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New video card for widescreen monitor?

by Koozman72 / February 16, 2008 12:23 PM PST

I have a 3 year old Media Center desktop model m1050y with a basic HP 17" CRT monitor; running Windows XP. I'm about to upgrade to a 22" LCD monitor but I'm wondering if I need a new video card in order to take full advantage of the new monitor? I am not a gamer but I'll be doing some photo and video editing, as well as watching TV. I am currently using the graphics card that came with the PC: a 128MB DDR ATI Radeon X300 SE with TV-out and PCI Express slot. Do I need something with DVI? Any advice? Please let me know if there is any more info I need to provide about my machine.

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Two things to consider. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 16, 2008 7:54 PM PST

What type of input does the new monitor have? If it has DVI and the video card does not, it's your choice. Get a new video card with DVI or use the regular monitor input.

What is the native resolution of the new monitor and will the video card provide it? If not, back to the above.

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New video card for widescreen monitor?
by Koozman72 / February 17, 2008 1:24 AM PST

The monitor has 1 DVI port and 1 VGA port. The native resolution is 1680 x 1050.

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There is some confusion about this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2008 1:29 AM PST

To support your new display requires two drivers. You may have one already installed which is the video card driver.

The other driver is for the monitor. It's not a true driver but describes to Windows and the video card driver the resolutions the display supports. Many try to check out if their card shows such a display setting and from that decide to replace the card (in error!)

Wait till you get the new display and have installed it's driver before looking into a replacement video card.

In closing I couldn't find your definition of "full advantage."


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More info
by Koozman72 / February 17, 2008 1:38 AM PST

By "full advantage" I guess what I mean is the best resolution I can get for what I intend to use it for (photo & video). The main reason this came into question is because of the following post by someone on another website concerning this monitor:

"Make sure you have a modern DVI video card in your computer before you buy this monitor, the VGA output really stinks in comparison, although this is not a defect of the monitor itself. The screen real estate goes on for DAYS when you set the resolution correctly on your computer to 1680x1050."

Do you think maybe I'm looking into this too much considering I don't intend to use it for gaming? Sorry for my low-tech responses - I really am a newb!

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I'd wait.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2008 1:43 AM PST
In reply to: More info

In some cases (most in fact) I see zero difference from VGA to DVI.

I'd wait and see.

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by Koozman72 / February 17, 2008 2:02 AM PST
In reply to: I'd wait.

Thanks guys! I will wait and see how the monitor performs.

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