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Dell Dimension 2400; new HP 2011x 20-Inch LED Monitor; requires HDMI graphics ca

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April 17, 2012 4:21:14 AM

In-laws have a Dimension 2400, which in fact I bought them some years back. I remember at one point we upgraded the RAM, but even so it might be just 512! LOL I don't remember exactly.

So, their monitor died. They received a new monitor as a gift. It's an HP 2011x 20-Inch LED Monitor. The manual told them that they need an "HDMI compliant graphics card."

If we must buy a graphics card, is there one that will satisfy the requirements of the monitor and work on the Dimension 2400 with its measly RAM? Or is that not really an issue?

And while we're at it, will they need cables?

Buying a new computer is simply not an option at this time, so we need to find a solution for now.

Thank you!
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April 17, 2012 7:09:16 AM

That's odd because the monitor does not have a HDMI port. It has a VGA and DVI-D port. It's likely a typo.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/display/display/1/st...

The monitor should come with cables. Otherwise you will need to buy a VGA or DVI-D cable. Or use the same cable that connected to the old monitor.
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April 17, 2012 7:30:43 AM

jaguarskx said:
That's odd because the monitor does not have a HDMI port. It has a VGA and DVI-D port. It's likely a typo.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/display/display/1/st...

The monitor should come with cables. Otherwise you will need to buy a VGA or DVI-D cable. Or use the same cable that connected to the old monitor.


Thanks jaguarskx -- so are you saying they should just hook it up and try it out without a graphics card? When I was trying to get info from them over the phone, they said something about "voiding the warranty," but I can't see how it would hurt to try it out.
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April 17, 2012 7:41:03 AM

Well, you likely have integrated graphics in your Dell PC otherwise your in-laws wouldn't have been able to use the monitor before.
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April 17, 2012 7:44:52 AM

I'm pretty sure it says HDCP compliant graphics card and not HDMI. Pretty much every graphics card has it. And it's only required to watch bluray movies through the monitor, but for using it everyday - it's not needed. They won't void the warranty, I can guaratee you that, by just connecting the cable.
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April 17, 2012 7:50:43 AM

jaguarskx said:
Well, you likely have integrated graphics in your Dell PC otherwise your in-laws wouldn't have been able to use the monitor before.


I know -- and thank you for your patience -- I know I must sound like a moron. ;)  They were making it sound like the user's manual was telling them it would void the warranty, ruin the monitor, blah blah. I suggested a few times that they just hook it up and see what happens, and they were insisting that they couldn't. My major mistake was in taking all this at face value, and immediately searching for the right graphics card, instead of starting from square one and verifying what they told me.

After you pointed out that there is not even an HDMI port, I found and downloaded the user's manual and quickly scanned it:

I see no mention of the need for the special graphics card.
I see no mention of voiding the warranty.
I see no mention of exploding and/or ruined monitors.
And you're right, there's no mention of an HDMI port.

So I have no idea what they're talking about. :o  And I'm sorry to have taken up your time. :( 
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April 17, 2012 7:52:25 AM

Sunius said:
I'm pretty sure it says HDCP compliant graphics card and not HDMI. Pretty much every graphics card has it. And it's only required to watch bluray movies through the monitor, but for using it everyday - it's not needed. They won't void the warranty, I can guaratee you that, by just connecting the cable.


Thanks so much, Sunius. Yeah, they don't have bluray over there, for sure. Okay I will tell them to hook it up and use the darn thing without fear.
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April 17, 2012 8:09:53 AM

No problem, glad to help :) 
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