Re: E520/Analog Monitor Question
- From: Boris <Boris>
- Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 23:03:58 -0500
Barry, thanks for "DPI" the hint.
Four days after my dad decided not to buy the E520 configured as
mentioned below, he changed his mind. It turned out he wanted to give
his 2-year old 8400 to a friend who needed a new machine, but couldn't
afford one. So, Dad decided to buy himself a new E520, and give the old
8400 away to his friend. Of course, the E520 sale had expired four days
earlier. We simply put together a basic E520, with 1GB RAM, 80GB drive
(which will never see anywhere near 35% full), a combo CD-RW/DVD ROM, and
the integrated GMA 3000. We got it with XPHome, since that's what he
I drove up this weekend and spent most of Saturday configuring the new
machine so that it was EXACTLY like his old set up. I moved all of his
pictures, email addy book, emails, bookmarks, etc. to an external hard
drive, and then to his new machine.
When we ordered it, he didn't want a monitor. Once it arrived (ordered
Sunday night, arrived Wednesday afternoon), he decided he DID want a
monitor. We got a Samsung 906BW, 19" widescreen. Native resolution is
1400 x 900. When I installed it at that resolution, the text was
actually pretty nice, but he wanted it larger. I remembered your post,
and I set the DPI for the next larger size, and he was very pleased.
To clean the out the 8400 before giving to his friend, I used the
Symantec PC restore to bring the system back to factory shipped
configuration. I'm not sure his friend will know what to do at this
point, so another drive up there may in store for me this coming weekend.
Barry Watzman <WatzmanNOSPAM@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
There is a "right" way to make things bigger WITHOUT changing the
resolution, which will make things fuzzy. It's to change the DPI (not
the resolution) setting in display properties.
The resolution and blurring have nothing to do with the video chip
(card, adapter, whatever). X3000 should be fine, it may even be
better than the Radeon X1300 if you have 2GB of memory.
Again, don't change the resolution to make things bigger, change the
Also, things will be clearer if you get a digital monitor interface
(e.g. DVI instead of VGA).
My dad wants to take advantage of the E520 sale on the business site.
He currently has a two year old, XPHome, 8400, P4 540 HT technology,
3.2Ghz, 800 FSB machine, that he runs with an analog LCD (I think
it's a Gateway 19"). Because of his age, he doesn't run the monitor
at native resolution, which I think is 1024 x 768. He runs it at
something lower so he can get bigger fonts, but it looks slightly out
of focus. He's fine with it, though.
He knows nothing about computers, and only uses it for internet and
email. He wanted Vista when it came out. I talked him out of it,
but I can't talk him out of the E520. Why? Because he can't pass up
I would order the E520 for him, take to his house, transfer data, and
set up peripherals.
What I'm concerned about is the 19" Samsung 920NW analog monitor that
comes with the system. Native resolution is 1440 x 900 (16:10
widescreen), and I know that he'd want the fonts to be larger than
that which native resolution provides. I can't say what resolution
would work for him, and I'm thinking I should advise him against
The E520 comes with Integrated GMA X3000. The video card option is a
256MB ATI Radeon X1300. I know this is probably a tough question,
but here goes...is it possible that either video configuration would
provide large enough images without significant blurring? (I don't
know what large enough is for him. I know his current monitor is
running below 1024 x 768, which I think is it's native resolution).
Sight unseen, my gut feel is that he's asking for trouble, and the
only way to figure this out is to order it and try it. But, the
monitor is shipped separately, and the time difference may preclude
the return of both machine and monitor with the 21 day shipping.
Any wild ass guesses would be appreciated?
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