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Why can't I change my display settings??


When I go to display and change my settings to something other than 16 colors and 640x480, It asks me to restart. I do, and than after the 2nd windows 98 logo appears, the screen turns totally black except for a little white line flashing in the upper left-hand corner. When I reboot after that, I get in to windows, but it is still 16 colors and 640x480. How do I fix this so I can access other colors and sizes?


This question was answered on June 11, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hello and thank you for your question.

It sounds like you just have the standard VGA driver installed.

The first thing I suggest is to remove your display adapter,(video driver) and let windows redetect your video card To do this, Right-click on My Computer and select Properties, then select Device Manager, locate adapter and remove it and reboot If after doing this you still cannot adjust your display settings I suggest you go to your video card manufacturers website and download, and install, a "new" video driver You should then be able to change the settings as you like.

Good luck!!

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Posted by Lanny of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on June 11, 2001