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19-inch Monitor and Video Memory

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I have a Cyrix-166 computer with SiS 6205 Video Adapter and 1 MB of video memory.  I'd like to know if it would be able to support 16-bit color on a 19-in monitor.

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Well brev1, I would highly recommend getting another Video card if you want to use a 19 inch monitor. With a 19 inch monitor you would only be able to get 800x600 resolution with 16 bit color. It would look horrible, barely viewable.

More Video memory means higher resolutions at higher color depth because this uses more video memory, your SIS just doesn't have the memory to handle that.

The card will be able to hande a 19 inch monitor but as I said it's pointless.

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By the way here is the Mathemetics:

Resolution x (color depth in bytes) = Ram utilized.

for example (800x600)(resolution) x (2)(color depth at 16 bit) = 960000bytes which is just under 1MB

the 2 I have used in the above equation is 16/8 (16bit divided by 8 bits, this gives me the number of bytes)(there are 8 bits in one byte)

Kinda confusing but theoretically that would be your maximum resolution (800x600)

Practically though you would be able to use only 640x480. Anything higher would be way too slow and unusable.
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