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monitor color shortage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kevinps62, Dec 27, 2001.

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  1. kevinps62

    kevinps62 Thread Starter

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    I just installed WinME and have only one choice in display settings: 16 colors. The graphics are terrible. From past responses it seems that the integrated video card was not recognized?? I don't have drivers for this computer as it was acquired used with no documentation or OS on it. Below is what I have. Can anyone tell me how to go about fixing this problem? I've posted before but no one seems to be able to give me an answer. Thanks.

    Here's what I have per Belarc if it's any help.

    Computer Profile Summary

    Operating System System Model
    Windows Millennium Edition IBM 6285G1U
    System Serial Number: 23HVFZ1
    Processor a Main Circuit Board
    366 megahertz Intel Celeron
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    128 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: IBM 6285G1U
    Serial Number: EHGVHFXZQ1Y
    Bus Clock: 66 megahertz
    BIOS: IBM PDKT21AUS 02/08/99
    Drives Memory Modules
    8.41 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    7.65 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    SONY CD-ROM CDU701-F
    Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

    Generic IDE hard disk drive (8.41 GB) -- drive 0 320 Megabytes Installed Memory
    256 Megabyte Module Size - 1 Installed
    64 Megabyte Module Size - 1 Installed
    One Memory Socket is Empty
    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (on drive 0) 8.41 GB 7.65 GB free

    Network Drives


    Controllers Printers
    Standard Floppy Disk Controller
    Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
    Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo) None detected
    Display
    Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA) [Display adapter]
    NEC MultiSync XV17+ (-2) [Monitor]
    Bus Adapters Multimedia
    Intel 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller Creative AWE64 16-bit Audio (SB16 compatible) (WDM)
    Creative AWE64 Wavetable MIDI (AWE32 compatible) (WDM)
    Gameport Joystick (no joystick connected)
    Communications Other Devices
    Macronix MX98715 Family Fast Ethernet Adapter (ACPI)
    Network Card MAC Address: 00:80:C6:EE:A2:8A Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    USB Root Hub
    Software Licenses

    Microsoft - Internet Explorer 52783-010-7555292-14360
    Microsoft - MediaPlayer 52783-010-7555292-14360
    Microsoft - Windows Millennium Edition 52783-010-7555292-14360 (Key: K8B4P-6BD7Y-48QMB-D3Y6R-TWFM4)

    Software Versions
    Belarc Advisor and BelLive - Belarc's Content Personalization with Privacy Version 5.0h*
    Cinematronics - 3D Pinball Version 4.90.3000.1*
    Microsoft (r) PCHealth Version 4.90.0.2525*
    Microsoft (r) Windows Script Host Version 5.1.0.4615*
    Microsoft Corporation - DirectShow Version 6.4.07.1112*
    Microsoft Corporation - Internet Explorer Version 5.50.4522.1800* Microsoft Corporation - MSN Gaming Zone Version 1.00.523.4*
    Microsoft Corporation - MSN(tm) Messenger Service Version 2.2*
    Microsoft Corporation - Spider Version 2, 0, 0, 1*
    Microsoft Corporation - Windows Movie Maker Version 1.0.1376.0*
    Microsoft Corporation - Windows® NetMeeting® Version 3.01*
    Microsoft(R) Windows Media Player Version 7.00.00.1440*
     
  2. SavvyLady

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    go to start/settings/control panel/device manager & then to you graphics "display adapter"... update the drivers under property of it
     
  3. kevinps62

    kevinps62 Thread Starter

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    I did the following:

    go to start/settings/control panel/device manager & then to you graphics "display adapter"... update the drivers under property of it.

    ...and it said the best driver was already installed, which is the standard VGA. Any other ideas?
     
  4. WarC

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    Windows is stoopid! try switching to something called "Super VGA" drivers. They should provide better resolution/colors
     
  5. kevinps62

    kevinps62 Thread Starter

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    Ok, I switched to Super VGA (although it warned me it might not work right). It allowed me to go to 800 x 600 pixels which improved things somewhat, but the graphics are still crappy, and I only get 16 colors. I simply do not understand what the issue is here. Is it the piece of graphic hardware in my system that is lacking, or is it a lack of the right driver that needs to be downloaded with a disk?
     
  6. SavvyLady

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    ok you changed desktop sizes...did you also change the color settings while there
     
  7. kevinps62

    kevinps62 Thread Starter

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    Display settings still only allows me 16 colors. Is there somewhere else I need to change colors?
     
  8. sandkerj

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    I have the same problem, the only adapter my computer will allow me to set is standard vga graphics, which in turn only allows 16 colors. I was able to set my monitor on super vga. Is there a solution to this problem?
     
  9. TechChick

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    You need to install drivers for your specific video card.
     
  10. kevinps62

    kevinps62 Thread Starter

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    You need to find out what video card you have and find the correct driver and install it. Do you know how to determine what video card make, model you have?
     
  11. sandkerj

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    How do I find out what video card I have? I opened up my computer, but cant find anything on the board that has any terminology that resembles a color card
     
  12. kevinps62

    kevinps62 Thread Starter

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    Go to Belarc.com, run the free personal PC audit. It'll tell you the model # and everything else about your computer you want to know. If you know what make and model number computer you have, you can go to the manufacturer's web site and find out what video card you have. What is the make and model number of your computer? The Belarc utility will give you the exact model number. Let me know and I'll see if I can help you.
     
  13. sandkerj

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    Did the Belarc thing- no help. the computer is a protek amd k-6 w/3dnow, system model "no details available". the info is just what drivers are loaded, not what cards are inside.
     
  14. sandkerj

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    Also Kevinps62, I found some interesting info on another thread from breadie on this same problem. Her fix ended up being a new color card. My color card was working good until I formatted my hard drive to purge out a bunch of deleted programs that were slowing me down. I reinstalled windows 98 step by step using my users guide. The key is going to be finding out what color card I have.
     
  15. Kuwaiti Kid

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    You need to load a driver for your video card. Windows has loaded an interim driver which is not suitable. To find the right driver you are going to have to identify your video card which most probablt will invole opening your box and writing down some model numbers . If you go to the www.driverzone.com this site will lead you to your video card manufacturer's download site
     
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