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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a high resolution screen.  The screen was recently damaged and as much as i would like to replace the screen with another high resolution i cannot afford to.

There's 2 types of screens for the Inspiron 6000 a high res and the cheaper normal res.  Would the normal resolution screen work or do i have to replace the screen with a high res one?
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by:karstieman
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It will work for 99%.
It is your videocard that must be able to handle the resolution of the new (low res.) screen.
Going lower in resolution is most of the time no problem for videocards.

But if you want to be 100% sure do this: go to the homepage of your videocard manufacturer and check here if your card supports the resolution of the low res screen.

Good luck !
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by:kreeyon
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Thanks.  I have just types in my service tag into the dell website to find out what the graphics is on this model but all i seem to get is 'Intel driver', it doesn't tell me what the videocard is.

There appears to be an Intel vesrion and an ATI Radeon X300 version, according to my service tag it's the intel version that i have but don't know what it is in order to look up supported resolutions.
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karstieman earned 500 total points
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It's the X300, but probably onboard.
Here's the specs of this card : http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonx300/specs.html

And here's what this card can do regarding resolution
Resolution  
640x480      
800x600
1024x768
1152x864
1280x1024       
1600x1200       
1920x1080      
1920x1200       
1920x1440       
2048x1536       
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by:kreeyon
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Thanks karstieman.
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