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How to get good quality external video?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by qwavel, Jul 22, 2007.

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  1. qwavel

    qwavel Notebook Guru

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    I just bought a Dell Ultrasharp 20" LCD and connected it to my Inspiron 6000. No problem with the resolution but the display looks crappy. A better VGA cable didn't help. When I connect the LCD to a different computer it looks good, so the problem is my Inspiron.

    No problem - I was thinking of buying a new laptop anyway. But it is a good lesson - I have to make sure I buy something that provides good quality external video.

    First question. I usually use the internal panel and my external LCD simultaneously. If my internal LCD panel has a very high resolution, does this reduce the resolution available for my external panel (everything else being equal).

    Second question. I had planned to get the X3100 integrated video since I don't play games and I don't want the extra cost/heat, but now I wonder whether a better video card (eg. Quadro NVS in the Latitude, or the GeForce™ 8400M GS) would help me get a good picture at high res on the external LCD?

    The only way I can see to get DVI is thru a port replicator like the D/Port. But how does it do that? Does it just translate the VGA, in which case it isn't DVI-D so it wouldn't really be an improvement.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. lambchops468

    lambchops468 Notebook Evangelist

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    if you get a lappy with HDMI, then you can connect an adapter that lets you change the HDMI to DVI (they are compatible, but you won't get sound, obviously). The dv2500t, i think, has a good enough signal that you can connect its HDMI (which only comes with the 8400GS) to a HDTV and use that as your monitor (some guy did that on this forum, but i don't know who, sorry)
     
  3. qwavel

    qwavel Notebook Guru

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    Yes, an HDMI port would be great, the problem is getting one.

    The HP you mentioned is only 14" screen, and I want 15.4" or 17". The HP dv6500t is 15.4" but has a max screen resolution of 1280x800.
     
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    kozzney Notebook Evangelist

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    The Asus G1S-A1 is 15.4", has a resolution of 1680x1050 and has both a DVI and HDMI port. Also has the NVIDIA 8600GT, so no need to worry about signal strength.
     
  5. qwavel

    qwavel Notebook Guru

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but this notebook is almost twice the price of the vostro that I was looking at. For that price, I think I'd buy a D830 with a docking station (which has a DVI port).
     
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