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Is a Wide Screen compatible for my graphic card?

I own a Intel D865GSA motherboard PC. My current Monitor is a 15 Inches CRT. I am planning to buy a 20 Inches widescreen (Samsung 2033SW) TFT monitor. will my motherboard/graphics support such a widescreen display? should I expect any irregularities?
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daumanCommented:
yes it will work fine you will just have to adjust the resolution for a wide screen monitor.
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steven_theckCommented:
From looking at the technical specs of the motherboard, all of the resolution settings are at a 1.33:1 ratio (800x600, 1024x768, etc).  A widescreen display will still work with this board, but everything will be stretched.
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geowrianCommented:
That board has a 350MHz RAMDAC for the video, which should be able to handle any 20" display's resolution. The size of the display has nothing to do with if it will be compatible - as long as you can plug it in, it should work. The only possible issue is LCD displays ALWAYS look best at their native (usually highest) resolution.

Either way, you should be fine.
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daumanCommented:
actually, the tech specs show it will go up to 1920x1440 at 64k color.
your best results probalby would be with 1280x1024 or 1600x1200 at 16mill colors

http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d865gsa/sb/d5600601us.pdf

page 23 of that manual.
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geowrianCommented:
@steven_theck
According to Intel:
What is the maximum display mode or resolution of my Intel® integrated graphics controller or chipset?
The maximum display mode or resolution of your Intel® integrated graphics controller is dependent upon the specific Intel® chipset and your computer configuration. Refer to the datasheet below for the Intel integrated graphics chipset maximum display mode or resolution information of your specific Intel chipset and note that these maximum amounts are not applicable to third-party graphics controllers or cards used in a system based on these Intel chipsets.

Although the chipset itself supports up to a specific maximum display mode or resolution, some computers may support a lower maximum mode or resolution depending on its configuration. It is best to check with your computer manufacturer for the maximum display mode or resolution supported by your computer.

The 1.33:1 ratio is only if the EDID from the monitor is not provided or invalid. Any half-decent new monitor will provide this without any issue.
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garycaseCommented:
"... will my motherboard/graphics support such a widescreen display? ..." ==> No.

The Intel Extreme Graphics 2 adapter built into the D865GSA does not support any widescreen resolutions. You're buying a widescreen display with an aspect ratio of 16:9, but your video adapter only supports standard monitor resolutions (4:3 and 5:4). It will "work" in that you'll get a display, but it will either be shown with black bars on the right-and-left side, or will (most likely) be stretched to fill the display, which will distort the image (e.g. circles won't be circles, etc.). NOT a desirable situation.

Intel did, as one of the above comments notes, release graphics driver updates for many of their embedded adapters to provide widescreen resolutions, but the D865 is NOT one of those adapters [See the list of chipsets this applies to here: http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-028366.htm ]

"... should I expect any irregularities? ..." ==> Yes; the display will be distorted, since you'll be using the wrong aspect ratio (or, possibly, you'll simply have a letterboxed display).

I would buy an inexpensive graphics card to use instead of the built-in adapter.
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PCBONEZCommented:
Wrong:

The chipset goes by EDID from the monitor FIRST and will support any resolution less than the max width or height the chipset supports.
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The 'supported resolutions' and 'drivers updates' several people are calling out ONLY come into play if EDID is not provided by the screen.
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http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-022544.htm#max_mode


Now lets review the actual data sheet:
http://download.intel.com/design/chipsets/datashts/25251405.pdf
Please refer to page 13.

Analog Display Support
350 MHz Integrated 24-bit RAMDAC
Up to 2048x1536 @ 75 Hz refresh <-------!!! 2048x1536
Hardware Color Cursor
DDC2B Compliant Interface
Simultaneous Display options with digital display Digital Display Channels
Two channels multiplexed with AGP
165 MHz dot clock on each 12-bit interface
Can combine two, 12-bit channels to form one, 24-bit interface

Supports flat panels up to 2048x1536 @ 60Hz or digital CRT/HDTV at 1920x1080 @ 85Hz <-----!!! 1080i right there!
Supports Hot Plug and Display
Supports LVDS, TMDS transmitters or TV-out encoders
ADD card utilizes AGP connector
Supports one additional flat panel and/or one TV (only when using internal GFX)
Three Display Control interfaces (I2C/DDC) multiplexed on AGP

The chipset supports 1080i if given proper EDID.
Samsung 2033SW is a current product from a mainstream manufacturer and most assuredly gives proper EDID.

- nuf said..
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geowrianCommented:
@PCBONEZ
Seconded. That's exactly my understanding as well and the same documentation I used.

OP - Your new monitor should not have any known/expected problems.
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sukhoi35Author Commented:
Hello Experts,
Firstly, thanks for all your inputs. As a layman, from your comments, I could understand that the most important thing is that the dispaly card should support the resolution of the monitor. When I checked the specs at the monitor website, it mentioned a resolution of 1600 x 900. When I went to display properties of my computer, it  supported a max resolution of 1600x900. So, I went ahead and bought the monitor. Everything seems to be working fine, i don't see images stretched, a circle is still a circle.
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sukhoi35Author Commented:
Thanks!
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garycaseCommented:
Good to know.   I have an older Sony widescreen display that does NOT work with a system using an 865G chipset --> I had always assumed that was due to the reasons I noted above;  but clearly the display isn't providing the correct EDID ...  something I'd have never expected of a Sony.
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steven_theckCommented:
Same issue with a PC at my office that has the 865G chipset and a Viewsonic monitor.
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