only 16 colors available for restored computer

By katy24 ยท 9 replies
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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