I have a newbie question, so thanks for your patience with my lack of knowledge:
The Problem (mismatch of monitor & video card)
I'm on Winter Break visiting my father, and his computer (eMachines T1840, it's 5 years old) runs XP-Home, and its original graphics controller (82845G/GL) has 7 settings -- 5 have a width/height ratio of 1.33 (ranging from 1400x1050 to 800x600) plus a 1.25 (1280x1024) and 1.78 (1280/720) -- but none of these matches the native resolution of the LCD monitor (Acer X191W, with 1440x900 for a 1.60 ratio) he bought a few weeks ago, so the monitor doesn't have the crisp text, etc, that is a main benefit of LCD. He is thinking about getting a new PCI video card, but now I'm wondiring...
Is there a software solution?
In a thread from November -- Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV, http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread96430.html -- disophisis suggested a software solution by downloading a newer video driver at http://www.soft32.com/download_173342.html
I followed the link and eventually found a download page for version 14.10.3 from 2005 (newer than the original 2002 version) -- would it have the wide-screen 1440x900 resolution? They also mentioned a "18.104.22.16820" and I've also heard about "22.214.171.12442" (??). I'm confused and uncertain because...
My Confusion (what settings will we see?)
The specs of the original video card say "2048x1536" which is "enough resolution" for the new 1440x900 monitor, but the card has the wrong ratios, because most are 1.33 and none are 1.60. For new video cards I've tried to get specs (in NewEgg and thru Google) but they just say "2048x1536" and don't say what settings will appear in the Control Panel (Appearance --> Display --> Settings) as options for the resolution. What does "2048x1536" mean? The old card has this spec but doesn't have 1440x900, so how do I know what the Control Panel settings will be for the new card, and whether it will include 1440x900?