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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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  • veeno522 Aug 12, 2008

    No, I have the old heavy, vga monitor, and wanted to upgrade to a nice lcd flat panel I guess it is called for a couple months until I can completely afford a new computer--the old vga monitor is apparently going out as every 30 seconds or so that degas, or brightness or contrast box pops up, adjusts itself to 0% and I have to fix it and click it off, so, need a new monitor for a few months and thot I just might as well get the lcd ones, but don't know if my computer will support it as I guess it needs the right video card? Or connection??

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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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