I would like to be able to experience Half-life 2 in HD, but I'm not sure if my monitor supports HD. When I first set the monitor up I set it to non-HD, because it gave me a warning saying, "Setting HD on, with a monitor that does not support HD, could damage your monitor." Now I would like to know if I can go back and set it to HD.
I have a Princeton 19 inch monitor with these specs:
19" Color Avtive Matriz TFT LCD
16 Million colors
SXGA 1280 x 1024 Max. Resolution
High Contrast/High Brightness
The box doesnt say anything about HD, so I'm scared I could damage my monitor.
Yes. That will support 720p picture if you are watching HD movies. It is not widescreen, but you will still get 720p resolution. As for HL2, you will be able to run at at up to 1280 x 1024 resolution. Keep in mind, though, that how high the resolution you can play in will depend on how good your graphics are. I have a WXGA screen (1280 x 800), but games are only playable at 800 x 600.
Just for reference:
480p = VGA resolution
720p = WXGA HD resolution
1080p = WUXGA HD resolution.
True, common HDTV currently is 720p. However, 1080p is where things are going, which is 1920x1080. Your monitor will not handle that. Just beware of what type of signal you're getting. As far as damage, I don't really know about that, so I guess I'll take their word for it.
You can really only damage a monitor by using too high a refresh rate or by hitting it with a hammer :winkgrin:. Using a resolution higher than a native monitor isn't harmful, it just doesn't look as good.
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