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Hello,

I was able to buy a Voodoo2 1000 video card with 12 megs for $29 bucks (new) from staples....

But before I opened, it I noticed that is says it only supports 800x600 resolution (w/single card).... This seems odd. Does this mean that I can't set my win95 display to 1024x768 ??? Or are they just talking about for 3d games?

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Keith
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The voodoo2 card is a overlay card. It uses a passthru cable to send normal 2d ( windows desktop ) to your monitor. When you play a direct 3D, glide or openGL game, the voodoo2 kicks on and overlays it's own video on top of the 2D card.

So your new voodoo2 does not replace your existing card at all. It works in addition to it, but only when using a game that specifically takes advantage of the card.

The voodoo2 card has enough memory to support 800x600 at 16 bit color. If you had 2 of those cards and ran them in SLI mode, you could do up to 1024x768. Again, those resolutions only apply to the 3D games. You can run windows in whatever resolution you want.

The only problem you will run into is trying to run at very high resolutions. the passthru cable introduces a little bit of interference. You won't notice it at low res, but at resolutions above 1280x1024 you may.

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Oops. That should have been an answer.
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Thanks,

My core problem is that I just bought a new KDS Avitron 19 inch monitor, and when I boot my computer the monitor stays blank, until I unplug and plug the power cord of the monitor, then it display the windows desktop.... I am thinking my Trident 4mb card is not up to the 85mhz refresh, although it does eventually support it....

What is the lowest priced video card that you would recommend?

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Keith
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You can get a generic TNT2 card with 16 MB for under 80$ at accubyte.com. It will perform better for 2D and 3D than either video card you have right now.

Although if you plan on still using the voodoo2 for 3D, you should be able to pick up a Matrox Millenium G200 for 50$. It's 3D is not that great, even though it does have it.
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