sounds right. i just brought in down to best buy and they hooked it up to a widescreen laptop, and NO problem. he said it was a 1440 x 900 rez. but i'm sure that is laptop speak for 1920 x 1080. now, the problem is my computer only goes to 1280 x 1024. do i need to download something, or am i doomed to another piece of hardware, like a graphics card?
Yeah some of those older onboard integrated graphics did not support very high resolutions. What model machine is this? You can always get a run of the mill lowend card that will support that resolution if all you need it for is desktop apps.
I don't know if it's a Dell or Gateway; I do know it's a 'Series E' P4, 2.4G, bought secondhand from an independent shop. It was from an industrial/telecom company's bank of units -- ethernet, yes; phone jack, no. i'll bring it back to where i got it (computer essentials, Bangor Maine), and have a grafix board put in, and another Gig of RAM at the same time. Jay-2, thanks for all your advice.
No problem. Any lowend dedicated card should be fine. Some of the small shops though tend to inflate some of their cards and charge an install fee. These are easy to do yourself if you want to try your hand at it. We can get you to buy the right card.