Connect laptop to Wide LCD Monitor?

I am currently using a labtop and intend to buy an external wide screen LCD monitor to connect to it. I do not intend to buy a PC with proper graphic card for now.

If I connect my laptop to a wide screen LCD monitor (e.g. 1680x1050 pixel), will the screen display properly? My lanbtop current max resolution is 1024x768 pixel. Will the picture/display distorted?

I will really appreciate any input because I do not want to spend few hundred dollar to buy an expensive LCD monitor and end up seeing an distorted picture.

Thank you
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  1. If you have use your VGA port, and your graphic card supports the widescreen size you use, then it will fit fine.
    Usually you can resize the second monitor to find a supported resolution.
  2. Quote:
    I am currently using a labtop and intend to buy an external wide screen LCD monitor to connect to it. I do not intend to buy a PC with proper graphic card for now.

    If I connect my laptop to a wide screen LCD monitor (e.g. 1680x1050 pixel), will the screen display properly? My lanbtop current max resolution is 1024x768 pixel. Will the picture/display distorted?

    I will really appreciate any input because I do not want to spend few hundred dollar to buy an expensive LCD monitor and end up seeing an distorted picture.

    Thank you


    Can you take your laptop to a computer store, plug a floor model into it, and run some games you like? Then you'll know.
  3. Quote:
    I am currently using a labtop and intend to buy an external wide screen LCD monitor to connect to it. I do not intend to buy a PC with proper graphic card for now.

    If I connect my laptop to a wide screen LCD monitor (e.g. 1680x1050 pixel), will the screen display properly? My lanbtop current max resolution is 1024x768 pixel. Will the picture/display distorted?

    I will really appreciate any input because I do not want to spend few hundred dollar to buy an expensive LCD monitor and end up seeing an distorted picture.

    Thank you


    Can you take your laptop to a computer store, plug a floor model into it, and run some games you like? Then you'll know.

    I guess that's the best way to tell. The graphic card web site does not specify what resolution they support.
  4. I check on the display property of my labtop without the external LCD monitor and noticed that the following resolution is available :
    1024 x 768
    1280 x 768
    1280 x 1024
    1600 x 1200
    1792 x 1344 and so on .....

    The standard 20" monitor is 1600 x 1200 which is on my Display option.
    However the 20" widescreen monitor 1680 x 1050 wasn't available on my Display option.

    Does this means my laptop can't support 20" widescreen monitor ? or
    When I connect the 20" widescreen monitor, the 1680 x 1050 resolution will be available?

    Thank you.
  5. Quote:
    I check on the display property of my labtop without the external LCD monitor and noticed that the following resolution is available :
    1024 x 768
    1280 x 768
    1280 x 1024
    1600 x 1200
    1792 x 1344 and so on .....

    The standard 20" monitor is 1600 x 1200 which is on my Display option.
    However the 20" widescreen monitor 1680 x 1050 wasn't available on my Display option.

    Does this means my laptop can't support 20" widescreen monitor ? or
    When I connect the 20" widescreen monitor, the 1680 x 1050 resolution will be available?

    Thank you.


    It probably means you can't run 1680x1050 resolution. Some video cards will allow user to input variable horizontal and vertical res... unlikely for a laptop, but you can check.

    Widescreens are a relatively recent development... many older video cards were made before widescreen params were conceived, so won't be supported.

    You'll want to run a monitor your video card supports at the monitor's native resolution....
  6. Quote:
    Does this means my laptop can't support 20" widescreen monitor ? or
    When I connect the 20" widescreen monitor, the 1680 x 1050 resolution will be available?


    What you are seeing are options for your laptop screen. When you plug in another monitor, it should then give you different options for it -- and if it doesn't give you the res you want, then you can probably manually enter it in.
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