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Windows 7: Screen Resolution Stuck @ 640x480, Can't find drivers


16 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Screen Resolution Stuck @ 640x480, Can't find drivers

Hello! I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 2400, hoping to breathe some new life into the thing. Everything went smoothly except the screen resolution is stuck at 640x480.

The monitor, a Dell E172FPt, was running on Generic PnP drivers, so I attempted to update them. FIrst automatically, which concluded that the generic drivers were fine, then I searched the internet and found no drivers for my model of monitor on the Dell website at all. The only drivers matching my model were on download.com, for windows XP. Desperately, I installed them, and they installed fine, but it made no difference whatsoever. The resolution dropdown is still greyed out.

What do I do now?

Please tell me I'm not going to be stuck with a 640x480 resolution on this computer!

-Akeru

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16 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Akeru View Post
Hello! I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 2400, hoping to breathe some new life into the thing. Everything went smoothly except the screen resolution is stuck at 640x480.

The monitor, a Dell E172FPt, was running on Generic PnP drivers, so I attempted to update them. FIrst automatically, which concluded that the generic drivers were fine, then I searched the internet and found no drivers for my model of monitor on the Dell website at all. The only drivers matching my model were on download.com, for windows XP. Desperately, I installed them, and they installed fine, but it made no difference whatsoever. The resolution dropdown is still greyed out.

What do I do now?

Please tell me I'm not going to be stuck with a 640x480 resolution on this computer!

-Akeru
Id say its your graphics driver not your monitor,have you tried those?
And i see your using 512MB of ram,id upgrade to at the very minimum 1GB or ram.
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16 Jan 2010   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Akeru View Post
Hello! I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 2400, hoping to breathe some new life into the thing. Everything went smoothly except the screen resolution is stuck at 640x480.

The monitor, a Dell E172FPt, was running on Generic PnP drivers, so I attempted to update them. FIrst automatically, which concluded that the generic drivers were fine, then I searched the internet and found no drivers for my model of monitor on the Dell website at all. The only drivers matching my model were on download.com, for windows XP. Desperately, I installed them, and they installed fine, but it made no difference whatsoever. The resolution dropdown is still greyed out.

What do I do now? Please tell me I'm not going to be stuck with a 640x480 resolution on this computer!

-Akeru
Hello Akeru, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

The Dell web site says the 2400 uses the Intel 845 chipset. There is just no support for video that old. Your best option would be to purchase an inexpensive video card and disable the onboard video.

There is another possibility, I was not able to confirm, some integrated Dell video allow the Bios setting to be changed from 1MB to 4 or 8MB of shared video memory. To see, reboot your computer, and tap the F2 key when the Dell logo appears. You will get a bios menu like this:

Name:  dimension_video_bios.png
Views: 104
Size:  34.6 KB

Look under "Intregrated Devices" to see if there is the opportunity to increase the video memory.

Also, I must agree with Minotar that another 512MB of memory is really needed just to meet minimum requirments.

Cheers!
Robert


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16 Jan 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just as a little help. Here are some really cheap graphics cards starting at $15. Maybe there is one that fits your mobo. Deals2buy: Graphic Cards deals
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