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Are Dell monitors not compatible with older HP Pavilion Computer? I tried to connect my HP CPU to a Dell monitor and it will not recognize it at all.

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  • hansenarch Jul 18, 2009

    Thank you yachtpro, it makes sense.
    The next problem then is that I have not used my HP tower in years, gave my Viewsonic monitor away, and am now trying to re-use it as a temp solution for a friend who has a small Dell monitor. Guess I need to find a 'compatible' monitor first to change the settings.
    This would work, correct?

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It shouldn't make any difference which monitor you are connecting to any computer. In fact, I am running a 19" HP Flat Panel on my Dell Dimension 2400 right now. It is NOT a wide screen monitor as the Dell built in graphics card will not support the RESOLUTION RATIO required for the wide screen. Check what setting is "native resolution" for your monitor and see if your graphics card will support it. If not, using your old monitor, try different resolution settings. Right click on your desk top, click on properties and that should bring up the display properties box. Try a lower setting as larger settings are the ones that will give you a black screen. It will probably give you a smaller picture on your old monitor, or perhaps smaller or larger icons on the desk top. Accept the new settings, turn off your computer and switch monitors, and turn your computer back on. If you get a picture, but it does not fill the whole screen or the icons seem too large or small, then go back into properties from the desktop and try a different resolution ratio until the picture seems correct.

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  • Art Weber Jul 20, 2009

    If both monitors are CRT type (not LCD) either one should work. Older smaller monitors usually defaulted to 640 x 480 resolution, and as they got larger (17") the resolution bumped up to 800 X 600. As I said, my new flat panel 19" is not a wide screen and runs the 5:4 aspect ratio. Its resolution is 1280 X 1027 which also happens to be the maximum resolution that my on-board graphics card will handle. Try a different monitor. If your HP tower is that old, it may not even handle SVGA graphics,

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