Are old monitors compatible with new video cards?

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ecpool

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I built a computer for a friend whos mother board went bad (old AT computer). The new computer worked great at my place. when he
plugged in his older monitor It went black. He had another one kicking around and he was able to get it to come up with 16 colors etc. but it wouldn't shut down when you shut down the computer. He had to download the drivers for the video card to get the resolution back. the video card is a PNY GForce4mx440 with 64megs of DDR RAM. Is there an issue with older monitors and newer video cards? Can one hurt the other? Thanks in advance for the help.
 
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The only thing I see that would be a problem with an older monitor is that you may have trouble finding the right driver for the monitor and and older monitor doesn't have as many hours left as a new one.
 

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The main problem with an older monitor is it's refresh rate. It will probably have a maximum refresh rate of 60/72hz and newer monitors might have up to 120hz

If your graphics card is set for a high refresh rate, then the old monitor will not respond and you will just get a black screen

Ignore the problem with monitor drivers especially if using xp, windows default drivers always work


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