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By TWonk ·
Will I be able to connect a modern Sharp 17" DVI LCD monitor to my old PII 266 Mhz/ 32MB RAM PC without any upgrades? (trying to save space)
If not, which upgrades may be necessary, CPU, MB, video card, etc? Thanks for your reply.

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by TheChas In reply to LCD + old PC

If the monitor only has the DVI connection, you will need a new video card that has a DVI connector on it.

Now, your upgrade issues grow.

The average video card with DVI out will require that you add RAM to your system.

A good rule of thumb is that you want to have at least twice as much system RAM as there is RAM on the video card.

I found an ATI 7000 series video card with 64MB of RAM and DVI out at www.newegg.com

I could not find any specific system requirements at either Newegg, Sapphire, or ATI.

The driver for the video card may require a faster CPU.
Your PII system is likely limited to at most a 450 MHz CPU.

Very few video drivers support operating systems older than Windows 98 SE.

Personally, I would bite the bullet and upgrade to at least a 1GHz system.

Chas

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to LCD + old PC

Well what are you running on the Desktop?

I can understand the 266 CPU which is one of the old 66MHZ ones so most likely the fastest that you'll be able to fit to the M'Board is a 300 P11 which honestly isn't worth the time, effort or money.

You can get a DVI adapter to VGA and I can see no reason why one wouldn't work in the reverse to what they are meant to do to go from DVI to VGA and not VGA to DVI but it is a simple adapter so it should work in both directions.

As The Chas has quite rightly said that a lot of these Video Drivers no longer have support for anything older than 98SE and the software that comes with the monitor will most likely not even have drivers for that far back. The last Sharp LCD monitor that I sold only had drivers for Y2K and XP so I would take it that the latest ones have drivers for Y2K, XP and 2003.

As far as upgrading the RAM you'll have to look at the manual that came with either the system or M'Board to see how much and what type you need to add. Being that old it will have to be Low Density SD RAM most likely though there where some M'Boards that had the 72 Pin RAM with the 66 MHZ P11 CPU's. If it is the 72 Pin RAM I don't hold out much luck for you other than maybe finding some 16 MEG sticks at a computer swap meet even the SD RAM is going to be hard as that stuff was generally limited to being only able to map up to 256 MEG per Stick and even then it was all Low Density so any new RAM is out of the question as it is all High Density which will only show up as half of what is actually installed and even then cause problems that are impossible to fix.

Someone asked a Question here about how they could get their new LCD to work with Win 98 you might like to scroll back through the asked questions to see if they got a positive answer apparently the display was shaking or something like that running on 98 and there where no drivers for 98 supplied with the monitor.

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by ozi Eagle In reply to LCD + old PC

Hi,

If you haven't purchased the LCD monitor yet ( or your Sharp has a standard VGA 15 pin plug as well as DVI) then simply buy one with a VGA socket and use the VGA cable and plug into your PC's existing VGA video card. You may want to reset the displat resolution.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to LCD + old PC

did you say 32MB? are you running DOS on it or what?
your monitor may have come with an vga adapter that will let you cable it to your pII to try it.
if old windows, like windows for workgroups or something you could have a problem. i'd just give it a try.
if Sharp website has a monitor 'driver' for win98, perfect. if not,try plug and play monitor. if your old video card can't deliver the resolution your sharp wants to run at, then display may look odd but it should work or not work. i think the sharp can 'protect' itself but let's see what others think. pII is not that old. that is what i use at work. (ouch!) what is the video card and driver in it now (that is the part you may wish to replace)
and what os - ?

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