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Solved: Can't change screen area or colors in display settings, please help!

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by mojomoggy, Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. mojomoggy

    mojomoggy Thread Starter

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    Old computer, usually realiable but still running on windows 98SE. Turned on the computer yesterday and went to make a coffee while it booted up. When I came back it was as if I hadn't even turned it on. Tried switching it on again and it loaded into safe mode. Did shutdown and restarted it and got a message: something about windows protection and that the computer had to shut down. So I shut it down and then when I restarted it would load into safe mode. Went round in circles for hours. Ran various checks with the help of a friend through msconfig and system information but nothing seemed to help.

    Gave up in the end and left it but when I switched it on this morning it loaded up into windows ok. Stupidly thought it was ok but now I can't change the colour from 16 or the screen size from 640x480. I make the changes and restart but the changes don't save. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I'm getting out of my depth and haven't got a clue what to do next...
     
  2. Blue Zee

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    Try a registry restore.

    At startup tap F8 or press CTRL and keep it pressed until the start menu appears.

    Select Command Prompt and at the C:\ prompt type:

    SCANREG /RESTORE (space between G and /)

    Press Enter, select a date just before the problem started and restart when finished.

    See if that helps.

    Zee
     
  3. blues_harp28

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    Hi and welcome to TSG.
    If Blue Zee's suggestion dosent work..you will have to update your Video Drivers.
    Right ckick My Computer>properties>device manager.
    Click on + sign next to Display Adapters.
    What is listed there?
     
  4. mojomoggy

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Blue Zee! That seems to have done the trick.

    Blues Harp, if I could pick your brain a little more...I checked device manager anyway. NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
    Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA). (Has an exclamation mark at it.)
    What does this mean? I'm not computer illiterate but definitely lacking in knowledge.
     
  5. Blue Zee

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    Great news, glad it was that simple.

    Delete that Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA) in Safe Mode, that is probably a left over that may have caused the problem.

    To boot to Safe Mode, at startup tap F8 or press CTRL and keep it pressed until the Start Menu appears. Select Safe Mode and proceed.

    Go to Control Panel > System > Device Manager and delete that wrong entry under Display Adapter.

    (Above comment with due respect, blues_harp28)

    Zee
     
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    Hi ditto..exactly what Blue Zee has said. ;)
     
  7. mojomoggy

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    Right, I deleted the PCI thing (excuse my technically inept vocab) and when I restarted I was asked to re-install it. Cancelled that and everything loaded up fine. Will I be asked to do that every time?
     
  8. Blue Zee

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    Hopefully not, but do post back if it keeps reappearing.

    Zee
     
  9. mojomoggy

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    I've been imagining terribly expensive problems that would take weeks to sort and it all turned out to be so simple (fingers crossed)! You've saved me hours of unnecessary bored time. Thanks guys!
     
  10. Blue Zee

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    You're welcome.

    Please mark the question as solved using the Thread Tools just above your first post.

    Cheers,

    Zee
     
  11. CaptainPlanet

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    Thank you Blue Zee!!! I had the same problem as mojomoggy and the reinstalling driver option people told me to do wasn't working for me because I didn't even know which one I had (long story). Anyway, thanks for the help.
     
  12. Blue Zee

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    (y)
     
  13. Com34

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    i have windows 98 on my omnibook 6000 and i cant change the 640 x 480 pixels to make it take up the full screen can some one tell me what to do
     
  14. Com34

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    can some one help what bout u blue zee
     
  15. Blue Zee

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    Com34,

    Press DEL at startup to enter Bios Setup.

    Go through the Bios menus and locate an entry called HV Expansion.

    Confirm it is enabled. I believe it isn't, so turn it ON, save the changes and exit Bios setup.

    See if that works for you.

    Zee
     
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