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22-Feb-2010, 09:42 PM #1
Unhappy Windows 7 resolution
I just instaled w7 on my dell optiplex 170L. It instaled fine I guess. Only problem is when I go to the resolution adjustment page it wont change. Everything is still big on the screen. The icon spot where you change stays grey and wont open to change. Processor is enough and ram is high enough. Why cant I change it so I can see the screen normal and not big as hell? Since this is my first problem, i will be on here waiting for responces, so I can respond quickly. Thank you.
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23-Feb-2010, 12:25 AM #2
Did you do an upgrade to Win 7 or a Clean install? If a clean install go to the dell support site and make sure you have the proper video driver installed.
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23-Feb-2010, 07:40 AM #3
The Dell optiplex 170L is a 6 year old computer designed for office use. It has very old intel graphics which is most likely NOT Windows7 compatible and is typical of computers made before Vista.

It would be best that the computer remain as XP for performance reasons, but Win7 will run.

You'll need to purchase a PCI DX 9 or DX 10 video card.

These will work:
DX 10:

You're looking at $40~50 for a new video card.
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23-Feb-2010, 01:06 PM #4
Are you using an Administrator desktop?
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