monitor quality with a brand new PC

Richard Christensen
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I just added a new PC to my system.  I am using a Dell monitor that I had from before.
The screen quality is not all that good.  Is this a problem of the video card on the motherboard
or is it a problem of the quality of the monitor?  How do I determine which it is?
thanks,
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Check that you have your screen display on the computer set to the native resolution of the monitor.  For example the monitor might be designed for 1440 x 900 and you have it set for 1280 x 720.

Check that your graphics drivers are up to date.

Check that your cables are correctly connected.  Remove and reconnect the cables.

Test the monitor another system and see if it functions correctly there.

Some monitors have options for degaussing or tuning the screen.  You may have to adjust these.  Be carefully and note what the original settings were before you start adjusting.
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Which monitor and how are you connecting it?
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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Do you think I should purchase a higher quality monitor?  
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Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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VGA monitor and the PC installed the monitor on its own.  I really am thinking that it requires a higher
quality monitor.  What do you think?
capreol
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Probably, assuming the computer has better than VGA output.  Does the monitor have a model number?  Are you using an adapter or does your new PC also have VGA out?
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I highly doubt that it is a vga monitor (it may be using the 15 pin D-sub connector commonly known as VGA connector download.jpgVGA strictly is 640x480, SVGA anything higher but less than 1024x768 , XVGA is 1024x768 or more. I used to sell CGA/EGA/VGA monitors
A true VGA d-sub only has 13 pins, VgA with DDC has 15 pins SVGA-Pin-Out.gifAs mentioned above the "best" resolution is the display's native resolution. What is the model # of the monitor?
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I had very blurred quality on my new screen until I realised there was a protective film on the front that you had to peel off. Unlikely you are as stupid as I was though.
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technician

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Thanks for the answers from the experts.  Much appreciated.
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