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My graphics card and resolution/color bit issues

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Kalaloo, Jul 13, 2011.

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  1. Kalaloo

    Kalaloo Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone. Recently, I've had a computer that has ran windows XP for years. Recently, I switched out my hard drive for a blank one with more space and installed Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit version. Everything installed fine but the screen resolution is too low (640x480). I've tried to change it but it won't allow me too. In addition it does not have any color settings outside of 16bit. I have a standard VGA graphics adapter with an up to date driver. I also completed a windows update for the whole system. What's up with my computer? Why was I able to have a higher resolution on my XP for years and now have such a low one on Vista?

    My graphics chip type is Intel(r)845G/845GL/845GE/845GV

    If it helps here are my machine's specs:

    Operating System new – server roles
    System Model: Windows Vista Ultimate (build 6000)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States)
    Installed: 7/13/2011 12:25:18 AM
    Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 2400
    System Service Tag: 39X1631 (support for this PC)
    Chassis Serial Number: 39X1631
    Enclosure Type: Space-saving
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    8 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    Not hyper-threaded
    Board: Dell Computer Corp. 0G1548 A00
    Bus Clock: 400 megahertz
    BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A00 05/23/2003
    new USB Storage Use in past 30 Days (mouse over last used for details) new Hosted Virtual Machines (mouse over name for details)
    Last Used
    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex, s/n NA0DWG3V, rev 0148 7/12/2011 11:25:14 PM*
    * Possibly used again before the reboot following this time.
    None discovered
    Drives new – drive encryption Memory Modules c,d
    120.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    99.14 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8162B ATA Device [Optical drive]
    SONY CD-RW CRX216E ATA Device [Optical drive]

    WDC WD1200JB-00GVA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCALA1124091, rev 08.02D08, SMART Status: Healthy 2046 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB
    Slot 'DIMM_2' has 1024 MB
    Local Drive Volumes new – volume encryption

    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 120.02 GB 99.14 GB free
    Network Drives
    None discovered

    Microsoft Shared Fax Driver on SHRFAX:
    Microsoft XPS Document Writer on XPSPort:
    Controllers Display
    IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
    Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller-24CB Standard VGA Graphics Adapter [Display adapter]
    DELL E773c [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n XX-064180-XXXXX-36D-05SF, June 2003)
    Bus Adapters Multimedia
    Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD
    Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C2
    Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C4
    Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C7
     
  2. flavallee

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    The Intel 845G chipset and Intel 82845G integrated graphics controller isn't supported by nor has drivers for Windows Vista and Windows 7, so your computer is running in VGA mode and has a small number of resolution and color palette settings to choose from.

    Because you upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista, you'll need to buy and install a video card that supports and has drivers for Windows Vista and Windows 7.

    The motherboard has 3 PCI slots and doesn't have an AGP slot, so you'll need to buy a video card that fits in a PCI slot.

    The GeForce 6200 PCI 256 MB video card will work for that desktop.

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    According to the Dell service tag number 39X1631 that you have listed in your list of specs, your computer is a Dell Dimension 2400 desktop.

    Here is the Dell support site that's specific only to YOUR desktop.

    Here is the on-line service manual for it.

    According to your list of specs, you've already maxed it out with 2048 MB of RAM. (y)

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  3. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    I'm guessing that you're still using a CRT monitor with that old desktop.

    If you upgrade to a wide-screen LCD monitor, you'll definitely want to have a Windows Vista-supported video card in it.

    If you don't, everything will look "fat" because the Intel integrated graphics doesn't have wide-screen resolution settings.

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  4. Kalaloo

    Kalaloo Thread Starter

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    thanks flavallee

    I checked that graphics card out. Can my computer handle a 64-bit card? I thought computers with only 4gb of RAM minimum could handle something like that. Or maybe I'm just thinking of 64-bit operating systems.

    Also do you mean if I do get a better graphics card but don't get a better monitor my images will look "fat"?
     
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    I'm using that same video card in an 8-1/2 year old Gateway desktop that I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7. It's a fanless model, so it puts less of a load on a lower wattage power supply.

    The video card will offer you several more resolutions and color palette settings that will allow you to have a normal display in both older square monitors and newer wide-screen monitors.

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  6. PleaseKillMe

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    This might sound silly , since im not an expert , but how exactly did you try to change your resolution? You see many people make the mistake to try and change it just by trying to move the bar into a higher level , and it just doesnt respond . If you are trying that and it doesnt work, try going to Display Settings, click advanced settings, the click "list all modes" and there will be a list of resolutions you can choose from , If this sounds silly , I'm sorry i'm not very familiar with resolution issues :|

    But many people just bang their heads on walls for something so easy , again I apologize if I am mistaken :3
     
  7. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    Thanks for your input, but that doesn't resolve the problem that kalaloo has with his/her computer.

    The Intel integrated graphics needs to be upgraded to a Windows 7-supported video card.

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  8. PleaseKillMe

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    I see, sorry for the useless info.
     
  9. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    I'm not implying your input was useless.

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  10. Kalaloo

    Kalaloo Thread Starter

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    Hey thanks again for the info. I've been looking at that card you mentioned. Recently, a friend offered me an old graphics card that he doesn't need anymore and we've been trying to find out if its any good for my computer but its hard to look up. Do you know anything about a Geforce2 MX 32M AGP?
     
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