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I recently had to install winows 98 on my comp again and now I cant get better resolution than 16 colors and 640x480 if there is a way to download something that would be a great help. Thanks! [email protected]
 
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You have to install the drivers for your graphics.

If your using onboard graphics then the driver should be on your motherboard CD. If it's a seperate graphics card, then you will have got a CD with it. If you cant find the CD, you'll need to find the make and download the drivers from the website of either your motherboard manufacturer or the graphic card manufacturer.

Hope that helps
 
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That's your 'video' drivers, not you 'monitor' drivers.

I only mention this because I got confused on that once. Kept loading the monitor driver and didn't change the display one bit. Then someone told me to try the video driver. TA DAAAA !!
Not something I'll forget.

Good luck.

TM
 
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If you can't identify your video card, let us know and we may be able to tell you how to ID it.
 
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Cowboy622 said:
If you can't identify your video card, let us know and we may be able to tell you how to ID it.
I am having the same problem. How can I find out what video card I have in my machine?
 
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There are some diagnostics software that you may be able to download from the internet, that could detect your graphics card. However, a lot of these type of diagnostics, actually rely on the drivers already being installed, but, some do actually scan the graphics chip to determine its identity.

The other way, is, if you feel confident in taking your computer apart, then you can look at the grahpics card, and on some of the chips, varies with each card, should be a name. From this name, it is possible to get the appropriate drivers for the chip.

Many chip manufactures make chips for different card manufactures, who in turn, add their own unique features to the card, but, the basic drivers for the chips, would suffice just to get the correct resolution and amount of colors. Of course, it would be much better if you could get the actual card drivers, which will have the chip drivers, and any extra features that may have been included in the card.

Note: ONLY TAKE YOUR COMPUTER APART IF YOU ARE SURE! YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Hope this helps.
 
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I got it apart but how do I know which card is the graphics card? I cant find a name on it. Where should I look?

I am assuming the card is the one the monitor is connected to, right? I cant find a brand name on there.


Future said:
There are some diagnostics software that you may be able to download from the internet, that could detect your graphics card. However, a lot of these type of diagnostics, actually rely on the drivers already being installed, but, some do actually scan the graphics chip to determine its identity.

The other way, is, if you feel confident in taking your computer apart, then you can look at the grahpics card, and on some of the chips, varies with each card, should be a name. From this name, it is possible to get the appropriate drivers for the chip.

Many chip manufactures make chips for different card manufactures, who in turn, add their own unique features to the card, but, the basic drivers for the chips, would suffice just to get the correct resolution and amount of colors. Of course, it would be much better if you could get the actual card drivers, which will have the chip drivers, and any extra features that may have been included in the card.

Note: ONLY TAKE YOUR COMPUTER APART IF YOU ARE SURE! YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Hope this helps.
 
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Most likely, your video card will be built into the motherboard of the computer (in other words, the place where you plug the monitor is lined up with most of the other plugs of your computer). If so, you should look around for a name on those black (hopefully they are black) chips.

If you could even find a name anywhere like "via technologies" or "s3 virge" or anything --- usually we can track down the video card manufactuer (or, at least, the motherboard manufactuer) and then get the right drivers for you.

Hope this helps...
 
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