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Unable to get 1440 x 900 resolution with onboard graphics.

ECS 661FX-M motherboard. Bios Phoenix 6.00PG Ver. 1.01 is latest available for this model so I can't get onboard graphics upgrade to 1440 x 900. Only VGA available in BIOS setup.
Intel Celeron D
AGP3 slot 8x/4x support.
Would a Graphics Card with DVI be a solution?
Is an ASUS A9250/TD/128M AGP Graphics Card with DVI ouput compatible and would it solve my problem?

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  • brianarbon Jan 04, 2009

    Thanks for advice Morriss, however I can't upgrade current graphics driver unless I update my BIOS. My BIOS is original and the latest 2005 version and there is no later version available, so I am stuck with 1280 x 1024 max res and a distorted image.
    Will I get wide screen resolution from a Graphics card even though my BIOS may not support it? Most AGP graphics cards don't even list 1440 x 900. 

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Yes, through bios you can only select VGA but it wont have any effect on what you see on windows, so let bios aside. Is through Windows Display properties that you select all the different resolutions... (RIGHT CLIC YOUR MOUSE OVER THE DESKTOP, SELECT PROPERTIES AND LOOK FOR THE SETTINGS TAB ON TOP, MOVE THE SLIDER AT THE MIDDLE TO SELECT RESOLUTIONS) in windows is where you should have the latest drivers from ECS (now PCCHIPS) for your motherboard's onboard graphics. 1440x900 is widescreen type resolution, only available rather recently by new monitors that support it and so I guess it wasn't included in your original motherboard driver CD. Then it's a must to have the new drivers installed and the monitor's plug and play recognized by windows in order to attain the desired resolution from the card.

Any new AGP video card will be far better than the onboard type. DVI is just a digital type of conector and doesn't have to do with the resolution selection, but it will make the images in the monitor show a little better since there is no signal degradation in digital transfer through the monitor cable.

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    Mauricio Garcia Jan 05, 2009

    There's no need to update your bios in order to install and use a new video card, video cards are almost stand alone from your motherboard bios. They have their own little bios inside (that you don't need to modify) that sometimes you'll able to see while booting just before the motherboard bios loads!

    Yes, you will get your widescreen resolutions from any respectable new video card, once you install the card and windows detect your monitor, the widescreen resolutions should appear for you to select.

    A personal recommendation if you like ati processor video cards are the X1300 series AGP cards.

    Finally it took me soome time but you might want to take a look at Display Changer, a program you run the old fashioned way (DOS style) but works on windows its a freeware. You may be able to force the 1440x900 resolution to your actual card with no problem.

    look for it at 12noon.com which has other simple safe programs

    But the best of all (I used to use a lot this program like 5 years ago and I can't believe it's still available and up to date!) its called PowerStrip, from EnTech Taiwan. Try this one first! its free too!

    Look for it at www.entechtaiwan.com


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