External widescreen monitor on Inspirion 8200

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Adds, Jul 21, 2006.

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    Adds Guest

    I have an Inspiron 8200 with a 1600x1200 (UXGA?) 4:3 screen.

    I've recently bought a widescreen LCD TV, with a PC input, which supports

    I'd like to be able to use the TV as a monitor while the laptop is in it's
    docking station. Currently, when I do, I can get an excellent picture at
    1024x768, but I can't set the resolution to be anything other than 4:3 modes
    (800x600, 1024x768 etc).

    I'd obviously like to be able to set it to either 1360x768 or 1280x768.

    Does anyone know of any way I can do this? Remember that my laptop has a
    4:3 screen, from Googling, it looks like some Inspiron 8200s came with WS
    screens - I would imagine they'd work on a WS monitor out of the box.

    Adds, Jul 21, 2006
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    Adds Guest

    Should also add that my Inspiron 8200 has the GeForce4 440 go video card.
    Looks like some of the later ones came with ATI.

    Adds, Jul 21, 2006
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  3. Does the monitor have drivers that need to be installed to enable the other
    resolutions. Just a thought.
    Robert McMillan, Jul 21, 2006
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    pen Guest

    According to Dell the I8200 came only in 4:3 screens. Therefore it's
    that the Dell site will upgrade this, but if you go to Dell support
    Video Driver V.A03
    and Video BIOS V.A05 are available.
    pen, Jul 21, 2006
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    Tom Scales Guest

    What the internal screen can do shouldn't matter. Try installing the latest
    nVidia drivers (www.nvidia.com) and use their control panel. Might take
    some tweaking, but it will work.

    Tom Scales, Jul 21, 2006
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    alien Guest

    I just did exactly this with my new Dell 42" plasma. You hook the laptop to
    the TV with a VGA cable. Then open display properties on the laptop.
    You'll see monitor 1 (the laptop) and monitor 2 (the TV). Set the TV
    monitor #2, to 1360x768. I used the "extend my desktop" option. I think
    you can also set monitor 2 as the primary, but I didn't try that and I'm not
    at home to check. I did this with a 3 year old HP "cheapo" laptop and the
    picture quality was really good.

    alien, Jul 21, 2006
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