Do I need a new monitor?

Question

i have a monitor, its about 15 years old, i got it with my first pc, a good old 286, anyway, im now using it (yes i still have it) with another comp, a 95 comp, which has been upgraded since then (not through me), and now i have possescion, anyway, i hooked up the monitor to the comp, and it work alright, but for installing a program i needed to change the screen reselution to a higher point, when i did this the screen spazzed out, u could hardly see what was there, it was all funny looking. anyhow, i tried it with another 5 year old monitor, and it worked alright, so i know it cant be the dodgy graphics card. does this mean that some older monitors can only handle so much?

Answer

This question was answered on November 24, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

All monitors have a maximum resolution and refresh rate I would guess you old monitor does not support resolutions over the origianl setting you had that worked.

The maximum resolution of your old monitor is 640x480 with a 60Hz refresh rate, that's also known as standard VGA, and is the mode Win95/98/ME default to if you boot in safe mode That's all you'll ever get out of it.

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Posted by Michael of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 24, 2004