Windows says my display is 640*480, but is not

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vancouverbc

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http://www.maginnovision.com/Service_Support/faq_general.html

I downloaded a new monitor driver but windows said it was not an improvement.

The above link said that because my monitor is only 15 inches my resolution should be 640 by 480. My current refresh rate is 60 which seems weird. Windows gave me a colour depth of 256 which was very bad so i changed to 32 bits. I changed to 16 bits when i started getting a stack error.


http://driversearch.com seems to be great free site for all kinds of drivers. name/password="driver" and "all".
 
Todd a

Todd a

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Did you install the driver correctly (is the monitor listed correctly)? Does windows let you change the refresh rate and resolutions? Are all the correct resolutions and refresh rates avaluable for your monitor?
 
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vancouverbc

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Windows identifies the correct monitor. I changed resolution to 1280 by 1024 from 640 by 48 and all the icons became very tiny.
I downloaded drivers for my monitor and video card and windows said the current ones were optimal. The only thing unusual is that windows set at 256 colours rather than 32 bits.

I went to properties-settings-advanced-adapter and the refresh rate is set at "adapter default". I don't know what an adapter is. Should i check to see if i have the right adapter? Thanks:)
 
Todd a

Todd a

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What windows sets at first is not important. Does it let you up it to what you want. As you increase the resolutions the icons will get smaller sinse the icons are drawn with a fixed number of pixels and if you increase the number of pixels on the screan, you will decrease the size of each pixel. Set the refresh rate for optimal if the option is avaluable. Also set the resolution that you are comfortable with. Then up the color depth to 32bit. If you can not set the color depth to 32bit at higher resolutions, then you have a junk graphics card. Even my old S3 VergDX 4MB PCI graphics card could do at least 24 bit color at 1024x768 (and possibly a bit higher).

Now if it keeps changing the color depth back or will not let you change it then you have problems. You can increase the point size of teh text to make it larger at higher resolutions and you can make the icons larger too (at least I think you can in Windows 98).
 
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vancouverbc

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Ok, I changed resolution to 800 by 600 with a refresh rate of 75MHZ. When I chose optimal refresh rate it listed out a bunch of refresh rates and corresponding resolutions. 75MHZ was the lowest rate recommended. strangely, though, when i push the circle adjuster on my monitor, the user mode only gives one option of 60 mhz. I changed the colour depth to 32 bits.

The main reason i care is that my computer has an intermittent problem of crashing with VxD errors and I'm trying to locate the problem.

thanks for your help:)