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November 19, 2013 10:31:48 AM

I changes the operating system on the Dell from XP Pro to Win 7 Pro. Ever since I did this, I've not been able to get the correct monitor resolution. I know that my computer has a generic Intel Graphics on the mother board and I'd like to know if there is anything that I can do to get better res. As I said, I didn't have this problem when I was using XP. Thanks for any help. Terry

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November 19, 2013 10:51:42 AM

I did the very same thing to my old computer, it was a 3000, but the parts are similar. You should only do this keeping in mind that a new computer that will be overall much faster will only cost a little bit more (if you build it yourself, which is the best way). I these same upgrades for fun, all in all about $80-$100. You'll be able to use windows 7, watch youtube, play basic games and surf the internet.

You really need a PCI slot Aero supported graphics card, note that is PCI and not PCIe. Your motherboard only has 1 PCI slot, make sure it is open.

I used this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00558MS1G/ref=oh_deta...

Additionally, you want to max out your RAM @ 2GB. DDR SDRAM PC2700. Something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2GB-2X-1GB-DDR-SDRAM-PC2700-270...

Also, you can soup up your processor to one of the BEST in the slot, how often do you get to do this for under $20 :) . http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Pentium-4-CPU-3-2-GHz-P4-...

Have fun.

P.S. If you decide to go the new PC route, this will be much faster http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-budg...
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November 19, 2013 11:48:12 AM

Intel Extreme 3D Graphics, not supported.

Best if you just purchase a cheap PCI v2.2 graphics cards, that will also give vastly more performance.

Something like a nVidia 9400GS or 9500GT.
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November 19, 2013 8:56:39 PM

das_stig said:
Intel Extreme 3D Graphics, not supported.

Best if you just purchase a cheap PCI v2.2 graphics cards, that will also give vastly more performance.

Something like a nVidia 9400GS or 9500GT.


Which is what I said above.
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