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New Video Card for Monitor

by Hayden115 / September 23, 2007 6:09 AM PDT

I ordered a new monitor for my 2.5yr old PC. The monitor is a wide-screen with resolution of 1680x1050. I looked at my video card and it does not have this as a res (likley since wide-screens were not being offered at the time). I downloaded an updated driver but it still does not support that resolution (I also made sure to show all resolutions, not just the ones supported by my current monitor).
So I guess I need a new video card and I am trying to figure which to buy.
I currently have the NVIDEA GeFORCE4 MX 440 with AGP 8x. I mainly use the pc for photo editing, not really for games (the only game played is SIMS2 occasionaly).
I've looked at some cards but they were close to $200 which is more than I would like to spend, would rather put it towards a new PC is I were going to spend that.
Any advice on which to purchase, which brand is good, and what I need to know when purchasing a graphics card????
Also, the new monitor is both digital and analog. My current monitor is only analog, and that is the only way it connects to the PC. If I buy a new video card, would it allows to use either analog or video, or is that dependent on another factor.
Basically I am cluseless with video cards as I've never had to upgrade or replace it.
Thanks for the help...

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Did you install the monitor's driver too?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2007 6:54 AM PDT

The video card often takes a cue from the monitor as to resolutions. Did you install the monitor's driver yet?


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Do not have monitor yet...
by Hayden115 / September 23, 2007 7:49 AM PDT

No, I haven't received the new monitor yet- should receive it this week. But I did go into the control panel/display/settings/advance and un-checked "hide modes this monitor can not display." Since I did not see the one I specified above, I am assuming this is an issue with the video-card and not with the monitor driver. I would hope you are right, but from what I've read, it sounds like I likely need a new card.

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Again those can be ones that are locked out because...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2007 7:53 AM PDT

The monitor can't support it.

You may be replacing a card that could do the task but that's up to you to decide whether to try the monitor.inf or driver and hook it up for a test.

Your time and money...


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I will wait...
by Hayden115 / September 23, 2007 7:58 AM PDT

I guess I will wait then until I receive the monitor. Is it possible to download the driver onto my PC without the new monitor, and seeing if I can change the resolution, or would my current monitor be disabled as a result?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2007 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: I will wait...

Since I don't see you supplying links to said driver or the contents of the usual MONITOR.INF file I'll just comment I've seen a few replace the card without need.


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Its the Dell 2007wfp
by Hayden115 / September 23, 2007 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Sometimes...

I tried to download the driver from Dell, but for some reason when I select the model, it brings me back to selecting which display- I am not sure if there is a problem with the site or some other reason. So unfortunately can not provide a link. I currently have the hp pavilion vf17.

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You may want to wait.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2007 9:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Its the Dell 2007wfp
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