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« on: December 29, 2006, 05:45:41 pm »

I've installed XP on a PC and the monitor resolution is stuck at 640 x 480.

How can I get a higher resolution?  It's a Relisys TE770 monitor if that's any help.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2006, 07:19:46 pm »

Hm... shouldn't happen with XP!! Have you tried deleting the display drivers and rebooting the computer?

Are your drivers the latest ones, or the XP generic ones?

Do you get the option to choose a higher resolution or is it not available?

Can the monitor accept the resolution and refresh rates?
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2006, 07:47:52 pm »

The monitor worked fine with high res before I upgraded it to XP Home.

I assume the drivers are the XP generic ones, I haven't loaded any others.

I can't change resolution at all  

How do you delete the display drivers?  Is it safe to do so?
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2006, 08:54:39 pm »

Right Click on 'My Computer', choose 'Properties'. Under the 'Hardware' tab, click on the 'Device Manager' button. In the list that shows up, click on the plus next to 'Display Adapters'. Your video card name should be displayed there. If it says something like 'Standard VGA Display', then you'll need to download the latest drivers.

If you delete that item and restart your computer (you can also click on scan for changes, but better to restart), XP will notice that the display drivers a missing. It will either automatically update the drivers or will ask you for the source.

It is safe to delete the drivers as long as you have internet. If will not affect you O/S in anyway. You already don't have a properly working display and can use the internet to update your driver. So you aren't loosing anything.

On a final note, if there is a yellow exclamation sign next to the display name item, then there is some problem, mostly suggested by windows. In this case you most definitely have to delete and reinstall. It could also be a resource conflict or a duplicate installation.
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2006, 05:22:48 pm »

The default drivers don't support anything beyond 640, as that's still the only really portable (across video hardware, that is) resolution. Larger resolutions require a VESA interface or hardware-specific calls.

So until you get proper drivers, you can't go beyond 640.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2007, 04:01:21 pm »

OK, I seem to have fixed it, thanks for the help

There wasn't an entry for 'Display Adapters' in the Device Manager.  I searched for the motherboard (Asus P4GE) and found an Extreme Graphics driver that did the job.

I'm getting into this stuff, maybe I'll have a go at building a PC!
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2007, 09:19:17 pm »



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