1600x1200 required expensive monitors in 2004? Ummm.... no? My CRT from 1993 supported up to 1600x1200. And thats what I used. You must be talking about LCDs. Which were just making their way onto the scene around that time, CRTs were still a favorite due to their speed and superior image quality. And the LCDs of that time most had a native resolution of 1280x1024. Not sure about 800x600, I never seen an LCD with a native resolution that low.