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Solved: why can't I increase resolution beyond 800x600?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bj nick, Jul 30, 2006.

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  1. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    I have a Gateway laptop Solo 5300 running Windows XP prof. It is set at 800x600 resolution. How can I increase it? I believe the video card is a Savage S3 IX.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Does the system recognize the Savage S3 IX as the video card that is present in the system?

    Right-click a blank portion of the desktop.
    Click properties.
    Click the Settings tab.
    Identify the card.
     
  3. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    yes, that's the one indicated. It also indicated a setting of "Multiple monitors on S3 Graphics Savage IX." There is no other option, even though I am not using multiple monitors.
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    I would see if there is an updated driver. I suspect the driver is either incorrect for your card or it is corrupt.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    If this is the 12 inch screen, that's as good as it gets. From the gateway site:

    Graphics controller
    S3 Savage IX Multi Display Accelerator

    Video memory
    8 MB 100 MHz SGRAM

    LCD display panel
    12.1-inch or 14.1-inch active matrix (TFT) LCD color displays.

    Maximum panel resolution:

    800 × 600 (SVGA, 12.1-inch display)
    1024 × 768 (XGA, 14.1-inch display)
    Maximum color depth: 18-bit color
     
  6. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    Thanks, John. It's disappointing that that's all I can get, but it's good to know, at least.
     
  7. Alex Ethridge

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    That one didn't occurr to me. I have one with a 12-inch screen that goes to 1024 x 768.
     
  8. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    I just thought that 800x600 had gone the way of the dinosaur...it's hard to believe that a laptop built to run XP can only go that high...disappointing.
     
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    Are you sure it came with Windows XP? The laptop seems to pre-date Windows XP.

    On a 12 inch screen 1024x768 would make everything very tiny.
     
  10. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    I have no way of knowing, really; it was donated by a business at some point...I just assumed...but it's fine. I didn't think about the screen size factor; I'm just so used to having higher resolution on my desktop.

    Thanks, everyone, for your responses.
     
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