What is Display Drivers?


I have lost some color on my monitor. I have tired several times, without any results to change the settings in the "display" of my control panel. I set it at 256 colors, then click on apply and then click ok. The pop up window tells me it must restart to take effect. I click ok and my computer does a restart. BUT, when it restarts, the color is still lost. The actual restart screen, that is usually a blue and white sky, is gray and white. UGH! It always sticks with the 16 colors. I can still manuver thru Internet Exployer and Outlook Express, but I can not see the pictures in color that people have e-mailed me. Also, if I try to play any games, nothing works correctly. I cannot get the factory installed game of solitare to come up at all. And I have a game called gem drop by Gamehouse.com that plays in slow motion. HELP!


This question was answered on March 31, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

16 colors is not too nice, 256 looks nicer, 16 bits look better and 24 bits look much better

so if you could set it to 16 bits it will look better If possible 24 bits would be a better choice for the purpose of having better graphics but it may cause short glitches.

If you don't see 16 bits or 24 bits then try the following

Go to start --> settings --> control panel --> dobleclick system

from the device manager click the plus ( ) next to display adapters

select what comes up under it And click the remove button

Also click the plus ( ) sign for 'Monitors'

select what comes up under it and click remove button.

click ok

and restart.

Your computer will detect your video card and monitor and hopefully it will install the correct drivers You might need to restart after that.

Then. right click on a clear area in your desktop select properties Select settings tab.

and see if the correct amount of colors is selected, if not. then change it to either 16 bits or 24 bits If that is still not available then you could go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and it will try to find the correct drivers for your video card.

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Posted by Cecilia of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 31, 2003