Alternate Win 2000 driver for Dell 1025tm CRT monitor?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by needadriver, May 19, 2006.

  1. needadriver

    needadriver Guest

    I have a feeling that there's either an IRQ conflict on my computer or that
    the driver for the Dell 1025tm (similar to Sony CPD-200gs) is causing
    monitor power problems. The power light and screen flicker on and off
    every few minutes. Is there any other driver for this monitor that can be
    used that's supplied with Windows 2000 and has someone experienced success
    with it? Dell never updated the drivers that came with Win 98 or Win ME.
     
    needadriver, May 19, 2006
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  2. needadriver

    Frank Guest

    On Fri, 19 May 2006 10:57:37 -0500, in 'rec.video.desktop',

    Any IRQ conflict should be indicated in Windows Device Manager, but
    this isn't going to cause a problem such the one that you've
    described.

    With regard to drivers, please be aware that monitors don't use
    drivers; they use .inf files which are simply text files containing
    information about the refresh rates and display sizes (resolutions)
    supported by the monitor.

    Your problem sounds like either a loose or defective power
    cord/connection or a defective monitor; iow, a hardware problem
    related to either the monitor itself or its power source.

    Just for the heck of it, I would also check the video card to ensure
    that it's properly seated, however, assuming that you're not using
    on-board video.
     
    Frank, May 19, 2006
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  3. needadriver

    needadriver Guest


    Thanks for responding. Either the monitor is just too old and can't
    handle the refresh rates any more, or Windows 2000 upgrades by MS (sp4),
    may have forced SVGA upon this monitor and it can't handle it.
    I'm wondering if it's the inf file because Dell never upgraded it for
    Windows 2000. Whenever I boot to safemode, or from a setup disk, the
    monitor power stays on. When I boot back up to Windows 2000 pro, the
    monitor power switch goes off and on about 20x every 2 minutes or so if
    I'm opening a program or moving the mouse.

    I'm looking to buy one of the LCD monitors recommended on the
    Tomshardware and Anandtech sites, but it seems like the chains see their
    reviews and never put them on sale!
     
    needadriver, May 21, 2006
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  4. needadriver

    Pen Guest

    As I told you in the other group you posted this in

    Dell never had drivers for this monitor only information files
    that specified its supported resolutions therefore they're the same
    for all versions of windows.
    Dell's monitor info can be found here;
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/55341/
    Download the list of supported resolutions try one other than
    what you're trying to use. You've been told more than once the
    inf files have nothing to do with your problem
     
    Pen, May 21, 2006
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  5. Go to Control Panel and choose Display. In the Settings tab choose the
    Advanced button. You should find a Monitor tab. In this tab you will see a
    box labeled "Hide modes that this monitor cannot display" check it. Normally
    a monitor will work just fine using the 60 Hertz refresh rate.

    You may want to look for a newer driver for your VGA card, whatever that may
    be. If it is ATI based then the Catalyst driver found at their site usually
    works just fine. If it is nVidia, check with the nVidia site. You should be
    able to find information on what adapter you have under (guess where?) - the
    Adapter tab!!

    The reason the monitor works just fine in Safe Mode is that it is only using
    the lowest display settings possible. Generally for video editing 16bit
    color settings work just fine along with a resolution of 1152x864. Since you
    have not specified what resolution and color depth is giving you the
    problems, one may only guess what could be the trouble. From where I sit the
    VGA driver would be the best place to start once you have tested resolutions
    between 1024x768 at 16 or 24bit color all the way up to whatever you are
    using now. According to your statement about Safe Mode we know 640x480 at
    8bit 256 color is working fine.

    My basic assumption is you are using a resolution and refresh rate the
    monitor is only barely able to handle. Lower that refresh rate.
     
    Larry Johnson, May 22, 2006
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