Upgrading Monitor

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  1. LenC

    LenC Registered Member

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    I have a 5-year old Dell desktop that keeps chugging along - running windows XP Home SP3.

    I'd like to get a larger monitor. The monitor I have now is 17 inch "square" analog flat screen. If I upgrade to a 19 inch "widescreen", would that be a problem? I ask because a friend of mine did something similar and had two vertical black bars appearing on each side of the monitor - making his widescreen look like a square.o_O

    Thanks,
    Len
     
  2. farmerlee

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    It shouldn't be a problem i had an old desktop with a radeon 9000 gfx card from 2002 running on a new dell 22" widescreen. Your friend might not have the correct driver installed for his monitor which can result in an incorrect display.
    Be aware that running a higher resolution screen requires the gfx card to work harder so performance may suffer if its not up to the task.
     
  3. LenC

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    Farmerlee -

    Thank you for your advice - especially about my old and feeble graphics card.

    Len
     
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    I would be a problem if you don't have a video card that can support widescreen.
     
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    If you can run a widescreen I definitely recommend it. I went from a Dell 1907FP 19" to an Acer AL2216W 22" wide screen a couple of weeks ago. Then I got to thinking since my ATI has two DVI outputs why not use both monitors? I got a Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1800 so I watch TV on one screen and browse the web in another :D Also widescreen gives you "peripheral vision" in FPS games.
     
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