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Monitors for win98SE

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My old trusty Samsung (CRT type) 17 inch monitor used daily since 1996 packed up yesterday with dramatic flashing and a burning smell occurring on on boot up.

Humm...Wondering if just any 19 inch LCD type monitor would do as a replacement? Preliminary look around suggests finding a win98SE driver could be a problem though?

Any recommendations or thoughts on this? TIA

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jaclaz    927

My old trusty Samsung (CRT type) 17 inch monitor used daily since 1996 packed up yesterday with dramatic flashing and a burning smell occurring on on boot up.

Humm...Wondering if just any 19 inch LCD type monitor would do as a replacement? Preliminary look around suggests finding a win98SE driver could be a problem though?

Any recommendations or thoughts on this? TIA

Monitors don't really *need* drivers.

The video card outputs a (VGA) signal, at a given resolution and refresh rate, a (CRT) monitors can ether "hook" that signal or it cannot, under OS that can recognize the monitor, resolution (and expecially refresh rates) that the monitor cannot support are disabled in the video card settings.

On LCD the matter is slightly different, a LCD monitor has a "native" resolution, for a 19 inch "typically" it is 1280x1024 (WxH) or 1280x800 depending if the monitor is 5:4 or 16:10

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_size

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_resolution

On LCD, ANY resolution which is not it's "native" one will be interpolated/stretched and what not, in any case it will work with far then optimal visual results, so what you really should take care of is that your video card (and it's drivers) supports the specific "native" video resolution that your LCD monitor has.

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loblo    23

The unnofficial nVidia 82.69 drivers at least support widescreen monitors. Last month my old trusted 19inch CRT that was always on since 7 years fried and I use now a 23inch 1920x1080 (16:9) LCD monitor without any issues due to OS, video card or graphic drivers, installing it was just a matter of plugging it to the 7950 GT video card output.

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Thanks for helpful info, esp. on checking display rate capability.

Am thinking of Samsung S19B150N. Interestingly they do provide Device Driver, but for Win 7 (for some reason Win 7 may need it evidently; see. See: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/LS19B150NS/ZA#). Guess it's not an issue for win98.

Strange behaviour here, though. Have temporarily replaced old Samsung monitor with another oldie SynchMaster 700IFT. Picure is ok, but every browswer page of any complexity gets refreshed; i.e. screen blanks and then refreshes - just once. . Not an issue because i don't intend using the monitor, but curious....

Thanks again.

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jaclaz    927

Am thinking of Samsung S19B150N. Interestingly they do provide Device Driver, but for Win 7 (for some reason Win 7 may need it evidently; see. See: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/LS19B150NS/ZA#). Guess it's not an issue for win98.

That monitor "native" resolution is 1366 x 768@60Hz, check your video card (and it's drivers) to see if it is available.

Since it is an *almost* 16:9 display, the only other "common in the old times" resolution that might provide an acceptable quality is the WXGA 1280x720 ("pure" 16:9).

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Am thinking of Samsung S19B150N. Interestingly they do provide Device Driver, but for Win 7 (for some reason Win 7 may need it evidently; see. See: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/LS19B150NS/ZA#). Guess it's not an issue for win98.

That monitor "native" resolution is 1366 x 768@60Hz, check your video card (and it's drivers) to see if it is available.

Since it is an *almost* 16:9 display, the only other "common in the old times" resolution that might provide an acceptable quality is the WXGA 1280x720 ("pure" 16:9).

jaclaz

Seems as if it'll be ok...Graphics card, GeForce 6200, supports 1360 (sic) x 768 at 60Hz. But not 1366. Is that a difference that matters?

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Am thinking of Samsung S19B150N. Interestingly they do provide Device Driver, but for Win 7 (for some reason Win 7 may need it evidently; see. See: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/LS19B150NS/ZA#). Guess it's not an issue for win98.

That monitor "native" resolution is 1366 x 768@60Hz, check your video card (and it's drivers) to see if it is available.

Since it is an *almost* 16:9 display, the only other "common in the old times" resolution that might provide an acceptable quality is the WXGA 1280x720 ("pure" 16:9).

jaclaz

Seems as if it'll be ok...Graphics card, GeForce 6200, supports 1360 (sic) x 768 at 60Hz. But not 1366. Is that a difference that matters?

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jaclaz    927

Seems as if it'll be ok...Graphics card, GeForce 6200, supports 1360 (sic) x 768 at 60Hz. But not 1366. Is that a difference that matters?

Cannot say...

The 1360x768 is NOT supported by the monitor, see the Samsung User Manual, standard signal table:

If the signal from the PC is one of the following standard signal modes, the screen is set automatically. However, if the signal from

the PC is not one of the following signal modes, a blank screen may be displayed or only the Power LED may be turned on.

Therefore, configure it as follows referring to the User Manual of the graphics card.

it may work nonetheless, since it is "very near", but you are risking to have a brand bew monitor and need a new video card or use it at a less-than-optimal resolution. :unsure:

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loblo    23

If a 1360 pixel wide signal is stretched to a 1366 pixel wide LCD grid be prepared for atrocious rendering of small fonts and anything that has high frequency detail. However if your monitor allows for adjustment of image width you may perhaps manage to get a 1:1 (optimal) rendering using that feature.

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jaclaz    927

To have an idea of the other kind of issues when "playing" with non native resolutions:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/720897/viewsonic-n3252w-1360x768-resolution-issues

http://pixelmapping.wikispaces.com/Guide+to+1366x768

The "basic issue" is divisibility by 8, see:

http://forums.entechtaiwan.com/index.php?topic=20.0

but how exactly the combo graphic card+ 98 drivers + monitor will behave exactly I cannot say, Powerstrip may be the only way to have them working "properly" :unsure: .

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Spock    0

At this point we don't even know if the OP HAS an nVidia card.. :lol:

Yes using NVidia GeForce 6200 graphics card, which does have "Custom Resolution" - not ever used it mind.

Seems a bit odd this 1366 figure. Wonder if it's a typo in Samsung's manual for 1360? I mention this because another monitor (not Samsung) also has 1360 x 768 which agrees with the standard in the GeForce 6200.

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jaclaz    927

At this point we don't even know if the OP HAS an nVidia card.. :lol:

You might not, we do:

Seems as if it'll be ok...Graphics card, GeForce 6200, supports 1360 (sic) x 768 at 60Hz. But not 1366. Is that a difference that matters?

:whistle:

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