New monitor

  kalstras 19:23 10 Apr 2007

I have just purchased a new 22" TFT monitor, and it supports 1600x1050, my old monitor was a 17" CRT. am I right in thinking I need a graphics card to enable smooth programming. It seems apps take a long time to open. ARGH!

  Fingees 19:44 10 Apr 2007

I suggest you give details of your existing graphics card.

the spec can then be checked.

Although the natural res is 1600 x 1050.
It is probably able to run at a lot less than this.

the main thing is frame rate.

Some people are not happy with such a high res, as it makes many things smaller like icons etc.

it's a matter of finding what you prefer yourself

  Totally-braindead 19:47 10 Apr 2007

Agree with Fingees, my default TFT resolution is 1280 x 1024 but I'm not happy with that even if I alter the size of the icons so I run at 1024 x 768 which for me is better. On some games I run the resolution up but with most things the lower res suits me better. No point in getting eye strain.

  kalstras 19:56 10 Apr 2007

atm I have shared Intel Extrreme graphics@ up to 48mb, which by todays standards isnt much.

My 22" monitor is also widescreen.

what do you suggest I run my display properties at then?

  kalstras 20:56 10 Apr 2007


  kalstras 22:32 10 Apr 2007

why is my monitor slowing down my computer?

  citadel 22:36 10 Apr 2007

you pc is using motherboard graphics, these use system memory leaving less for other things. If your motherboard has a pci-express slot or a agp slot you can install a graphics card. If you do not play games a cheap one will do.

  woodchip 22:45 10 Apr 2007

You need to install a Graphics card, but what sort depends on your Motherboard and what slots it as

  kalstras 23:04 10 Apr 2007

Thanks all

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