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    Inspiron 531 from Dell Outlet on HDTV...help

    Got an Inpspiron 531 from Dell Outlet, with onboard graphics. When connected via VGA to 50" 1080i HDTV it will only display as 4:3. Think its 1024x768. Wondering why this is the case. Is it because onboard graphics card will not be up to the job, or do I just need to connect using DVI (with an HDMI addaptor) to TV?

    Here's the tech details www1.euro.dell.com/con…dhs

    If I need a new graphics card, will I need to replace PSU - I'm not a gamer?

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    depends on on-board vga chipset, think so far only nvidia do what you want which is to run screen at 1360*768, obviously havn't tested every single board in existance but have sampled a few.
    On board graphics require the main bios to support this res its not just down to drivers best so far is nvforce 6100,7100 main boards
    if it has been programmed in u need to look in display properties-adapter, click the box to "display all modes"
    and check in it goes to this on your slider.
    Think next best res is 1280*720 @reasonable quality

    What resolutions are listed in display properties at the moment? Are there any widescreen ones?

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys ...There are widescreen options, but only those of lower resolution allow me to keep 60Hz.

    Additionally having found the tv manual it says:

    Input signals
    Video signal:
    Native/Upscale: SDTV/EDTV (480i/480P) (576i/576P)
    HDTV (1080i/720P)
    PC signal:
    Native/Upscale : VGA 640 x 480, SVGA 800 x 600,
    XGA 1024 x 768

    So it looks like I'm stuck with 4:3. I'll have to get a video card. Any suggestions for connecting to my HDMI (1080i/720p) HDTV. Gaming not a consideration so not looking to stretch the budget.
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