I have an HP a400n computer, several years old, old VGA monitor is going out, plan to buy a new computer in a few months--no money now, does this HP computer accept the new flat screen monitors? I don't know how to tell by the video card or whatever, as I need a new monitor now and can't afford to buy the an entire new computer now!! If it does accept the newer monitors, I can buy a flat screen monitor to use now and then later buy a new tower system to go with it.
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Sure but you shouldn't need to tell the computer what type of monitor it is, windows should simply send the signal to the monitor and poof up comes your display, more advanced versions may auto-detect or youc an select it in the control panel under display. Try craigslist to pick up a cheap monitor in your area. I got a 15'' flat for 20 bucks.
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Hi, i've looked up the specifications for that desktop ( the s5310y slimline), and i'd like to let you know that it has a VGA video output on the back. Go to walmart and tell them you need a 'VGA monitor'. Or ask a friend, etc, go on ebay, there are several options.
VGA is getting quite old, and should not be difficult to find. You will also need to purchase a VGA cable to go between the monitor and computer.
1. What should I buy? Branded or non branded computer. Branded
computers are known as quality products. They are manufactured under
certain standards and quality control methods. But the disadvantage is
the high price. In the other hand non branded PCs are low in price but
cannot guarantee the quality. Whether if you buy branded or non branded
following details will be help you to make a decision easily.
consider this as the most important of all computer buying tips. Every
new computer should carry minimum 1 year warranty for parts and labor.
Please check the warranty period and conditions carefully before
purchasing a computer. Some suppliers provide additional years of
warranty with an additional charge. My personal advise is to go for
this extended warranty. Its worth.
buy from a reputed supplier. Don't buy from small shops just to save
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parts. Also you will be in trouble in getting warranty if they close
down shops within one year.
4. Software license
may get operating system and few additional software packages free with
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should get all documents related to license.
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Think what kind of work you are going to do with your computer. Most of the users are purchasing computers to browse Internet. Then an average PC with 256MB memory, Pentium IV
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VGA, 88GB + HDD
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How are you connecting to the Internet? If you're using a high speed Internet connection, such as cable broadband or DSL, you'll want to make sure you have a network card built into your system. If you have a wireless network at home or at
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have different sizes and types such as 17", 21", flat screen etc. Don't
go for 21" screen unless you are a graphic designer or CAD operator.
The price difference between 17" to 21" is very high. Flat (slim)
monitors are easy to use and looks good. Don’t throw away your monitor
if it's still working properly. Instead, keep it and save a chunk of
money by just replacing your old CPU [computer tower]. Monitors last
much longer than CPUs and the technology is usually compatible between
your old monitor and the new CPU. However, if you’re dissatisfied, then
monitors, keyboards and mouse are the three tools to spend extra money
on, since you use them every day!
Nope it isn't defective. You don't mention from your question if you bought a LCD type or the CRT type of monitor. But I think you bought a LCD monitor right? My question here is where do you connect it? From the graphic card or in the onboard vga of your motherboard? How old is your graphic card/onboard vga? That is always the problem of an old graphic card because it can't release more pixels that's why it says out of range. Connect your old monitor it will work because it can support your graphic card/onboard vga. Buy a new graphic card with a specification that will suit to your motherboard and to your new monitor before it become a money waste
I'VE BEEN HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM FOR MONTHS - SOMETIMES THE MONITOR WILL BE FINE FOR A FEW DAYS AND OTHERS IT WILL NOT COME BACK ON NO MATTER WHAT I DO. HOWEVER, I FINALLY FIGURED OUT THE PROBLEM AND THUS A SOLUTION AND IT ACTUALLY DIDN'T COST ME ANYTHING.
MY CPU DOES NOT HAVE A VGA OUTPUT SO I WAS GOING TO GO BUY A VGA/DVI CABLE ADAPTER BUT INSTEAD I FOUND A VGA/DVI ADAPTER IN THE BOX THAT MY COMPUTER CAME IN. I ATTACHED IT TO THE DVI CABLE THAT I ALREADY HAVE AND PLUGGED THE DVI END INTO MY CPU (SINCE IT ONLY HAS A DVI AND NO VGA OUTPUT) AND THEN THE VGA ADAPTER END INTO MY MONITOR AND WA LA... IT WORKS NOW AND HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT GOING TO SLEEP.
WHAT I IMAGINE IS HAPPENING IS THAT THE DVI OUTPUT ON THE MONITOR IS FAULTY - EITHER FROM THE FACTORY OR THE PINS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED SO MY CABLE WAS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY. IN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG, I BOUGHT A BRAND NEW DVI CABLE AND IT STILL DIDN'T WORK SO I KNEW IT WAS NOT THE CABLE. THAT NEW CABLE WAS RETURNED TO THE STORE FOR A REFUND!
Find somebody with an old CRT-style monitor -- they are essentially WORTHLESS -- because they take up too much space, and not as nice a picture as an LCD, and offer to take it off their hands. Use it as a "test" monitor.
Or, it could be the video-card in your SEVEN-year-old computer.
Try replacing the video-card -- some friend probably has a "dusty" and "spare" video-card that can be temporarily used.
I started a thread on my own forum because there is a lot of
discussion about this on many forums with no responses from HP and no one seems to mention that they got a replacement despite the massive problem that it is. It is out of order and I don't doubt for a
second that HP knows the length of life of the components in their
monitors. All of these things are tested and your talking about
components used for years. They know the score by now.
It's turns blue to power safe mode (yellow) it's prevent futher damaged to your monitor. It's seems you got a busted backlight inverter. Need to replaced a new one...Since you only got it for a few months, send it back to Acer for a replacement of a new backlight inverter... Have a nice day!
Even my monitor HPM704 does the same thing from 12Mar08. I bought this monitor an year before. It looks like this batch of monitors have issues from factory itself. Plan to get support from customer care.