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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by rickn109, Jan 18, 2003.

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  1. rickn109

    rickn109 Thread Starter

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    I had to reformat a friends computer. After reinstalling Win98SE, I attempted to reinstall the video drivers. Prior to formating the computer, the video display would show screen area "True Color 32 Bit", pixel size "1024 x 768". Now, after loading the video driver, I get error message indicating that the installed drivers are not compatable to view this setting. It will only show the basic "640 x 480" pixel size and "16 color" for the screen area. How do I correct this problem? Also, I need to know how I can find out the type of video driver that is installed so I can download additional drivers if needbe.
     
  2. monted

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    go to Device Manger and see what kind of card you have under "display adapters". double-click the name and go to the "driver" tab.
     
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    Thanks for responding. I believe I tried that and if I am not wrong, good possibility though, I came up with this information

    e-AladdinTNT2,eVGA.con

    Does this information sound about right,if so, how can I download the drivers for this type of driver?
     
  4. monted

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    I assume this is an Nvidia card? Aladdin TNT2?

    Here are two , one is for old cards, one page has a lot,maybe try the newest first.
    http://evga.com/support/downloads/default.asp?switch=3



    http://evga.com/support/downloads/default.asp


    If you want be absolutely sure i've found the right drivers click this link(not a bad idea,lol):

    http://evga.com/support/

    and enter the serial #(this may work, I couldn't try it)

    Your serial number can be found on the sticker that is located on either the back side of your video card or on the outer box that your video card came in.


    and finally here the link that I used to find it if you want to try it.

    http://evga.com/support/downloads/default.asp
     
  5. TOGG

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    rickn 109,

    There is a free utility which can identify thousands of components.
    It's called AIDA32;http://www.aida32.hu/aida32.php

    If you decide to try it get the 12/13/2002 version in case the more recent one is beta. Obviously, you must d/l it to the machine you're trying to fix.

    If it can identify the video card it will probably supply a link to the makers website (assuming they're still in business).
     
  6. Cowboy622

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    I had a similar problem when I put in a new video card. I used the disk that came with it to provide the drivers and they were already obsolete. Even then, I downloaded newer drivers and still couldn't get it out of 16 colors.
    I took the video card out and tried to return it and was told that after you have the video card in, most current drivers downloaded, you need to change the adapter refresh rate. For some reason the adapter refresh rate defaults to "unknown" and as long as that's what it is set at you can't get out of 16 colors. I took the card home, reinstalled it and darn if it wasn't true. I
    changed the adapter refresh from "unknown" to "adapter default". apply> reboot; then changed it from "adapter default" to "optimal" and apply, >reboot. (You have to do this in increments because if you go from "unknown" to "optimal" it defaults back to "unknown". Try right clicking on desktop> properties> settings tab> advanced button> adapter tab and change it if on "unknown". Just worth a try. But keep in mind that you may need updated drivers from maker's web site.

    Hope this helps you!
     
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