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Windows 7: screen resolution

02 Nov 2010   #1
greendaykiz

Windows 7
 
 
screen resolution

I dont know a lot about computers so I'm sorry if i get some of this wrong. Basically, I recently installed w7 on my Dell Dimension 3000 and im having problems with my screen resolution. I can only change my screen resolution to a set number of combinations, meaning that i can only have my usual 1024x768 resolution with 256 colour, not 16-bit or higher which i used to have with xp. my choices are:

1024x768, 256 colour
800x600, 256 colour
640x480, 256 colour
640x480, high colour (16-bit)
640x480, 16 colour

is my limited choice of options due to my graphics card or my drivers, and what do I need to do to fix it?


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02 Nov 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by greendaykiz View Post
I dont know a lot about computers so I'm sorry if i get some of this wrong. Basically, I recently installed w7 on my Dell Dimension 3000 and im having problems with my screen resolution. I can only change my screen resolution to a set number of combinations, meaning that i can only have my usual 1024x768 resolution with 256 colour, not 16-bit or higher which i used to have with xp. my choices are:

1024x768, 256 colour
800x600, 256 colour
640x480, 256 colour
640x480, high colour (16-bit)
640x480, 16 colour

is my limited choice of options due to my graphics card or my drivers, and what do I need to do to fix it?
Probably. Any chance you can tell us what video card? WIn 7 uses more video resources than XP, but there are ways to minimize their use.

Ken
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02 Nov 2010   #3
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi, welcome to the forums

You may want to look at downloading the drivers found HERE and running them in Compatibility Mode for XP


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02 Nov 2010   #4
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Welcome to SevnForums. It would help to have your full system specs filled in here
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This way all a member has to do is click on My System Specs in the lower left hand corner to know them.

Here is a program to help with that if you need to Speccy - System Information - Free Download

Without looking up your system( thinking is it's a Desktop) if you have a separate monitor or LCD you may need to see if their is a driver (.inf file) and install it so your monitor appears in the device manager, this will allow Windows to see it and let you have access to it's full resolutions.

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As you can see if this is your model it stopped being supported under XP so any driver installs will have to be done via compatibility mode Compatibility Mode
Thanks. Fabe


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