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My main computer is a laptop and I would like to buy an external, bigger monitor for it. I already tried one, but it only had a normal VGA connection. Unfortunately the screen flickered a lot, and I suspect that this was because my notebook's VGA port does not deliver enough power.

That is the reason why I want to buy a monitor which I can use with my HDMI port. Is this properly supported with Ubuntu? Can I buy any screen I like that has an HDMI plug? Or do you have to avoid certain products?

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I'd say it's much more likely that it just wasn't set up correctly than it being a fault of VGA. – Oli Nov 12 '10 at 10:34
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Ubuntu should be compatible with any monitor you buy. I assume you have Ubuntu already installed and the graphics chip is supported.

The VGA problem you had was almost certainly a configuration problem (e.g. wrong/unusable refresh rate), not a hardware problem.

For a big screen (1680x1050 or higher resolution) I would anyway recommend using a digital connection. So either directly HDMI or DVI with a HDMI-to-DVI adapter.

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Thanks, that is good to know. – Ingo Nov 12 '10 at 11:14

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