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need PCI card for 1680x1050 resolution

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April 3, 2007 3:22:22 AM

HELP please...

I have a cpu that has PCI (not pciE or agp). My 22" Widescreen has max 1680x1050 res and thats the only setting i want to view it on.


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April 3, 2007 3:55:47 AM

what are you planning on doing with it ? Also you may want to list your system specs, motherboard processor current video card RAM PSU etc etc
April 3, 2007 4:01:34 AM

hey chungdokwan thanks for replying...

i have a dell dimension 3000 - pentium 4, 2.8ghz, 768mg ram. umm current video card - it says 'Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller' under device manager/general.

im not gaming or anything, just movies and online stuff...but i just want to maximize my 22" monitors full resolution you know. anything below that the viewing fonts/desktop/screens look weird when i checked it out at the store.
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April 3, 2007 7:47:26 AM

You can buy any graphic card :) 

You can buy a x1600 ati card on

Or any other you may fancy , but i think this is a very good card for a non-gamer , who may play an occasional game in the future :D 

Plus it has got good software ATI rocks . I own a 8800 but thats a different story altogether :wink:
April 3, 2007 2:07:31 PM

hey - that seems to be a pci EXPRESS on newegg.
April 3, 2007 2:15:23 PM

You still haven't said what you intend to use it for.

If you want to play 3d games at that resolution, good luck. I doubt any PCI card caould do it, the interface is too limited.

If you just want to use windows, surf the web, etc... get any new PCI card. You can get Radeon X1300s and Geforce 6200's for PCI, I believe.

Here's a Radeon 9250 for $40-ish that'll do the windows desktop thing well enough. DirectX 8 card though, I don't know if it'd work with the Vista aero interface:

Here's an X1300 for $114. It might game a bit even, but you'd surely have to lower the resolution to 1024x768 or 800x600 for gaming.
But it'll work with Vista, and it'll do a 1680x1050 desktop no problem:

Here';s a geforce 6200 PCI, also compatible with Windows Aero interface and good for low resolution gaming/high resaolution desktop:
April 3, 2007 2:51:44 PM

hey cleeve - well i dont intend to do gaming - but hi-res desktop stuff / watching movies. pretty much that.

hey i wonder if a g-force fx5200 256mb would get the 1680x1050 res???
April 3, 2007 2:53:46 PM

The 5200 will do a decent job of moviewatching and desktop stuff.
April 3, 2007 4:38:11 PM

so thh fx 5200 will give me the exact resolution i want for the 22" widescreen... 1680x1050 (for online/movie purposes of course)

just making sure- since its always a bit of a hassle to buy things online - if not satisfied you return with restocking fees you know. thanks alot for your help!!
April 3, 2007 5:39:27 PM

max it goes to is 1280x1024 - the card i have. weird.

im really hoping this fx5200 PCI 256mb card will get me to the exact resolution - 1680x1050
April 3, 2007 5:44:55 PM

Yeah, it's kinda weird you're having the problem, unless Intel's site is wrong about the specs of the 865G.

Anyway, the FX5200 will be more than enough to get you to your desired resolution.
April 3, 2007 6:02:14 PM

I did a little digging and came up with this info:

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It's a chinese support site that lists the compatibility of different graphics chipsets with a 22" widescreen's relatively offbeat 1680x1050 resolution. Apparently, the 865G cannot support this res, although it can support higher resolutions over 1680x1050 (it's just the aspect ratio the 865G's driver isn't designed for). Interestingly, the older 845G, which uses almost the exact same Extreme graphics 2 IGP, can in fact do 1680x1050. Weird. :?

I'll post if Intel has come up with any newer driver to solve this problem.
April 3, 2007 6:09:42 PM

nice. hey thanks for all your help!!! i will try the fx5200.

i'll post if it works.
April 3, 2007 7:27:57 PM

turns out i have the latest driver installed as you posted :(  so that didnt work.

in the evening going to pick up the fx5200 - will post update then.
April 3, 2007 8:45:33 PM

Yeah, it's kinda weird you're having the problem, unless Intel's site is wrong about the specs of the 865G.

Anyway, the FX5200 will be more than enough to get you to your desired resolution.

not at all
it could be because the 865G is not using more than 32 MB of videoram, as the resolution goes high, so does the memory needs to maintan the resolution..

integrated stuff usually asks you to take betwen 16 to 128 MB on older versions, and up to 256 in newers..
April 3, 2007 10:17:52 PM

yes, but that is not the correct answer to this problem. Even 32MB of video ram is more than enough to run 1680x1050, as shown with a Radeon 7000. The 865g can use up to 96MB of ram, although 64MB would more likely be the max. If you were to calculate the actual amount of videomemory needed to run a resolution of 1680x1050x32bit, you get only 6.8MB of vram needed, which is only ~13.5MB needed for double buffering; well within the capability of even a 16MB PCI Rage 128, as long as there is a driver that supports the resolution of 1680x1050 (or as long as you don't mind using the Powerstrip utility to set your own custom resolution). The answer to the problem here is that the driver for the i865G does not designate 1680x1050 as a supported resolution. It's as simple as that. There are folks in the Linux community that have made a utility to modify the video BIOS of the 865G to get around this problem, and have been able to successfully run their moniters at native 1680x1050 using the 865G chipset.
April 4, 2007 2:40:44 AM

hey all!! guess what - the fx5200 256mb card supported the 1680x1050x32bit.
it was the last option in the settings section. so relieved.

looks good on the 22" widescreen.


January 10, 2008 2:04:16 AM

Hey dnizmo99, I have 22" SyncMaster 220wm Widescreen w/ 1680x1050 res but my SONY PCV-RX860 P4 w/ Display Adapter "Sis 650_651_740" can only support 1600x1200 res. What is the manufacture and exact brand of fx5200 256mb card that you bourght? There are so many fx5200 cards on page Just don't know which one I should buy. Thanks!