Dell Latitude 100L

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-01

I have a pretty old laptop working quite well and I was wondering if I could get it working on a screen resolution of 1200 x 800

I currently have installed what seems to be the latest drivers (See file attached) and I can only see the screen at 1024 x 768 which really sucks.

Can I install any other drivers to improve the screen resolution?


Question by:Fernandino77
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    Expert Comment

    No it is this way from the video adapter, new drivers wont change what it's max resolution is.  Only way to change it is with new hardware which on an older laptop is probably not possible.
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    Assisted Solution

    Display Type 14.1 in TFT active matrix Max Resolution 1024 x 768 ( XGA ) Widescreen Display No Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors);psum
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    Expert Comment

    He is right, the screen size on the laptop will not be able to go higher, however if you use an external monitor you should be able to do this.
    The video output for the laptop should be able to go higher(to an external monitor). If it doesn't and you are willing to spend a little money:
    We use this USB to DVI adapter, it works great!
    Hope this helps!

    Author Comment

    Thank you all,

    If the screen size is an issue why my Dell XPS M1330 can display at a resolution of 1200 x 800?

    My Latitude 100L is 15.1 inches. I thought another video card perhaps could achieve such resolution??

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    Accepted Solution

    Another video card could, but unfortunately it is not possible to change the video card for a laptop. (Other than for an external monitor like the link I showed you)
    The newer XPS M1330 has a better screen. Laptop screens all have ratings:
    Your older laptop has a screen that is XGA - Max resoultion 1024x768
    Your newer laptop has a screen that is (likely) SXGA - Which supports 1200x1050 (But is widescreen so the appropriate size is 1200x800.
    These sizes are not controlled by drivers. It is aa physical limitation of the screen.
    And you cannot just buy a better screen for your laptop because the connection between the screen and the motherboard must be the same. The screen is XGA, so the connection on the motherboard is XGA. You cannot buy a SXGA screen, because you couldn't plug it in to the XGA port.
    If you need it your best bet is getting an external monitor for the old laptop (see previous comment)
    Hope this helps!

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you all for your comments. I wont waste my time any more looking for drivers/solutions.

    I do have an external monitor and it does the job, but wanted to improve the resolution in the laptop, which is clearly not possible.



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