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Windows 7: Screen Resolution stuck on 800x600 16-bit

21 Mar 2010   #11
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Give this a try:
Go through the steps to reinstall the drivers, but this time, before you uninstall the drivers from Programs delete the C:\nVidia folder before you reboot.
If windows finds the old drivers it may be reinstalling them.


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22 Mar 2010   #12
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foouser View Post
Alright, I found a quirky solution for my problem, although I still have problems...
I tried the Driver Sweeper method, and it didn't really help. One thing I did find out is that when I uninstall my drivers through the Device Manager, momentarily before I restart, I seem to be able to change the resolution to whatever I want (!). After the computer boots up, it then again looks for drivers, installs them and the resolution changes back to 800x600. I also found out that my graphics card runs only on x8 link, while the PCIe slot itself allows a maximum link of x16. I tried changing different configurations in the BIOS, but nothing seems to be helping.

I'm starting to believe that the problem is more hardware related than software, but yet again, as I mentioned above, I'm able to momentarily change my screen resolution to normal.

I'm really lost now, any help would be really appreciated.
Have you tried booting to safe mode then install your new driver and restart?
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22 Mar 2010   #13
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

It might be time to start over with a clean install. Then disable driver updates from windows update. If you go to advanced system settings, under the hardware tab you should see Device Installation Settings. Click that button and select "No, let me choose what to do".
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22 Mar 2010   #14
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foouser View Post
Hey everybody,
I know this problem is quite common, yet I can't seem to find the solution. I recently decided to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 Ultimate (performed a full, clean installation on a blanked-out drive). The installation went well, but the problems began afterwards. No matter what I tried, and no matter how many times I tried, the screen resolution just won't change.

I'm really frustrated, and I'm starting to lean towards the option of reinstalling Windows XP.

Thanks in advance.
That is most likely because Win7 doesn't have a suitable default driver for your Card. It will revert back to a "generic video" driver and yep, it will give you 800x600 resolution.

If you go into Device Manager, I'm betting the Video Card entry does not identify your card... probably says something like "Standard VGA" or such.

You need to go to Nvidia and get their latest VGA driver for your card... In many years of coming up with bogus video drivers for Nvidia chips from various manufacturer's sites, it's always been NVidia's own drivers that have worked best.

Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

You shouldn't have much trouble installing them... they're in EXE format.

Then when you go to Device Manager, you should see something like "NVidia 9500GT" and double clicking that should bring up a dialog that identifies the driver source as Nvidia not Microsoft.
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22 Mar 2010   #15
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If you did all the above successfully and still no luck -

Swap the DVi lead for a VGA or vice-versa and see if that works.

Are you installing the proper >
Digital driver for your LCD monitor if using HDMi/DVi lead?
Analogue driver for a VGA lead?
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22 Mar 2010   #16
Lange

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Lot's of people suffer from this problem after changing from XP/Vista to Win7.
Mostly due to the fact that Win7, although recognising the hooked up monitor correctly, uses it's own "incomplete" monitor file instead. Using the "latest drivers" like so many "experts" tell you to do doesn't always work. Certainly not in this case.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foouser View Post
...changing the resolution in the nVidia control panel (forcing a resolution)...
When you forced a resolution, was that forced resolution available in the control panel where you can choose your resolutions? And even when you choose that new res, would it still revert to 800x600?

I found none of the nVidia drivers above 182.50 deliver a good solution when you want to create a custom resolution. So i'm still using the 182.50.
These are Vista drivers but at least you can create and use a custom resolution with them.
Newer ones give you also that option but then you have other problems, i must admit that i didn't try the very latest ones but i don't need to, it works fine with 182.50. If you do a little search on this forum you'll find various topics dealing with the same problem, one of them contains a link to the solution on the Tom's Hardware forums, that's where i got it from.

PS: When creating a new res, sometimes you have to use a slightly different refreshrate to make it work perfectly.
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22 Aug 2010   #17
Terenceliew

Window 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by foouser View Post
Alright, I found a quirky solution for my problem, although I still have problems...
I tried the Driver Sweeper method, and it didn't really help. One thing I did find out is that when I uninstall my drivers through the Device Manager, momentarily before I restart, I seem to be able to change the resolution to whatever I want (!). After the computer boots up, it then again looks for drivers, installs them and the resolution changes back to 800x600. I also found out that my graphics card runs only on x8 link, while the PCIe slot itself allows a maximum link of x16. I tried changing different configurations in the BIOS, but nothing seems to be helping.

I'm starting to believe that the problem is more hardware related than software, but yet again, as I mentioned above, I'm able to momentarily change my screen resolution to normal.

I'm really lost now, any help would be really appreciated.
Hi everyone, I've faced the same problem exactly same as foouser. My window 7 resolution has stuck to 800 x 600. Only when I uninstall my drivers through the Device Manager, I can change my resolution but after the computer boots up, it then again looks for drivers, installs them and the resolution changes back to 800x600.

Kindly help me for this, i'm stuck for this issue for few days already
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23 Aug 2010   #18
Terenceliew

Window 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neo101 View Post
If you did all the above successfully and still no luck -

Swap the DVi lead for a VGA or vice-versa and see if that works.

Are you installing the proper >
Digital driver for your LCD monitor if using HDMi/DVi lead?
Analogue driver for a VGA lead?
Hi Neo101, may you please explain in further way, It seems work for me but I'm not really understand how to start first
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23 Aug 2010   #19
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Terenceliew View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neo101 View Post
If you did all the above successfully and still no luck -

Swap the DVi lead for a VGA or vice-versa and see if that works.

Are you installing the proper >
Digital driver for your LCD monitor if using HDMi/DVi lead?
Analogue driver for a VGA lead?
Hi Neo101, may you please explain in further way, It seems work for me but I'm not really understand how to start first
How do you connect to your monitor?

With DVI/HDMI lead? = Digital Connection > use digital driver that is provided by monitor manufacturer.

With (old) VGA lead = Analogue > use the analogue driver provided by your monitor manufacturer.

If you connect to a digital TV - you should connect with 'HD'TV driver (provided with Win7/card)
Also choose 60hz/100hz setting 1920x1080

Please fill out your 'system specs'
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30 Aug 2010   #20
naresh9

WINDOWS 7
 
 

nvidia 8400 mgs ddr2 lenovo
yes,my graphic card is discreted card means its detatchable,,,,,,,,,,i see it ,when i update my bios 2 l slic 2.1,,,,,,after installing nvidia drivers from nvidia.com.....after i update my bios ,,,,,,here i face my problem ..now my display split into two some times 6 r 8..when i used powerstrip..it shows my monitor screen resolutions to 1600*1200..but my display supports only1200*800...is this actual problem ...so how can i change to my actual settings



when i reset my monitor settings to 1200*800...using powerstrip and i update with my original bios and restart..it show 1200*800...but when i update my nvidia driver it again dhow 1600*1200...
so i hope u got my point ,,so please help me ,,,it is hell for me past 1 year.....
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