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Solved: 256 Color change won't take

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by islandamelie, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. islandamelie

    islandamelie Thread Starter

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    The colors on my desktop icons and in AOL are grainy instead of solid. I get a message telling me I need to be running 256 colors but, when I change the display setting to 256 colors, press apply and then restart, it goes back to 16 colors. I've had the same version of AOL for quite some time and the color were fine until a few months ago. When the colors became grainy the drop down menus for the AOL toolbar turnedblack with visible text. They still work but I have to use a hit and miss technique to find what I want. Thanx, Amelie
     
  2. elaich

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    Something has happened to your video card driver.

    Open Settings>Control Panel>System>Device Manager. Tick the checkbox next to Display Adapters, which will show your video card driver. Double click on that, and a box will open up. It will say "this device is working properly" or something about not being installed or the driver needs updating.

    Click on the Driver tab, and then Update Driver. Windows should know where the driver is and be able to reinstall it. If not, you'll have to point Windows to it. In ME it's probably in C:\Windows\Inf. Not sure about 95 or 98. Post back and let us know what happened. There's more you can do if this doesn't work, like download drivers from the manufacturer's site.
     
  3. islandamelie

    islandamelie Thread Starter

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    Thanx so much for your help. Your instructions were easy to follow and took care of the problem. This is the best website I've ever encountered.
    Amelie :)
     
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