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New PC, old monitor wont work

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by IBwebin, Feb 10, 2003.

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  1. IBwebin

    IBwebin Thread Starter

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    I just got a brand new eMachines T2460. I could not offord the monitor and have a Packard Bell 1010...FCC ID:BEJCP480, made in 1996. When I connect this monitor, it displays fine, until Windows starts (XP) and then the display goes dark. Do I need to get a driver for this monitor, or what? This monitor looks as if it just came out of the box and has beautiful color upon boot. I really would appreciate some help using it.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. torgo

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    do you get all the normal bios text stuff while booting?
     
  3. IBwebin

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    Yes, I get the BIOS text, but only for a few seconds. Not long enough to read it. Now, I have an old DELL monitor which works fine with this machine, so I am thinking DRIVER.
     
  4. Dynochem

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    Try going in using F8 to SAFE mode & see if you get a display.
    It may be a driver problem... but I'm thinking the monitor maybe cant operate at the refresh rate XP is throwing into it (either too low or too high)
    I have a couple of 1995 monitors that work fine in '98 but wont take the 3D tricks XP pushes at it.
     
  5. IBwebin

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    Yes, It displays fine in SAFE mode. I already tried that. It wouldn't display on my other PC, which was runnung 98, either. But this monitor is only a 96 model, and not that old. Is there a solution?
     
  6. Dynochem

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    It displays in safe mode... so it's almost certainly the refresh rate thats the problem.
    Older monitors (pre Win 98) were only capable of around 56Hz refresh.
    All graphics cards around that time could support that low refresh rate.
    Everything nowadays (cards & monitors) run at around 70-85 Hz.
    If you know someone with an older PC running DOS or Win95 try it hooked up to their PC. I bet it works fine.
    I have 15" IBM's from around that time that I cant hook up to anything modern even though they work perfectly with older PCs
    See if you can find the monitor's spec on the Packard -Bell site. It may tell you the maximum refresh rate.
    If it's only 56Hz... get a new monitor
     
  7. realdragon

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    winXP doesn't support such old monitor.
    to change to win98 will be OK
     
  8. IBwebin

    IBwebin Thread Starter

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    Thanks, People! I guess I'll chuck the monitor.
     
  9. torgo

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    don't chuck it, many schools or charity groups will gladly take it and put it to good use. Look on the net there are organizations that would love to have any old pc parts.
     
  10. IBwebin

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    You got it, brother. I'll donate it. Thanks Guys!
     
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