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Resolution/Monitor problem

By huyem12
Sep 15, 2005
  1. Recently, my computer broke down and almost everything was gone: all the installations, updates, drivers, etc. I basically reinstalled everything. For some reason I can't change my resolution and it is stuck on 640 x 480 and it only has 16 colors. Before my computer broke, I could always change the display settings from 640 x 480 to 1280 x 1024 ranging from 32 colors to 16 colors. Now, I can't do anything and it seems like it's stuck on default.

    Does this problem relate to the video card/graphics adapter?

    I have a IBM 2237 C71 on Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA) as of now. Does anyone know where to upgrade the monitor driver or graphics adapter so I can change my resolution to 1024 x 768.

    I tried resetting up ATI and stuff, but that doesn't seem to work at all.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Please would you take a few moments to read this post. A message for all newcomers. Thanks.

    You need to go to your graphics card manufacturers website, and download, and install the latest drivers for your card.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  3. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just downloaded the S3 Savage4. I have all these .dll files...where do I put them under?
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Somewhere in all those files, there will be a file that says setup. Just double click on the file and the installation should begin.

    Once the installation is complete, you can either delete the downloaded files, or burn them to a cd for future use.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,456   +228

    Yes, you don't just copy the driver files into a folder. They have to be installed. There's a difference.
     
  6. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's just the problem though. There is no file named Set Up. >____<;;
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Can you give me a link to the file? That way I can download it myself and see how you go about installing it.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  8. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    The file you have downloaded is no good.

    We need to know what graphics card you have.

    Is it a separate card, or is it onboard?

    If it`s onboard then we need to know what mobo you have.

    If you download the free Everest programme from HERE it will give you lots of info about your system.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  10. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have Everest, but where do I go to find out if its onboard?
     
  11. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Quite easy to tell if it's onboard. Just look at the back of your PC tower where all the plugs are. Is your monitor plugged in to a verticle backplane up high where the USB and keyboard/mouse are? Or does the monitor plug in to a horizontal slot down lower all by itself?
    If it's up on the plate with the keyboard/mouse/usb, then it is onboard. If it's plugged in to a card down lower, it is not onboard.

    In either case, everest should tell us what your motherboard model is. We need that. If it's not onboard, we need the video card model.

    cheers
     
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    When you run the Everest programme a window will open.

    In the right hand pain click on computer, and then on summary.

    About half way down the page you should see a heading that says display.

    You graphics card will be displayed next to where it says video adapter.

    REgards Howard :grinthumb
     
  13. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Motherboard Name: IBM 66M2
    CPU Type: Intel Pentium III, 450 MHz

    Video adapter: Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)
    GPU Code Name: Savage4
    PCI Device: 5333/8A22

    Sigh, all I want is to be able to change the resolution and color again like it use to be able to do. =(
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    You need to go HERE in order to get your graphics drivers.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  15. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Which graphic driver do I download?
     
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    After you have entered the model number of your computer, it should take you to the download page for your model.

    Download the latest version of your graphics driver.

    The site tells you where to find the model number of your computer.

    If you still have problems, then give me the model number, and I`ll try and find the correct driver for you.

    Regards Howard :) :)
     
  17. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, I found the machine type/model number, but it says it cannot find it. Then, I did all the steps they asked of me and even let them find the product number, but it didn't work. >__<

    Here's the machine type/model number/serial number:

    Machine type/model: 2171-545
    Serial number: AM7CZ3F
     
  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  19. huyem12

    huyem12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I currently don't have my Flobby Diskette Drive, so I can't use that. T___T
     
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