see the other resolutions supported by your card/driver. you should always use the native resolution of the lcd monitor if possible; otherwise, your display will look fuzzy and/or stretched.

if you want a widescreen, i suggest you get a new agp card. any geforce 6000/7000 series or radeon x800/x1000 series will definitely support a widescreen monitor and continue to have driver support for the next few years.

if you just want better readability, get a 17" or 19" lcd which should work fine with your current tnt2.

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