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Monitor questions:

How do I connect a monitor to my Amiga?

Buy a VGA adaptor and plug it in! :) Or, buy a proper Amiga monitor and use that although it's unlikely you'll be able to get an Amiga specific monitor these days.

So what type should I get then?

If you can find one (and if you can afford it) then a Multiscan would be ideal as it'll let you use all of the Amiga's screenmodes. Multiscan monitors are expensive and hard to find so chances are you'll have to get a VGA or SVGA monitor in which case you'll be stuck with the VGA screenmodes which may or may not work. You won't be able to play games on it or use anything that doesn't let you choose a screenmode unless you use a mode promoter of some kind (which certainly won't work with everything).

So what's the alternative?

Get a scandoubler. This will enable you to use a VGA/SVGA monitor for everything but you'll need a flicker fixer to get a flicker free screen at a decent resolution. Fortunately, most scandoublers are available with a flicker fixer built in.

Are there any other options?

Yes. If you're lucky enough to own one of the "big box" Amigas or you're rich enough to buy a zorro backplane or a PPC accelerator and BVision, you could get a graphics card. Then you can really take advantage of your monitor with much higher resolution, 16 or 24bit screens. A graphics card will also speed up many operations on your Amiga. If you're in a position to get one, do so immediately!

Okay, so I've got a monitor but the picture won't fill the screen?

It's a common problem and you're probably just going to have to put up with it. Don't give up just yet though, try adjusting the monitor's settings and try different screenmodes. I had to resort to running in NTSC High Res Laced to fill my screen so try everything and you might be lucky.

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