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Upgrading Monitor

Postby SpudGun on Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:13 am

I'm going to upgrade my monitor from CRT to LCD during the christmas holliday, is there anything i should do first before i switch monitors, i know that in windows you can just bung it on there and windows finds new hardware, i dont know what will happen in linux, will i have to reinstall? I hope not, I've been running mint 5 from its beginning with no problems on this machine and i dont want to reinstall untill the next LTS. any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby Husse on Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:50 am

Just plug it in
If you have DMI no problems, if you use vga you may get problems with resolution, but nothing that can't be solved
(remember gksu displayconfig-gtk )
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby SpudGun on Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:35 am

Thanks for the advice Husse, i'll give it go and see what happens. :D
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby rivenought on Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:29 am

The only thing I might add is that the style of monitor may be a factor depending on your video card/driver. I am not sure if this is a problem anymore, but in the past, I saw an issue with a wide screen monitor and a video chip that would only support the standard measurements. That guy just carried the wide screen back to the store, exchanged for a full screen one, and had flawless performance after that.

With all the bargains I have seen recently with LCD prices, this looks like an excellent time to invest in some new hardware. Please post back and let us know what you brought home.
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby SpudGun on Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:53 am

rivenought wrote:The only thing I might add is that the style of monitor may be a factor depending on your video card/driver. I am not sure if this is a problem anymore, but in the past, I saw an issue with a wide screen monitor and a video chip that would only support the standard measurements. That guy just carried the wide screen back to the store, exchanged for a full screen one, and had flawless performance after that.

With all the bargains I have seen recently with LCD prices, this looks like an excellent time to invest in some new hardware. Please post back and let us know what you brought home.


Ok, will do, i'll be looking to place an order next week, probably from Dabs, they got some LG monitors for around 100 quid. :D
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby SpudGun on Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:29 am

I've now done the upgrade, i got a 22'' Belnea for £107, bunged it on there and it worked, but still at my old screen res of 1024 x 768, the menu was the size of a sheet of A4 :D it took me a lot of trial and error before i settled for 1440 x 900. This is a dual boot machine with XP on the first drive, and the strange thing is, it now runs at a faster refresh rate in linux than it does in windows WOW! 60 for windows and 75 for linux :lol:
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby Husse on Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:55 am

And as it is a LCD the refresh rate is not of much interest - note that 60 or 75 are the only (?) refresh rates to use with LCD and the default is 60 for most (all?)
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby SpudGun on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:34 am

Husse wrote:And as it is a LCD the refresh rate is not of much interest - note that 60 or 75 are the only (?) refresh rates to use with LCD and the default is 60 for most (all?)

Thats the main reason i wanted to upgrade, CRT's and linux was killing my eyes, my pc in windows does 115 on a CRT and linux could only do 85. I'm a very happy man now with my LCD, best upgrade i ever did :D
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby SpudGun on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:37 am

I Dont know why that posted twice. :oops:
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Re: Upgrading Monitor

Postby Husse on Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:21 am

CaptainStrangePork wrote:I Dont know why that posted twice. :oops:

This happens from time to time - happened to me too,
There's a delete button - a little x - that you can use to delete your own posts.
I deleted the double - it's in my powers :lol:
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