Question about Sampo PD-70 15" Flat Panel LCD Monitor
Open the System control panel, click on Hardware and open Device Manager. Check both the Video Adapter and Monitor items to see what kind of hardware is identified. If both are identified correctly, right-click on each and select "Properties" to find out what driver version is being used. If you get a "generic" driver, that is your problem. In that case, you'll first need to be sure your video card's driver is up to date - this may take care of the monitor problem. The monitor should support either 800x600 or 1024x768 resolution. One limitation, if you have onboard video, is you may not have enough shared RAM allocated to video use to provide for the higher resolution setting. You can adjust this in the BIOS on startup - set shared video RAM to the maximum amount. Be aware that this memory is not available for your programs and if you don't have a lot of RAM installed you may take a big performance hit because you'll be using virtual memory (hard drive space) more often.
Is there a reason why you are still using Service Pack 2? If you have adequate RAM (768 MB or more) and keep Automatic Updates disabled, SP 3 offers better performance and security. Also, newer driver versions are written with the assumption you are running SP3. Also, Microsoft often provides the newest drivers for name-brand hardware in their Windows Updates Optional Updates - this is easier than going to each vendor and searching their support and downloads pages. (You are no doubt aware that if you have Automatic Updates disabled you should keep a regular schedule for manually visiting Windows Updates - Microsoft is stuck in a defensive war with hackers and virus writers, and all Windows users are targets for the attackers.)
Posted on May 25, 2011
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