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Only 2 or 16 colors (not 32 million)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by NewTechGuy, Oct 6, 2005.

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  1. NewTechGuy

    NewTechGuy Thread Starter

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    I recently got an IBM computer. It's an Intel Pentium 3, 667mgz. I installed a different Video Card which is a Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA).

    I only have two options for colors choices. Either 2 or 16. I've been attempting to locate drivers for this but am having no luck. I am NOT experienced when it comes to locating drivers, or which drivers I'm supposed to be looking for.

    How can I get a Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA) to work properly in my computer?
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    First off I doubt you have a - Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA) - If this is an IBM computer what you need to do is look at the model number and serial number tag and get that information. Next determine if this is an onboard or an add on card. What I would then do is go to the IBM website www.ibm.com and go to their support pages and look up by model the machine you have find their video drivers download them and install them. If NONE of these IBM drivers work and its an add in you may want to then download a program that will identify the card OR better yet just open up the PC and look at the card as most video cards have labels on them.
     
  3. NewTechGuy

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    Thanks for your input. To shed some more light on my issue here's a bit more info. I installed the graphics card myself. It's used so it never came with a disc. I've taken it back out to look at it and there is so much writing on it I have no idea where to begin (in order to determine what card it is) so here's a few possiblities.

    NVIDIA Corporation 180-P0017-0000-C02

    I already tried a NVIDIA driver and during the install I received a message that no NVIDIA hardware components were found and that the install would be aborted.

    I also found something else Vanta LT 316903900001-R01

    Of course there's more, but I never know exactly what to look for.
     
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    Okay I downloaded Everest and here's some of what it revealed (the original list is way too long)


    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE
    OS Service Pack -
    DirectX 4.09.00.0902 (DirectX 9.0b)
    Computer Name HOME
    User Name Dennis Brin

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium IIIE, 667 MHz (5 x 133)
    Motherboard Name IBM 656393U
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT82C694X Apollo Pro133A
    System Memory 128 MB (SDRAM)
    BIOS Type IBM (06/29/00)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)
    3D Accelerator Matrox G400

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter ESS Technology Allegro-1.COMM AudioDrive

    Storage:
    IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller
    Floppy Drive GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK
    Disk Drive GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE<7
    Optical Drive LG CD-ROM CRD-8480C (48x CD-ROM)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (FAT32) 9756 MB (6535 MB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Mouse Microsoft PS/2 Mouse (IntelliPoint)

    Network:
    Network Adapter IBM 10/100 EtherJet PCI Adapter (192.168.0.104)

    Peripherals:
    Printer Lexmark X73
    Printer Net-It Now! SE
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller


    DMI

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    [ BIOS ]

    BIOS Properties:
    Vendor IBM
    Version PJKT34AUS
    Release Date 06/29/2000
    Size 512 KB
    Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
    Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot
    Supported Standards DMI, APM, ACPI, PnP
    Expansion Capabilities PCI, AGP, USB

    [ System ]

    System Properties:
    Manufacturer IBM
    Product 656393U
    Serial Number 78ZPT78
    Universal Unique ID 206FC0C0-13D02212-BD8EFB94-140F8AC6
    Wake-Up Type Power Switch

    [ Motherboard ]

    Motherboard Properties:
    Manufacturer IBM
    Product 656393U
    Serial Number KZLPZT87T8D

    [ Chassis ]

    Chassis Properties:
    Manufacturer IBM
    Chassis Type Desktop Case

    [ Processors / Pentium III ]

    Processor Properties:
    Manufacturer GenuineIntel
    Version Pentium III
    External Clock 133 MHz
    Maximum Clock 933 MHz
    Current Clock 667 MHz
    Type Central Processor
    Voltage 1.8 V
    Status Enabled
    Upgrade Slot 1
    Socket Designation CPU
     
  6. zeddy

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    Put your old video card back in, uninstall its drivers and power down. Put the new card in, if it is detected automatically as a standard vga card let windows install that driver. Then install the nvidia drivers. Check on the nvidia site if there are issues with the Vanta LT card.
     
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  9. NewTechGuy

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    It worked...... I downloaded the nvidia drivers and presto.........problemed solved. Now I gotta find the drivers for the audio........but thats my next post.....thanks again....
     
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