Question about Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop
I have a wide screen 22" Samsung monitor. The resolution settings don't allow me to set to 1680x1050 which is the proper setting for the wide screen. The result is a stretched out image. I've been told to buy a new video card or look for a possible update for my existing card. How do I find the make and type of video card that I have, so I can check for updates?
Click on the Start button >Settings >Control Panel >Display >Settings >Advanced >Adapter
This will give you the make and model of your display adapter. You can then click on Properties >Driver >Update Driver, let Windows check the Internet for updates.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
You can right click the mouse on the windows desktop and select PROPERTIES, there you select the SETTINGS tab and look for a resolution slider, move it and see if you can find the resolution you need.
To find out what video card you have, you can click on the ADVANCED button on that same SETTINGS tab. It will open a new window where you will need to click on the ADAPTER tab. There will be the info on the graphic card, the resolutions it can support will be listed on the LIST ALL MODES... button.
Take into account you might have an integrated graphics card, so it may be necessary to know the manufacturer of the motherboard in order to find an updated driver that supports the new resolutions of new wide screen monitors.
Any other doubt on this subject feel free to ask on this same post.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
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The short answer is no. The belief that widescreen HD monitors require special video cards derives from a combination of two sources. First, most Windows users know that you can change the display resolution by right clicking on the desktop, clicking on settings, and then choosing a resolution from a drop-down menu. What most users do not know is that the choices displayed in that drop down menu are what Windows, the Video Card manufacturer, and the Monitor's manufacturer want you to see. The fact is, most video cards are capable of displaying popular widescreen resolutions such as 1680x1050 dpi and 1920x1080 HD which are 16:10 and 16:9 resolutions.
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