only 16 colors available for restored computer

By katy24
Apr 13, 2005
  1. Just got an Emachine computer (IBM restore discs) up and running would not restore with the discs that came with it. I used Fdisk and installed Windows98SE from a full install disk. I have this computer hooked to my Compaq moniter. It is working fine in all but one respect..... In the control panel, under the display icon, I only have 16 other options are there. what is causing this? What the heck is wrong? is it drivers?? hope someone can help me??
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You need to install the graphics drivers for your videocard.

    If it`s onboard graphics then you can get these from your mobo manufacturers website.

    If it`s a separate graphics card then you will need to visit your graphics card manufacturers site.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  3. katy24

    katy24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17 how do I determine which is in this computer? I have Everest HomeEdition installed on it.....where do I find that graphic card type listed? how do you know if it's onboard or separate? sorry if my questions seem silly.....just learning :confused:
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Run the everest programme, and on the first screen that appears select sumary.

    All the important info about your system will be displayed.

    If you`re not sure what to look for right click on the page and select copy all, then post the info here and I`ll take a look at it for you.

    Regards Howard :D
  5. katy24

    katy24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Everest Summary we go with the Everest report. I managed to find the modem driver and get it installed :).....but this one seems more difficult? Thanks for all the help

    Field Value
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE
    OS Service Pack -
    Internet Explorer 6.0.2800.1106 (IE 6.0 SP1)
    DirectX (DirectX 6.1a)
    Computer Name B1N2M6

    CPU Type Intel Celeron, 300 MHz (4.5 x 67)
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset Intel 82440LX/EX
    System Memory 160 MB (SDRAM)
    BIOS Type AMI (07/15/95)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)
    3D Accelerator ATI 3D-Rage IIC
    Monitor Compaq MV520 [15" CRT] (95384)

    Audio Adapter Crystal Sound CS4236 Audio System

    IDE Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Optical Drive SAMSUNG CD-ROM SCR-2432 (24x CD-ROM)
    SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

    C: (FAT32) 3045 MB (2330 MB free)

    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port

    Network Adapter PPP Adapter. (
    Modem 56K PCI Modem

    Printer HP DeskJet 710C Series
    USB1 Controller Intel 82371AB/EB PIIX4 - USB Host Controller
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your graphics card is an ATI 3D-Rage IIC.

    You need to go to the ATI website click on drivers and software , and select your Operating system I.E Windows 98. On the next page select Rage, then RAGE IIC, then download and install the drivers.

    Hope this helps Regards Howard :) :)
  7. katy24

    katy24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thank you SO much for your help.....the driver is installed and this baby is running like a top!!.
    THANKS AGAIN.....This site is just the best for help.
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Pleased you got it sorted, and glad we could help.

    Regards Howard :) :)
  9. jhallet1

    jhallet1 TS Rookie

    similar problem

    I've read your communications with Katy24 about the 16 colors problem. I tried to follow your advice about finding out the manufacturer of my video card, but I can only find where it tells me that it's a standard PCI graphics Adaptor (VGA). There is no manufacturer listed. I've got Windows 98SE and am using the display control panel to find this info. I stupidly went out and bought a brand new monitor, hoping that would help--that's how clueless I am about Windows (I'm a native MAC user). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  10. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Download Everest from here. As Howard said you'll find the most important specs under summary.
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