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    Old Monitor

    I have saved an original 1981 IBM monitor. It was working when retired. Now I'd like to attach it to something to see if it still works; it's a nostalgia thing. I have one machine running W98se and one running WXP. They both have graphics accelerator boards of moderate capability.

    Forklore has it that the original (monotone green) displays only ran at their 19.5 KHz and if driven to other would fry.

    Anone out there old enough to advise me?
    Andy

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    Re: Old Monitor

    I don't remember all the details, but I believe the original mono monitors use a completely different kind of connector (TTY?) which is not forward or backward compatible with analog color or DVI connectors. Unless you saved the old display card, I'm not sure you'll be able to use the monitor. I have an "add-on" display card from Genoa that displays 16 (I think) shades of gray (green/amber) on one of those old monitors. I think. Perhaps it was only compatible with my Princeton Graphics display... (time to clean out the garage??).

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    Re: Old Monitor

    Hi Andy,

    If the old monitor uses a D-SUB connector (same as most 'modern' analog monitors), you should able able to check it out by booting to DOS (without attempting anything GUI), or at least having it connected only during the PC's POST.

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    Paul Edstein
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