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kantons
April 27th 07, 06:25 PM
My current system, a Sony Vaio RA710G desktop came with a GeForce FX 5200
AGP 8x 128MB video card. I'm using a Sony SDM-HS95P monitor.

This PC is only used for finances/spreadsheets, internet/email, PhotoShop,
misc home apps - i.e. no gaming. I've never been happy with the quality of
the picture. Text looks fuzzy and there always seems to be jagged edges
around graphics and text (clear-type is on). Some graphics seem to delay in
"painting" onto the screen.

I plugged in a Samsung monitor once and the graphics/text seemed a lot
better....

I would like to switch to a Samsung 20" 206BW widescreen but this card does
not support the native resolution of that monitor.

1. can someone suggest a good/inexpensive upgrade option to support
widescreen resolution 1680 x 1050; I would like to stay with nVidia
2. do you think the card is the issue with the text/graphics, the monitor,
or probably both?

don't look[_2_]
April 27th 07, 09:24 PM
I was going to reccomend Matrox for excellent business graphics,but it's
been awhile and I see the largest memory on their 550's and 650 is 64MB. I
don't know if that is enough for you?

"kantons" > wrote in message
...
> My current system, a Sony Vaio RA710G desktop came with a GeForce FX 5200
> AGP 8x 128MB video card. I'm using a Sony SDM-HS95P monitor.
>
> This PC is only used for finances/spreadsheets, internet/email, PhotoShop,
> misc home apps - i.e. no gaming. I've never been happy with the quality of
> the picture. Text looks fuzzy and there always seems to be jagged edges
> around graphics and text (clear-type is on). Some graphics seem to delay
in
> "painting" onto the screen.
>
> I plugged in a Samsung monitor once and the graphics/text seemed a lot
> better....
>
> I would like to switch to a Samsung 20" 206BW widescreen but this card
does
> not support the native resolution of that monitor.
>
> 1. can someone suggest a good/inexpensive upgrade option to support
> widescreen resolution 1680 x 1050; I would like to stay with nVidia
> 2. do you think the card is the issue with the text/graphics, the monitor,
> or probably both?
>
>

Nicole & Tom Guymer
April 28th 07, 03:38 AM
kantons wrote:
> My current system, a Sony Vaio RA710G desktop came with a GeForce FX 5200
> AGP 8x 128MB video card. I'm using a Sony SDM-HS95P monitor.
>
> This PC is only used for finances/spreadsheets, internet/email, PhotoShop,
> misc home apps - i.e. no gaming. I've never been happy with the quality of
> the picture. Text looks fuzzy and there always seems to be jagged edges
> around graphics and text (clear-type is on). Some graphics seem to delay in
> "painting" onto the screen.
>
> I plugged in a Samsung monitor once and the graphics/text seemed a lot
> better....
>
> I would like to switch to a Samsung 20" 206BW widescreen but this card does
> not support the native resolution of that monitor.
>
> 1. can someone suggest a good/inexpensive upgrade option to support
> widescreen resolution 1680 x 1050; I would like to stay with nVidia
> 2. do you think the card is the issue with the text/graphics, the monitor,
> or probably both?
>
>
>
>
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First of One[_2_]
April 28th 07, 03:06 PM
"kantons" > wrote in message
...
> My current system, a Sony Vaio RA710G desktop came with a GeForce FX 5200
> AGP 8x 128MB video card. I'm using a Sony SDM-HS95P monitor.
>
> This PC is only used for finances/spreadsheets, internet/email, PhotoShop,
> misc home apps - i.e. no gaming. I've never been happy with the quality of
> the picture. Text looks fuzzy and there always seems to be jagged edges
> around graphics and text (clear-type is on). Some graphics seem to delay
> in "painting" onto the screen.

You don't happen to be using the VGA port, right? The fuzzy text should not
be there, regardless of the "quality" of the video card, if you are running
at the HS95P's native res (1280x1024) over a DVI connection.

> I plugged in a Samsung monitor once and the graphics/text seemed a lot
> better....

Did you use the same cable, or another cable supplied with the Samsung?

> I would like to switch to a Samsung 20" 206BW widescreen but this card
> does not support the native resolution of that monitor.
>
> 1. can someone suggest a good/inexpensive upgrade option to support
> widescreen resolution 1680 x 1050; I would like to stay with nVidia

Your current card can do it. The widescreen resolution won't appear in
Display Properties until you plug in the new monitor and [sometimes] install
the proper INF file.

> 2. do you think the card is the issue with the text/graphics, the monitor,
> or probably both?

I think it's the connection.

--
"War is the continuation of politics by other means.
It can therefore be said that politics is war without
bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."

kantons
April 28th 07, 06:26 PM
I am using the HS95P's native res (1280x1024) over a DVI connection;
however, you asked something about the same cable? I think the DVI cable I'm
using is NOT the one that came with the monitor. Also, so the current card
CAN display 1680 x 1050? That's great, then I really don't need to get a new
card.



"First of One" > wrote in message
...
> "kantons" > wrote in message
> ...
>> My current system, a Sony Vaio RA710G desktop came with a GeForce FX 5200
>> AGP 8x 128MB video card. I'm using a Sony SDM-HS95P monitor.
>>
>> This PC is only used for finances/spreadsheets, internet/email,
>> PhotoShop, misc home apps - i.e. no gaming. I've never been happy with
>> the quality of the picture. Text looks fuzzy and there always seems to be
>> jagged edges around graphics and text (clear-type is on). Some graphics
>> seem to delay in "painting" onto the screen.
>
> You don't happen to be using the VGA port, right? The fuzzy text should
> not be there, regardless of the "quality" of the video card, if you are
> running at the HS95P's native res (1280x1024) over a DVI connection.
>
>> I plugged in a Samsung monitor once and the graphics/text seemed a lot
>> better....
>
> Did you use the same cable, or another cable supplied with the Samsung?
>
>> I would like to switch to a Samsung 20" 206BW widescreen but this card
>> does not support the native resolution of that monitor.
>>
>> 1. can someone suggest a good/inexpensive upgrade option to support
>> widescreen resolution 1680 x 1050; I would like to stay with nVidia
>
> Your current card can do it. The widescreen resolution won't appear in
> Display Properties until you plug in the new monitor and [sometimes]
> install the proper INF file.
>
>> 2. do you think the card is the issue with the text/graphics, the
>> monitor, or probably both?
>
> I think it's the connection.
>
> --
> "War is the continuation of politics by other means.
> It can therefore be said that politics is war without
> bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
>
>
>

Gil
May 4th 07, 01:01 AM
Upgrade from Geforce FX5200 to anything. It will be a major
improvement.