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01-22-2005, 06:46 AM
I have a problem that started last night after the computer was running a little slow and I shut it down and re started. When it came back on everything was really big. You have to scroll back and forth across the screen to read anything. It seem some settings have gotten messed up. Also the color setting was messed up. I went to the display and it said 16 colors so I changed it to true color 32 bit, was that right to do? It is happening on a computer with windows 98. Anyone know what happened? Thank you in advance
01-22-2005, 06:57 AM
Go back to properties (settings ) and change the pixels setting. Probably to a higher setting. Mine is 1024x 768.
01-22-2005, 07:16 AM
it currently reads 640 x 480
01-22-2005, 07:20 AM
move up to the next setting and it will probably be ok.
01-22-2005, 07:34 AM
I will try that. I tried your setting and things got weird but it did change
01-22-2005, 07:36 AM
You may need to re-install the drivers for your video card.
Sounds like a driver problem from here. Increasing screen resolution will indeed shrink the size of your display but this often works best where large monitors are concerned. If your monitor is not larger than 17" then going to a higher resolution may make desktop icons and text too small for you to read.
01-22-2005, 07:39 AM
different computers have settings specific to the video card installed.
generally the smaller the pixels the larger the resolution. mine only has 800x600 and 1024 x 768.
01-22-2005, 08:34 AM
Thanks it's back to normal. It is set now at 800 600.
01-22-2005, 08:36 AM
01-22-2005, 08:37 AM
The monotor is 19 inch but it is an old computer. When I went to the higher resolution the picture acted funny it got real small and did not fill the screen. It's fixed now though thanks to you guys.
01-22-2005, 09:33 AM
Popcorn, I would go to the website of the manufacture of your videocard and install the latest drivers, just to give you some extra insurance. Most hardware problems that I have seen are driver issues.
Sound like it started up in 'safe mode'.
01-22-2005, 10:38 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Popcorn:</font><hr> The monotor is 19 inch but it is an old computer. When I went to the higher resolution the picture acted funny it got real small and did not fill the screen. It's fixed now though thanks to you guys. <hr /></blockquote>
Unless your eyesight is really really bad, running 800x600 on a 19" monitor is such a waste of monitor space! I recommend at least 1024x768. The reason it "got small" and didn't fill up the screen when you increased the resolution is because the monitor timings need adjusting for that resolution. If your monitor has digital geometry controls (and being a 19" monitor I would think it would) you need to adjust the height and width controls to allow it to fill up your screen.
Using higher resolutions -- as long as your eyes are comfortable with it -- allows you to see so much more information without scrolling. Just as a frame of reference, on my 19" monitor I'm running at 1600x1200 resolution, which is the equivalent of FOUR of your 800x600 screens layed out 2x2. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
01-22-2005, 11:53 AM
My thoughts as well...sid
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