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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by JSincore, Dec 2, 2001.

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  1. JSincore

    JSincore Thread Starter

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    I just installed Windows 98, my resolution and color range has diminished. I tried all of the options in "help" without any luck. How do I change the monitor timing setting or monitor mode to restore the proper color and resolution ranges?
     
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya and welcome

    Control Panel | Display. Settings tab. Increase your colour to 16bit and your screen size to 800x600

    Regards

    eddie
     
  3. 4 Computer Fix

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    As far as the "monitor timing" I'm assuming you mean the refresh rate. While under display properties setting the 800X600 and 16 bit explained above - click on the Advanced button at right hand bottom - then click on Adaptor tab - Refresh Rate is at bottom (on mine anyways). Set to Optimal is best suggestion.

    Hope this helps!!

    :)
     
  4. JSincore

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    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    Unfortunately, I already tried to make your suggested changes. It will not allow me to increase the bit or pixel settings. My guess is that I need to reset either the video adapter or something related to the adapter or device driver or monitor mode.... I don't know. Any other suggestions?
     
  5. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    What OS were you using before 98? It may mean that your drivers for your video card need upgrading.

    Go to Control Panel | System. device manager. Under display, see if there is a yellow !
    Hopefully not. Whilst there, tell us the name of your video card.

    Regards

    eddie
     
  6. 4 Computer Fix

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    Right click on My Computer then click on Properties. Click on Device Manager - Look under Display Adaptor and Monitor and see if there are any exclamation or question marks. If not - (you should probably try this anyways) boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 while rebooting) go to Device Manager again and remove anything under Display Adaptor and Monitors. Reboot and let Windows reinstall both. See if you can change then.

    Go to Start -> Run -> Msconfig - Click on the Advanced button and make sure you don't have VGA 640 X 480 X 16 checked.

    Try that and lemme know.

    Hope this helps!!

    :)
     
  7. JSincore

    JSincore Thread Starter

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    Everything checked out O.K. I followed your instructions. No changes. I am not sure where to find info. about the video card. I do have a Matrox Millenium ll, 4MB, PCI, WRAM, video board, and before I reformatted my computer I had Windows 95 installed.

    Thanks for the sleuth work, I will check back later if anyone has any other suggestions.
     
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    Just showing you some stuff I found from Matrox website:

    1)Topic: I can't change the display properties or enable dual display.

    If Microsoft Net Meeting 3.1 is installed, then disable the feature "desktop sharing". This version has a new feature called desktop sharing that seems to interfere with the display drivers. Once you made the necessary changes, you can re-enable the desktop sharing feature.

    Everything I am finding from Matrox suggests the following:

    - Uninstall your drivers with the uninstaller from here: http://www.matrox.com/mga/support/drivers/files/ftp_util2.cfm
    - reboot and go in your system BIOS
    - Be sure that USB is enabled!! (this should have been done before you installed windows according to VIA)
    - Boot in normal mode
    - Upon detection of the card install drivers for standard VGA adapter from windows list only. Do not install Matrox drivers at this point
    - Install the latest 4 in 1 patch rev 4.34 from VIA http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2
    - Reboot
    - Install our latest drivers

    This was a reply with someone from a Millinium G200 APG - but is the advice they are giving everyone with every type of Matrox card.

    Hope this helps!!

    :)
     
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