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Video Modes with 20" Monitor

By HawkHranek ·
My son has an HP522 (1.8 Ghz) and a SONY 20"
monitor. Some apps use vidow modes of 480x640
and these won't display properly on his computer.
Is this a graphics card problem? Can he get
another graphics card to clear this up? (The
literaturewith the monitor said that this mode is
supported.)

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by opatzg In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

The setting first of all is 640X480 not the reverse. If the graphics aren't working well I'ld first look for an updated driver download from HP on their website for your system and attempt that patch first, make sure you reboot before judging the fix.

Another graphics card is always an option. But there's a couple of questions that need answering. Does the motherboard have an AGP slot?
If it does is the AGP slot a 2x/4x/8x?(most likely at least a 4X). If you're under warranty but don't care, open the case and look at the adapter area where you can push add-on cards into slots on the motherboard. The white slots are the PCI's and if there's an offset one thats brown about the same size as the PCI towards the center of the board, its' most likely the AGP slot. Note if its a lot smaller but still a slot then its an AMR or something else used for modems and sound so it's not an AGP.
Does the motherboard have an open PCI slot? AGP cards are the new standard in video but somenice PCI cards are available as well. Is this an AMD 1.8 or an INTEL 1.8? Some applications have patches for non intel chips(AMD).
Good Luck.

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by opatzg In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

To change your graphics setting right click in an open spot on your desktop window and select PROPERTIES, then select the SETTINGS tab, there shoudl be a slide bar to change your graphics from whatever it currently is to 640X480. I like the look of800X600 on a 15" monitor and 1024X768 on a 17, if you software can't reset it(most games do automatically)set it here by sliding the bar to the left to the start to be in 640X480 mode.

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by HawkHranek In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

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by timwalsh In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

If the application requires 640 x 480, and the screen resolution isn't set to 640 x 480, that is what is causing your problem. I am not aware of any graphics cards that can/will automatically detect the required resolution for a given application and then automatically reset it. This ususally has to be done manually.

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by TheChas In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

Like many "cheap" PCs, the HP 522 has "built-in" graphics.

These are notorious for slow graphics speed, and limited resolution settings.

I would start by making sure that you have the latest driver updates from both HP and Sony.

If you still have problems, you might try entering BIOS or video setup, and allocating more system RAM to the video system.

If your son is into high end gaming, CADD, or imaging, a seperate video card would improve performance.

Before buying 1, verify that you can disable the on-board video, and what slot style you have availble for an add-on card. (AGP, PCI)

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

As a side comment, most applications that require 640*480 video mode are older programs.
You may be having XP compatability problems.

Make sure that you have the latest compatability updates from Microsoft and the software mfg installed.

Also, try running the programs in compatability mode.

Chas

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by richard_barsby In reply to Video Modes with 20" Moni ...

Hi the problem you might be having is the vertical refresh rate being to high for 640x480 in windows and or the application program being used. If you set the screen resolution in windows to 640x480 does this work OK when you answer yes to do this do not press anything if the screen goes haywire windows will return to original setting if you do not say yes to keeping this setting. If this goes haywire you will need a higher spec monitor to be abble to display this setting and lower the verticalrefresh to a suitable refresh for the monitor involved this all assumes that you do not have the correct monitor type set up for what ever reason.

Rich

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