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I am having an Acer Aspire 5920 notebook with the following details:

Display resolution:

Display: 15.4" Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD, WXGA (220-nit), 1280 x 800 Resolution

Port for External Display:

VGA port (External display)

I want to connect this Laptop to an external LED Monitor with HD - Display.

I am confused about the compatibility issues (since the Laptop screen provides a lower resolution display).

Can somebody please guide me on what parameters to check in this case?

(I want to use External Display as the Primary Display)


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As long as your laptop video card supports external monitor (and it does, it has external VGA), you'll be fine. Resolution is mostly limitation of a screen, not video-card.

And to make external monitor a primary, you'll need to make it primary monitor in monitor settings (presuming you are on Windows OS).

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Thanks. I am a pure GNU/Linux user. I will figure out how to make the external display as primary in GNU/Linux. – Sandeep Singh Dec 5 '12 at 10:35

I didn't find it right, so this is edit with Intel® GMA X3100

Tech Specs from Intel states

Max. resolution stated as 2048x1536

These shoud also provide you with suffice resolution for all common LCD Monitors on market.


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According to Acer Support: Aspire 5920 Series Specifications, the notebook has a Mobile Intel® GM965 Express Chipset. – Dennis Dec 5 '12 at 10:29
Yes, I have an Intel Graphics card. The graphic card details are as follows: "Graphics Card: Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with up to 358MB Shared Graphics" – Sandeep Singh Dec 5 '12 at 10:37

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