Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Oakville, Cogeco
I just bought a new 23" widescreen Dell monitor for work. There was a deal for$170.
Well, I plugged it into the onboard VGA of my Dell Optiplex 170L and the computer actually couldn't go as high as the native res of 1980x1020!! I updated all drivers, firmware, etc, etc.
So I had to run out and buy a separate video card.....a PCI FX5200. PCI, because this Optiplex doesn't have a PCI-e or AGP slot.
I plugged it all in, and then I figured I'd use the DVI connection..... Guess what, the EVGA Gefore FX5200 can't do 1980x1020 over DVI!! But I can get 1980x1020 with the analog connection. Thank goodness.
The reason I posted this here is because it goes to show why people shouldn't just run out and buy LCD's without doing some research first. The issue I usually research for the older people at work is to make sure the native res isn't going to be too tiny to read. I know people who have widescreen LCD's set to 1024x768 because anything smaller is too hard to read, and they ignore the "fat" effect.