HELP! My screen is stuck on 800x600 and won't let me change it!

By vixen22 ยท 5 replies
Jul 23, 2005
  1. Hi Everyone: I'm totally new to this and signed up because you all sound like geniuses after reading some of your postings. Anyways.

    My screen is stuck on 800x600 setting and when I go to change it, the setting reverts back. I can't go into the Advanced settings either. Based on some of the postings i've read it sounds like something to do with a video card? Except I don't know what that is, or how to install/reinstall or whatever it is I need to do. Please HELP me as I'm going crazy staring at this screen! :) Thanks in advance for any insight...
  2. vixen22

    vixen22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    as requested for new members here is more info on my computer-

    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name SUPERVIXEN
    User Name Inga

    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 1700 MHz (17 x 100)
    Motherboard Name Asus P4T-E (5 PCI, 1 AGP Pro, 1 CNR, 4 RIMM)
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Tehama i850
    System Memory 1024 MB (RDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Medallion (12/12/01)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Multiport Communications Port (COM3)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter Matrox G550 (Matrox Millennium G550)
    3D Accelerator Matrox G550

    Audio Adapter Creative SB Live! Player 1024 Sound Card

    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801BA Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 244B
    IDE Controller M-Systems DiskOnChip 2000
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive Apple iPod USB Device
    Disk Drive ST340016A (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Optical Drive CD-ROM Drive
    Optical Drive CD-ROM Drive
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 38162 MB (14904 MB free)

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

    Network Adapter D-Link DFE-530TX PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (rev.A) (

    Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    USB1 Controller Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2 - USB Controller 1 [B-4]
    USB1 Controller Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2 - USB Controller 2 [B-4]
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +461

    Sounds like you just need to install your video drivers. You can get those here
  4. vixen22

    vixen22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do I know which one I need?
  5. vixen22

    vixen22 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    in my "Add or Remove Programs" section it shows I have ATI Display Driver but I can't uninstall it. What do I use to uninstall before installing whatever driver it is I need to install?
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    First download the drivers that LNCPapa linked. Right click on 'My Computer' and select 'Manage' then 'Device Manager'. In the right pane double-click on 'Display Adapters'. If it says VGA something then just install the drivers; if it says ATI maybe you're running the onboard graphics chip and you'll have to disable it, probably in BIOS (read the MB manual); If it says Matrox then double-click on it and click on the Driver tab in the window that comes up. Click on the 'Uninstall' button. Your system will probably want to reboot.

    When it comes back it will try to install the drivers again so you will need to cancel it. Now Double-click on the new drivers you downloaded and let them install. I hope that works for you. I don't think I skipped anything, but I tend to overlook stuff when trying to go through a procedure in my head.
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