External LCD Limitation: Intel Integrated Graphic (855GME 855GM etc -> i810 driver)
Any notebook with a cheap Intel integrated graphic chipset such as 855GME, 855GM, etc has a very disturbing limitation.
Its native resolution (through video out / d-sub / external CRT or LCD) is 1024x768.
If you try to connect your external LCD monitor whose native resolution is 1280x1024 (17 and 19 inch LCD), you'll see what I'm talking about.
You'll get a fuzzy screen since the chipset's native resolution is 1024x768 while your LCD's is 1280x1024.
Even if you lower your LCD's resolution to 1024x768, the screen will not be sharp.
A very bad combination (Intel's cheap graphic chipset + 1280x1024 or higher LCDs).
This limitation applies to Windows as well.
And there's no way to get a laser sharp screen unless Intel releases its updated video bios.
BUT, if you use a 15 inch LCD monitor (native resolution is 1024x768), NO PROBLEM at all. I do that.
So, get a 15 inch LCD or bigger CRT. Any "modern" CRT has no problem producing 1024x768.
Or, you can get a notebook with a decent graphic card whose video out supports 1280x1024.
Last edited by fedorafrm; 04-05-2005 at 12:11 PM.