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lolobeen

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I am running Windows 98 and my display settings won't hold. I have them set at 800 x 600 pixels for screen size and everything is huge and I can't get a whole window to fit the screen. Whay isn't it holding my settings?
 
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Im not sure why it does that either, it does that sometimes on my old computer too, i guess its because the monitor can't support it or something, but it dont hold on all compueters, your sure your hitting Ok or Apply right, not cancel, but yeah otherwise im not sure why. maybe someone else know... Hey anyone help here please!!!!
 

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Try this. Right click the desktop>properties>settings>advanced and check "show settings icon on taskbar" Then you will have a choice of several settings.
 
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Change your "screen resolution" to "1024 by 768" and "color quality" to the highest value. Restart computer. Upon restart, if icons are still the same. You need to reinstall video drivers. If reinstalling video drivers will not work, reseat the video card if it is not integrated to the motherboard. Go to your "system setup" and reload defaults. If this does not work then the problem could be your video card or the AGP slot where the video card is inserted and if the video is integrated to motherboard then motherboard needs to be replaced.
 

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Lolobeen:

Go into the display properties settings tab, set the color palette to 16-bit high color(32-bit true color is not needed), apply the change, then reboot your computer.

Go back into the display properties settings tab, set the resolution to 1024 X 768, then apply the change.

See if the resolution keeps its same setting now.

If this does not work, go to the website for your make and model of display adapter/video card, then download and install any updated video drivers for it.

By the way, what make, model, and model number computer do you have, and what make and model display adapter/video card do you have?


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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 and 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.

I don't know why but periodically, by refresh rate becomes corrupted and ends up on "unknown" . Sometimes I find a computer which won't go all the way to "optimal" but on those, everything works on "adpater default". Just something to try.
 

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The "Default" or "Optimum" setting isn't always the best. I have mine set to 85 Hz. You just have to play around with the refresh rate until you find what works best for you.

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