You ladies were so helpful with my request for help on choosing a monitor
, that I decided to pick your brain again.
I now have the monitor
and started to set it up last night. But! I am having a little bit of an issue when I tested WoW with it.
I have it set up so that the new monitor "extends" from the laptop monitor. When I tried to make it the default monitor, it did something really
funky and I had a small heart attack thinking I'd broken something serious. After about 10 heart pounding minutes, I got it back the way it was.
So....I had WoW in windowed mode and moved the window onto the monitor from the laptop. BTW, it looks really beautiful....the difference in quality between the two monitors was just astounding. Anyway, the problem is that it's kinda like I'm having lag, but I'm not. Instead of the continuous motion of the characters and mouse, it's like it's skipping a step or two.
I tried a few things, but probably not enough because it was getting quite late by this point.
I played around with different settings in the video options, but it didn't make too much difference. I didn't turn the new monitor's resolution way down (have it set about where was recommended in the manual). I thought maybe it was a bit of lag at first and left SW for Elwynn, and it improved slightly. Tried playing with the size of the window and again had very slight improvement.
I'm not totally sure what is causing the problem. A few of my speculations are:
1) My computer in general is having issues trying to support another monitor. My laptop is not super-great, but it's always run WoW without any problems once I got enough RAM (2 512mb cards).
2) The video card is too sucky to handle the awesomeness of the monitor. :P (I forgot to pull up the details on the video card so I'd have them here at work, sorry.)
3) Some other reason I'm not technically smart enough to figure out.
I was wondering whether getting my hands on some sort of docking station (think that's what they're called) would help. If I could just keep the laptop shut so that that monitor isn't active, maybe that would work. (And kinda make things easier in general.)
Getting a new video card would be doable, if that's the issue. I managed to do the RAM without issues. The little door on the bottom of the laptop helped with that, but not sure if there is one whereever the video card is. If changing the video card means opening up the laptop....that, I'm a bit nervous about.
If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, troubleshooting tips, I'd greatly appreciate it.ETA:
Forgot to add that I did try to play with the refresh rate, but there was only one option. Is this normal?