The Case of the Blotchy Display!

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The Case of the Blotchy Display!

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This question was answered on June 15, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Okay, so you have Windows 95 or 98 and are using the Internet and every time you go to a website that has pictures on it, they appear blotchy on your monitor You are positive that you have your video set to 256 colors and you have one of the new PCI video cards, yet the display is yucky ( technical term ) and unappealing!

Well, today many people are taking advantage of what is known as "High Color" imaging These pictures are much nicer to look at due to the number of colors used when creating the picture This is a very simple problem to fix as long as your video card can handle it.

What can you do about this? Allow your machine to boot up to the Windows desktop This is your main Windows 95 or 98 screen Point anywhere on your desktop and click your right mouse button When you do this a box will open with a few options in it The very bottom selection should be "Properties" Select the properties with the left mouse button Another box will open called display properties where along the top you will find a tab called settings Select settings You will now see the colors and display resolution that your system is currently using If your colors are set to 256, click on the down arrow next to the 256 and select 16 bit high color.

SUPER SPECIAL BONUS TIP!

If you have noticed that most of the web sites you visit force you to scroll to the right to view all of the page, try setting your display resolution to 800 X 600 This is quickly becoming the most used resolution when web sites are developed since they allow more information per page.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on June 15, 1999