Graphics Card Questions

  Rockarch 13:13 11 Aug 2007

I've just bought myself an LCD monitor to use with a docking station for my Dell laptop.
The native resolution of the monitor is 1280x1024 but the max setting I have on the display is 1024x768. The graphics card is an Intel 82852 which came with the laptop.So, as I don't know anything about this I have some questions:
1. Am I stuck with this configuration?
2. Do I need to upgrade the graphics card or is that even possible?
3. There is a new driver on the intel website for the graphics card -will it make any difference if I install this?
4. I thought that it was best to use LCDs at their native resolution but does it actually matter?

  martjc 13:42 11 Aug 2007

...native res of the monitor, but if you run it at that the icons, text on screen etc, will be very small unless it is a very large monitor. If not, I'd suggest you settle for 1024x768!
Graphics cards on laptops are generally not upgradable.
By all means use the latest drivers for all your hardware - each one is better than the last (usually) except in very rare circumstances.

Good luck.

  Rockarch 14:21 11 Aug 2007

Thanks again for the sensible advice Martjc - I think the less meddling the better though I will do the driver update.

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