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Anyone know of a graphics card compatible with SBS 2003?

HP Proliant ML110 G4 motherboard. At least that is the server and what Everest says. The onboard video card is a Matrox G200e (Server Engines) - English. Monitor is ViewSonic VA 712b with the following drivers recommended by ViewSonic: VA712-2/VA712b-2

Resolution currently is 1024 by 768 with 16 bit color.

I have looked for a graphics card that is supported by SBS 2003 Standard Edition R2 (32-bit), but I can't find one. I would prefer one with DVI but would be fine with VGA only.

I know that some only manage their server remotely, but I like to have the option to use its own monitor. The resolution and screen are just way to bad for me to look at.

I used to have an ATI Radeon, which worked great. Can't find the model. I assume the drivers were compatible with the server as it worked for eight months.

Thanks.
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Bert2005
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orizivCommented:
ATI's Radeon series has some great and cheap solutions for you.
The X600SE with 128 MB DDR RAM should cost you around 50$ and should do a good job (assuming you don't need big memory chips on the card for a server).
You can also use other cards of the X series or try Nvidia which has a simillar price and performances, just remember you can buy only PCI or PCIX cards no AGP
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orizivCommented:
BTW
I checked with HP, no recommanded dispaly cards list exist for this server
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rindiCommented:
All grafic cards you get on the market today will support w2k3 server. But what's wrong with the matrox?
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northcideCommented:
sbs 2003 r2 is not an OS - it is an appliance.  you need a video card that is supported in windows 2003 server r2 as thats the OS it is installed on - which is pretty much 99% of the video cards that exist.  

this shows all hardware supported.
http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/

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Bert2005Author Commented:
Hey, thanks for all the comments.

I tried the nVidiea 7300 and it came with a disk for XP. That didn't work. I tried a driver from the website and it was 64 bit but SBS compatible. Of course, didn't work. I tried other drivers and configurations, but the monitor was just black. I know that with the ATI card, it worked great.

The Matrox only gives me an awful resolution with poor color. Even if I get the higher resolutions, if I got to 16 bit color it defaults back to 600 x 800.

I am willing to take suggestions on why my Matrox isn't working, but I do have the driver for it.

I know I don't need a great display, but with a 17 inch monitor, the resolution is horrible. I just happen to like very small fonts and sharp displays. And, yes, I could remote and it looks OK, but I use the server a lot (I know -- why?) I just do, lol.

Sorry for the delay.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
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rindiCommented:
You can download drivers from the nvidia site. Also, if your display only supports 1024x768 resolution, your matrox should be fine. What monitor is it (make and model, if possible a link)?
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Bert2005Author Commented:
Monitor is ViewSonic VA 712b with the following drivers recommended by ViewSonic: VA712-2/VA712b-2
This was in the original question <G>

http://www.viewsonic.com/products/lcddisplays/valueseries/va712b/

I downloaded the drivers from nVidia. The only one which was close to being compatible was for a 2003 Server 64 bit.

Not sure what you mean by display (monitor). It can support 1280 X 1024. It ran that way with the ATI card. Maybe I should buy another of the same model. Just want to make sure the drivers are correct.
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rindiCommented:
The matrox G200 should support 1280x1024 resolutions. You may have to make sure you have set up your monitor correctly. Check the properties of the monitor, maybe you didn't choose the correct one.

As for the nVidia card, try the XP/w2k drivers, they should work too.

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Bert2005Author Commented:
Thanks, I will try.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
http://www.viewsonic.com/support/drivers/drivers.cfm?category=1&formName=monitor

This is the 1216KB driver. Unsigned about 6 down. It is the only one that states it is compatible with Windows 2003 32 bit. Maybe, for whatever reason, I have the wrong Matrox driver.
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rindiCommented:
For the monitor check it's properties when you right click the desktop, properties, settings, advanced, and then check what different options you have there. Check if you can select a generic monitor with 1280x1024 resolution, but make sure the refresh rate isn't higher than what yours can cope with. After you have selected the correct monitor type there you should be able to use the higher setting with the matrox too.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
rindi,

Thanks. I feel pretty stupid, 'cause I know some of that. Rather fixated on the new card. BUT, before we get too excited, it works beautifully EXCEPT I can only get 8 bit of color. Now full resolution with 8 bit of color is much better than ~ 800 X 600 with 32 bit. Especailly, for the server. Anyway, to get that better? It sitll is listed as the Matrox driver and the ViewSonic monitor.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
Just for clarification, I can change it to 24 bit (which is the highest option now), but that automatically changes the resolution to very low again.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
rindi,

You have mentioned a couple of times changing to a default monitor. Wouldn't the driver for the actual monitor be better?
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rindiCommented:
You can use the monitor's driver, but usually that isn't necessary. Reduce the color depth to 16bit, that is usually good enough (you'd only see the difference with high quality photographs).
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Bert2005Author Commented:
I wish I could get to 16 bit, but then the resolution drops. I think it is either 8 bit with the good resolution or get the Diamond Stealth ATI Radeon 7000 Video card
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