Just acquired an Acer Aspire desktop with Windows 7, 2.1 GB RAM, and Intel HD Graphics. It came without a monitor, so I was planning on hooking up a Gateway FPD 1500 LCD monitor that we already have. The FPD 1500 is, of course, DVI-D, but the Acer only has a VGA port and an HMDI port.
The FPD 1500 monitor was originally installed on a system back in 2000 by way of a PCI video card that had the proper port. Will there be any issues if I install this PCI card into the Acer machine?
Acer Support told me it could be done, but they wouldn't recommend it because they "already installed what they think is the best graphics card for the motherboard." Would installing a (10 yr old) PCI video card "override" the pre-installed graphics, or otherwise cause any functionality problems? Would I be better off getting a DVI-to-VGA converter? I would llike the Acer system to function with the best graphics possible, but still be able to talk to my monitor.
Thanks for any advice.