<CT> Re: Monitor

  • From: "Martin B. Brilliant" <mbrilliant@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 15:10:39 -0400

On Mon, 2 Apr 2001 11:48:34 -0400, Billy Wong <bhs1989@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> ... "Ross Nelson" ... writes: > > The monitor isn't generic, the driver is.
> Ross, if this is the case, then you should not have difficulty of at
> least finding one of the company's drivers for the monitor....

I am thoroughly confused by the way this thread is going.

As far as I know, it isn't the monitor that needs a specific driver, 
it's the video adapter card. All SVGA plugin cards can use the 
generic Windows drivers for 640x480 and 800x600, but for higher modes 
they all have different software interfaces and therefore need their 
own drivers.

(Digression: I said all SVGA cards. I have an old Advanced VGA card, 
an Orchid Pro Designer card, that works with the Windows generic 
640x480 driver, but for 800x600 it needs its own driver.)

The only concern you have with the monitor is whether it supports the 
features that the video adapter offers, like the horizontal and 
vertical scan rates, power management, and maybe color data format. 
Some monitors (called VGA, not SVGA) will only support 640x480, and 
some called SVGA will support 800x600 but not 1024x768.

To get any mode beyond 800x600 (assuming the monitor supports it) you 
need a driver that matches either the video card or the chipset on 
the card. Some video card builders buy the chips from another 
company, and you can use either a driver for the card-builder's 
model, or for the chip-maker's chipset.

It's the video card you have to match the driver to, not the monitor.

Martin B. Brilliant at home in Holmdel, NJ
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