I just bought a new 22" Samsung Widescreen LCD Monitor (220 WM model) for connecting to my Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook. I was finally able to get it setup so that the new LCD monitor is the main one and the laptop monitor is the secondary. But I'm not able to get the full screen resolution on the Samsung monitor. Right now it's viewing at 1024 x 768 and everything appears stretched. When I try to change it to 1600 x 1200 it says it's not optimal and that the best is 1680 x 1050 but that's not even an option in my display settings.
The video card or Display adapter that I have in my laptop is Mobility Radeon 9000. So I think it just may not able to view the 1680 x 1050 resolution that my Samsung monitor should be displaying. So my question is...are there upgrades available for my laptop? Or are there drivers that I can download to upgrade the one I have already without having to go buy a new graphics card?
I'm not super tech savvy when it comes to hardware...so any help or advice would be much appreciated. I've been reading the FAQ's on Samsung's site for the monitor I bought and it said the video card should be able to support a widescreen resolution of 1680 x 1050 or 1440 x 900.