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windows 98-poor resolution and fonts too large! Help please!

By ozeman
Jul 19, 2006
  1. hi guys. i am using windows 98. one day while my son was finishing playing an online game, the resolution on the screen changed and now it looks very poor. the fonts have also become too large to fit all the info on the screen.

    i have tried to go to display and do the adjustments there but all to no avail. can any kind soul out there help this old bloke to get his computer going again?

    thanks very much in advance!
     
  2. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    Right click the desktop, Properties, Settings and change the colour quality to 16 or 32 Bit.

    Its a start :)
     
  3. ozeman

    ozeman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    done that but it is no help. i think if i can reduce the size of the fonts and minimize the pop up screen at display to a reasonable size, i should be able to make some adjustments there. at the present time, the pop up screen is too big for me to see or do anything.

    any other ideas? thanks!
     
  4. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    Have you tried sliding the slider in resolution to a smaller size like 800x600?

    As before right click desktop, properties, settings, screen resolution.
     
  5. ozeman

    ozeman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i did that but it wouldn't save. do you know why?
     
  6. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    Mmmm maybe a iffy video driver,

    You can open Device Manager by double-clicking on the System icon in Control Panel, and choosing the Device Manager tab. It is also accessible by right-clicking on My Computer, selecting Properties, and selecting the Device Manager tab.

    Are there any Yello or Red exclamation or question marks there if so it may mean that you need to reinstall your video driver/display adapter.
     
  7. ozeman

    ozeman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi dazz! i probably can't save the setttings because the pop up is too big and i can's see the apply and ok buttons.

    any idea how to reduce the size of the pop up?
     
  8. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    So the Dialogue box (quite different from a pop-up) is so massive you cant click apply or OK, what about adjusting your monitor manually by the monitors buttons usually located at the front of the monitor, shrink the size a biot and see if the apply or OK buttons appear in the dialogue box.
     
  9. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Have you tried changing the font size in Safe Mode ? HERE
     
  10. ozeman

    ozeman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sorry, you are right it is the dialogue box. when i try to size the screen by using the front button, the whole screen becomes smaller. so i'm still unable to see the ok and apply buttons.
     
  11. dazzer9535

    dazzer9535 Banned Posts: 117

    As said try changing the resolution in Safe Mode, but I cant understand why you cant get the settings back as I expect the PC wasnt in safe mode when it first happened, a bit odd.

    Maybe Settings, Advanced, General and maybe DPI was changed, this is also accessable via right click desktop and properties.
     
  12. ozeman

    ozeman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hi peddant! coundn't get your link to work. do you know how to reduce the size of the dialogue box?
     
  13. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

  14. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    hey just a simple "hit the enter button" that should fix u're problem.
     
  15. ozeman

    ozeman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    nickc, i took your advice and in desperation hit the enter button several times. don't know what happened. hey presto! but everything seems to be working now. damn windoze!

    thanks for all the help, everyone!
     
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