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Selecting correct Hz for new monitor

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Wizard of Ozz, Oct 16, 2004.

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  1. I'm using Windows 98 and I just bought a new monitor, a Samsung
    SyncMaster 793s 17" screen. My old one was a Samsung Syncmaster 3 14"

    When I went to change the monitor type on the Active Desktop list of
    monitors, it obviously didn't have the newer 793s, so I tried to pick
    a standardized monitor type from the list (at the top of the list it
    says "standard monitor types").

    I'm stuck between 2 options:
    Super VGA 1024x768
    Super VGA 1024x768 at 75 Hz

    How can I tell which one I should pick? Also, does it matter if I
    continue to use the monitor with the setting wrongly selected for the
    older Syncmaster 3? What does this setting change, anyhow?

    I should also note that the CD that came with the monitor only
    provided drivers for Win2000 and up to Win XP, but not for Win 95/98.
  2. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Look up what modes the new monitor supports and pick something close, the
    selection simply changes the resolutions and refresh rates available, hiding
    those not supported by a particular model. Personally I would just choose
    something generic, set it to the resolution I wanted, and then bump up the
    refresh rate one notch at a time until either the picture looks distorted or
    the monitor shuts down, and then back it off one.
  3. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Did the monitor not come with some software drivers? If not, you might
    visit the maker's website and see if some are not available. Normally
    you will have many possible settings if you acquire the proper drivers.
  4. Or the monitor blows up.

    Most monitors should be smart enough to shut down if an improper refresh
    rate is fed to it but not all.

    However, it's very likely that any modern monitor should be able to support
    1024x768 at 78 Hz.

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  5. You may have some luck with whatever the newer Samsung drivers are
    that are available with Windows also, but compare specs to yours
    before you change anything. If you do make a change and lose your
    screen, restart in Safe Mode (F5 or F* while booting).

  6. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Guest

    Maby I'm just lucky, but I've never had a monitor blow up on me. I've set
    the refresh rate too high, set the frequency to high etc and the monitor
    didnt shut down.. The picture just lost sync. I've done this with dozens of
    old monitors without any problems trying to find the proper refresh rate and
    resolutions for them.

    - Mike
  7. ....make that F5 or F8. :)
  8. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Well IMO if the monitor blows up from setting the refresh too high then it's
    not worth having in the first place. Decent 17" monitors are a dime a dozen,
    took me a month to get $20 for one.
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