HD monitor support from Dell Dock and laptop
Posted on 2010-01-10
I have a Dell Latitude D610 running windows XP Professional. I just bought a 22" Vizio TV with a VGA connection that I was hoping to make use of as a widescreen monitor, but direct connection of the monitor to the laptop via VGA give poor resolutions and lousy aspect ratios. I figured the only way to get what I want is to put the laptop in a docking station with an additional video card. So I got a PD01X docking station and tried putting a GeForce 8400 GS card in it. Well, when I put the card in the dock, and look at the device manager, I see that the "PCI to PCI Bridge" has an "!" on it, and when I click, I get "error code 12, not enough resources available." This happens whether I have the Bios set to use the docking station card as the primary or the onboard card the primary, and I have tried disabling the video adapters on the laptop with the same results.
I have seen some posts questioning whether this dock has enough power to support this card, but interestingly, if I attach the monitor to the card and use the card as the primary, I get a display, so it appears to be working (somewhat). Even under these conditions, if I try to install drivers for the card, the install will eventually abort with the message that the system cannot find any hardware compatible with the driver.
All I really want to achieve is 1920x1080 resolution--not trying to do high speed gaming or movies, etc. from the laptop.