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This question is more for folks who work with photos, and edit photos I guess. My old 8 year old monitor finally went out, so I had to replace it. Hubby picked up my new monitor last night, it's a Dell 20" HD widescreen, and boy, am I having a hard time getting used to it! My question is this. When I look at all my pictures now, they look distorted, just like the shape of the screen, long and narrow. Is a widescreen not a smart choice for someone who works with photos, or is there something I'm not doing, or can do, to make my photos look normal? My computer is 8 years old, and it's still plugging along pretty good, so I've been slow to replace it, and I don't know that it will get replaced anytime soon as long as it's working good.

Any tips.......suggestions?
 

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I'd try messing with the display settings in the Control Panel. There may also be a separate settings page for the monitor itself if you had to load any software when you hooked it up. If you did, look in your programs to see if there's anything there.
 

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It sounds like your computer is sending the wrong ratio settings to your monitor.

I have no idea how to fix it, but if your new monitor is not the standard square type, then it has a different ratio, and you need the settings for that ratio.
 

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My computer is older than dirt, and apparently doesn't support the resolution needed for the monitor, to be able to view things normally. I did a live chat with Dell, and found out what I thought I would need, is true. I need to update my video card.

Does anyone know a good place to buy a video card? I want to check around on prices. They told me the ones that would be compatible for my pc, and the price is insane! :yikes
 

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Don't get one through Dell. It will cost and arm and a leg. Do you have a Staples or Office Max in your area? I would try either of those. Whenever we need "upgrade pieces" for your computers we usually go to Staples. We've also bought a few things at Best Buy since we got one of those stores recently.

I just talked to my hubby who said really good video card would probably cost at least $200 but you could probably buy a "decent" one for less if you ask around. It really depends on the capabilities you're looking for.
 

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My computer is older than dirt, and apparently doesn't support the resolution needed for the monitor, to be able to view things normally. I did a live chat with Dell, and found out what I thought I would need, is true. I need to update my video card.

Does anyone know a good place to buy a video card? I want to check around on prices. They told me the ones that would be compatible for my pc, and the price is insane! :yikes

They are probably right..if your pc is 8 years old I doubt the slots the motherboard has will support the newer (and cheaper) graphics cards.

It would make more sense to replace the whole pc :)
 

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If they gave you manufacturer and model numbers, just enter them is the google search box, you'll probably get tons of hits for after market places or even refurbished cards.
 

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There are cyberguys.com, tigerdirect.com, pcwarehouse.com, and many, many other suppliers.
An 8-year old computer isn't ready for the recycling bin yet, Geri. Sounds like you got a really nice monitor, and just need a good video card to run it. :)
You may want to upgrade your computer's microprocessor too, so it will better provide the higher data rate the new video card will need. Memory is cheep now, so you might add some RAM to your computer.
A "holistic" approach usually works best with this kind of upgrade. Treat the "whole computer".

I agree, don't buy from Dell, unless you really don't care how much it costs. :wink:
 

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An 8-year old computer isn't ready for the recycling bin yet,
That's the way I feel too, John. I guess that's why I've been so back and forth on buying new. Mine is really running good for an 8 year old computer, why ditch it yet, the monitor was the only thing really going out on it. There are some other things I want to buy right now first anyway, that are more important (my new camera, lens, and accessories for one thing).

I contacted my local computer guy, who gives pretty good rates, to give me a quote on some additional RAM memory, and the upgraded video card. I had asked him about the memory before, and he quoted me about $52 for 1GB........which is all this old computer can add on. But I wonder, tell me more about this "microprocessor" please.
 

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Just keep in mind that you can get a desktop system that will blow the doors off what you have for under $400, so there comes a point where upgrades don't make a lot of sense.
 

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The microprocessor is the "brain" of the computer. It does the mathematics and data manipulation that results in what you see on the screen. You'll want to get a microprocessor that will do more in less time.
I haven't really kept up with what's available for Windows machines lately. If you had a Mac, though, I could help you out in much greater detail. :oops:
Keep Lisa's good advice in mind, too. Computers can do more, now, faster and cheaper than eight years ago.
So, add up what you'll spend on the video card, RAM, and new microprocessor, and see if you can get a good "bare bones" (no monitor, sometimes no keyboard and mouse) system, cheaper.
Stay away from anything with a "Celeron" in it, though. That is a crippled microprocessor that Intel had been touting. To put it simply, Celeron=garbage. :wink:
 

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Ok, so I just went ahead and did it............."DUDE, I'm gettin' a Dell!"
Spent more money than I wanted to right now, but I guess I really did need a new computer anyway! Hopefully this new computer have the correct adjustments I need for the new monitor.
 

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It will. Unless you paid 100 bucks for it.

I laughed when somone said an 8 year old machine is fine. It's clearly not when you'd need to replace the motherboard, CPU* and graphics card just to get the screen the right resolution.


*yours may have run fine, but a new grapics card probably wouldn't have fitted the motherboard and an old cpu probably wouldn't have fitted on a new motherboard.
 

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Well Hugh.............I can assure you, I did not pay $100 for it! I can only wish it was that cheap! :lol: I got something I think will really last me a fair amount of time, hoping that I'll be doing alot more with my graphics in the near future. I think it was just smarter to do it this way, but really, I was just trying to save some money because once my business tax refund gets here, I'll be making a heck of a huge (huge for me anyway) investment in some camera equipment. But I suppose, it just wouldn't make sense to have an upgraded camera system, and try to plug along on my old 8 year old computer! :lol:

My old one really does still work good, so it will now become my computer for doing customer invoices, and updating my website.
 

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Ande said:
I always buy computer parts from http://www.newegg.com

It's cheaper, but you also have to know how to put a computer back together again. haha
My son bought all the components for his computer from that place and put it together himself. They have a very good reputation and you can save some money if you have the knowledge to do something like that.
 
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