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Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2000 - 4:01 pm:   

Hello the question's i have are easy to answer.

What setting should the monitor be set at? My display adapter is ATI pro turbo pci Mach 64. Does all depend on what your video card can put out?

secound question:
How much power supply is suffient enough to run a computer. Mine power supply is 230w. I also seem to get this howling sound from around the fan area, but when i remove the cover the sound seem to get quite. I would like to know if this is signs of the power souce dying.

One more thing thanks to all the people that respond to my posting your information is greatly precidate.
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2000 - 5:47 am:   

I going to assume that you want to know about the resolution and color of the monitor when you ask about the setting. This usually is a user preference, as some people's eyes are better than others. Normal 15" monitors are usually set at either 640x480 or 800x600 resolution. Color usually are set at either 16-bit (High Color) or 32-bit (True Color). 17" Monitors can have a higher resolution, but most people don't exceed 1280x1024, otherwise the print looks pretty small. There really are two determining factors about what resolution you can display. One is the maximum resolution of the video card, and the other is the maximum resolution of the monitor. If you attempt to run the video card at a higher resolution than the monitor can support, it will become "garbled" and you will not be able to read it, until it's set back.

A 230W power supply is adequate for standard computing needs (HP actually puts in 130W supplies in some of the Pavilion series). The howling noise you are hearing usually indicates the power supply fan is noisy, and will eventually die completely. If the fan is still spinning, and there is air-flow through the case, you should be ok for a while as long as you can put up with the noise.

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