Radoen 9800 and 19in widescreen TFT

  wonderloaf 19:58 26 Mar 2006
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I've decided that I should join the 21st century, and buy myself a nice 19in widescreen TFT monitor, the model I'm interested in is an Acer A1916ws, which has a maximum resolution of 1440 x 900. The problem is that my graphics card, a Radeon 98SE, has a max resolution of 1280 x 1024, which doesn't match the monitor. My question is will I be able to use this monitor to it's full potential, or will I end up with black bars down the sides? Also, I've heard that a program called Powerstrip can help, but i have no experience of this, can anybody help before I go and spend my hard earned cash?

  Rigga 22:24 26 Mar 2006

I have a 9800Pro used with a 20" widescreen monitor running at 1680x1050. Which works fine.

Why do you say your 98se (i presume 9800SE) can only run at 1280x1024?

R.

The display properties usually show only the resolutions that the monitor supports therefore if your card supports resolutions higher than that but your monitor dosen't it would appear your card only supports upto 1280 x 1024 when infact it can go higher than this. I would be very surprised if a Radeon 9800 couldn't go higher than that.

  wonderloaf 07:40 27 Mar 2006

Hi [email protected] & Rigga, you are completely correct, the resolution I have quoted was the monitor resolution (although in my defence it does say 'Adaptor'). A quick look on the ATI web-site shows a max resolution of 2048 x 1536. However there isn't a specific 1440 x 900 resolution, and I understand that LCD monitors need to run a their native resolution. Does this matter?

  Rigga 09:16 27 Mar 2006

Before I purchased my monitor I didn't have a 1680x1050 resolution either. But when I installed the correct drivers for the monitor. The resolution became available.

HTH. R.

  wonderloaf 12:17 27 Mar 2006

Hi Rigga, going by your experience I should be OK, think I'll go and place the order now. Thanks for all the help.

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