GDM 1952 monitor driver

We want to use existing Sony GDM 1952 monitors for CAD type aplications. However these are fixed resolution, 1024 x768 @60Hz.  Any one know of a WIN95/98 driver which will accomodate them ?
mjmillerAsked:
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MATTCEIConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would think any of the standard Windows monitor types will do,as long as you set it to 1024 x 768 x 60 with
      a multi-res monitor first.This is more a function of the video card/driver - the monitor 'drivers' just LIMIT the
      settings.
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MATTCEICommented:
I would think any of the standard Windows monitor types will do,as long as you set it to 1024 x 768 x 60 with a multi-res monitor first.This is more a function of the video card/driver - the monitor 'drivers' just LIMIT the settings.
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pug_nutCommented:
It's pretty easy to write a monitor.inf to limit the sync frequ to what ever you want. Trouble is, it won't work during bios startup, DOS, startup windows etc.
Just download my monitor driver from http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Garage/5067/
open with notepad, and change the horiz (in kHz) and vert (in Hz) frequencies, and monitor name etc, and use it.
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mjmillerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments.  I did try both avenues before posting the question.  I could find nothing on the Sony site relating to these monitors – although ours are brand new, the model must be approaching ten years old.  I sent Sony a request for help, and have heard nothing.

Re standard drivers, I tried this on two machines, a laptop running 95, and a desktop running 98.  The desktop (98) does not have a button offering the choice to change monitor, so I was immediately stuck.  The laptop allows me to change monitor, but does not tell me the refresh rate, and everyone I’ve tried so far is a higher rate, eg 87 Hz.

Can you give a more specific pointer ?  Many thanks.

                                                                                        mjm

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MATTCEICommented:
Both 95 and 98 should allow you to change monitor types.The 98 procedure (very similar to 95's):
Control Panel - Display - Properties - Settings - Advanced -  Monitor - Change - Next - Display a list... - Next - Show all...

Both should also allow you to set a refresh rate of 60 at Adapter - Refresh Rate: access the drop-down list.If only 'Default' and 'Optimal' appear here you've picked the wrong monitor.For 98 try the standard type 'Super Vga 1024 x 768 @ 75HZ'.
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rjhawkinCommented:
The problem you are having is that you will not be able to use the Fixed Frequency monitor on the current card, becuase they are multi frequency cards.

The GDM-1952 really a FIXED Frequency monitor. Current monitors have a variable vertical FQ (frequency), and a 'floating' horizontal FQ.

There are a couple of companies that produce VIDEO cards that that support Fixed Frequency monitors. One is SI87.
http://www.si87.com/Products/Videocards/videocards.html
(thanks for the long list of other resources pug_nut)

I have a GDM-1952 as well, Mine happens to have been OEM'd by Radius, who makes alot of Macintosh products.

A couple of other links are
http://www.si87.com/Support/monitorinfo.html
http://www.monitorworld.com/monitors_home.html

Though pug_nut previously (other question) noted that since a lot of the data is user provided it can be inacurate. If I find inacuracies, I send them updated information. Their FAQ lists a good deal of information for monitors, monitor related issues, and hardware information.

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rjhawkinCommented:
I am locking the question to get mjmiller's attention

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mjmillerAuthor Commented:
Thankyou all for your continued interest.

I regret I have to reject rjhawkin's answer.   Having reviewed the comments of both Mattcei and pug_nut, I decided to try Mattcei’s suggestion first.  I found that it worked on our “best” machine, but no others offered the option to change refresh rates.  So we have proved that our 1952’s will work with a PC.  In my spare time, I’m playing with pug_nut’s driver, - failed at first pass - but I’m beginning to think the adaptor hardware on the other machines needs beefing up, so I’m also playing with that.  
Mattcei – if you are interested in the points, submit your suggestion as a formal answer and you can have them.  Many thanks pug_nut.

                        Regards
                              mjm

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rjhawkinCommented:
I was not trying for the points, I had missed your post on the 13th, I thought you hadnt responded since you posted the question. Sorry for the confusion.
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mjmillerAuthor Commented:

Thanks
       MJM
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rjhawkinCommented:
did mattci's suggestion work? what happens if it reboot in safe mode? do you have to go get that orriginal monitor again to set it up?

If this works, then I know lots of people that were just saved quite a bit of money.
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