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Display only in 16 color mode?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by PreludeGuy, Jan 7, 2003.

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  1. PreludeGuy

    PreludeGuy Thread Starter

    Jun 11, 2002
    My laptop will only run in 16 color mode. Any suggestions?
  2. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
    Check in device manager, is your video card recognized correctly.

    I would reinstall the video drivers either way
  3. Cowboy622


    Oct 4, 2001
    I had a similar problem when I put in a new video card. I used the disk that came with it to provide the drivers and they were already obsolete. Even then, I downloaded newer drivers and still couldn't get it out of 16 colors.
    I took the video card out and tried to return it and was told that after you have the video card in, most current drivers downloaded, you need to change the adapter refresh rate. For some reason the adapter refresh rate defaults to "unknown" and as long as that's what it is set at you can't get out of 16 colors. I took the card home, reinstalled it and darn if it wasn't true. I
    changed the adapter refresh from "unknown" to "adapter default". apply reboot; then changed it from "adapter default" to "optimal" and apply, reboot. (You have to do this in increments because if you go from "unknown" to "optimal" it defaults back to "unknown". Try right clicking on desktop>properties> settings tab> advanced button> adapter tab and change it if on "unknown". Just worth a try. But keep in mind that you may need updated drivers from maker's web site. Just something else to consider! Good luck!
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