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LCD Monitor - Dell Desktop Compatability issues.

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  1. IIkDII

    IIkDII Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys -

    I just bought a Samsung 2253BW LCD Monitor and the problem I am having is that there is no DVI connector on my CPU - i.e. I can't connect the DVI cable from the monitor to my CPU because there is no bus.

    I have a Dell Dimension 4500, P4 -2Ghz, 1 GB RAM, running Windows XP. The rest of the specs are:

    Expansion Bus
    Bus types
    PCI and AGP
    Bus speed
    PCI: 33 MHz; AGP: 66 MHz
    AGP connector
    one
    AGP connector size
    172 pins
    AGP connector data width (maximum)
    32 bits
    AGP bus protocols
    4x/2x modes at 1.5 V
    PCI connectors
    four
    PCI connector size
    120 pins
    PCI connector data width
    (maximum)
    32 bits


    Ports and Connectors
    Externally accessible:
    Serial
    9-pin connector; 16550C-compatible
    Parallel
    25-hole connector (bidirectional)
    Video
    15-hole connector
    Keyboard
    6-pin mini-DIN connector or USB connector
    Mouse
    6-pin mini-DIN connector or USB connector
    USB
    two front-panel and four back-panel USB–compliant connectors
    Headphone
    front-panel miniature connector
    Audio1
    three miniature connectors for line-in, line-out, and microphone
    Internally accessible:
    Primary IDE channel
    40-pin connector on PCI local bus
    Secondary IDE channel
    40-pin connector on PCI local bus
    Floppy drive
    34-pin connector
    1 Present only on computers with integrated audio capabilities.


    Video
    Video controller
    AGP 4X



    So can I upgrade my video card (do i need to upgrade ?) such that I get maximum mileage out of my monitor. If so, what video card do I buy (type, pins etc). If I buy a video card, how would I install it, since there is no pin coming out of the computer that matches my cable.

    The cable has 18 pins - 9 on one side and 9 on the other, and one slightly bigger pin.

    I'm sorry if that's too many questions. I am totally lost here so I am not even really sure what i should be asking.

    Thanks.
     
  2. IIkDII

    IIkDII Thread Starter

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    I forgot to add:

    1. I have barely any money left after the monitor purchase, so I would be looking to spend as little as possible. However, I would like to get maximum utility out of the graphics card, so if i a 50$ card does not do the trick, I'd rather wait a few weeks and buy a better one.


    2. Would my hardware be able to handle a better graphics card, My computer is already on the slower side.
     
  3. Mazley

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    Go to your local pc store and buy a dvi to vga adaptor and a vga lead (or you may be able to use your old one if it's still ok). Should be fairly cheap
     
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    Thanks. Would I be able to get digital output with that (I should've mentioned my monitor is working, but it's on analog and I keep getting a pop-up stating that the monitor is not using its optimal settings).

    Also, I don't get a setting for 1600 X 1050 - only 1600 X 1200.
     
  5. IIkDII

    IIkDII Thread Starter

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    hey guys I'm sorry for pestering. My video card is 32MB ATI Rage 128 Ultra. I downloaded the latest driver for it. I was getting 1600 X 1200 resolution before. I rebooted and I can't even get that now.
     
  6. Mazley

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    With such an old card, you may not be able to get the wide-screen setting (1600x1050). Maybe a good idea to upgrade - look into replacement AGP cards, even some of the cheaper ones now days should be able to support the wide-screen resolutions.
     
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    Hey, Thanks a lot for the help. I have one final question, I have a 250W power supply, and a 4X AGP slot. Can I upgrade my video card with that and if so are there any cards you (or someone else) would recommend.
     
  8. Mazley

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    250w certainly doesn't give you much room to move - make sure you get a card that states it is AGPx4 compatible (check the manufacturers website if you're unsure). Getting whatever is cheap in your area should be ok - but if you can find the money for a bigger power supply, it would certainly help!
     
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