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BIZARRE XP screen resolution issue

By naslatinsky ·
After a fresh installation of Windows XP Home SP3 I set programs up mostly as they were before (just fewer programs) but didn't address the display resolution until last (thought it was the tiny monitor I was working on). On the other monitor (a 15" CRT), I wasn't able to change the resolution either. The hardware is the same as the last XP install and the video card functioned fine on the last installation.

When I install a new video card the display resolution comes up 800x600, 32b. If I go in to Display Settings and change the resolution or color depth (to anything), it drops down to 640x480, 32b color and I can't change it back. If I leave it at 800x600, it will stay that way until I reboot or the screensaver comes on. Then it's back to gigantoIcons.

I've tried creating a new Windows user account, no effect. The video card was an nVidia GeForceMX 4. I tried installing the default Windows driver, nVidia's latest, and an nVidia beta driver. Similar steps with a different nVidia, ATI, or generic card nets the same result.

Both cards will display in 1024x768 from a Knoppix boot CD. The monitor is a Samsung SyncMast930b, analog connection. I've tried Window's monitor driver, the one from the install CD, and changing it to a generic plug n play monitor. LCD is set at 60Hz

It was suggested that this could be a SP3 issue so I did a repair install of XP using a SP2 CD, reverting it back to Service Pack 2. No luck

Here's where I have hope: When I run Print Shop Pro Publisher Deluxe 20 , it says that it runs best at 800x600 and offers to set it. When I do that, it runs at 800x600 until restart or screensaver. AND when the screensaver runs, it's at a high resolution (unsure how high, 1024x768 at least) and when I come out of screensaver, the desktop flashes for a half-sec at a high resolution before reverting to 640x480.

I just don't know what to do next. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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You need to install the Video Driver here

by OH Smeg In reply to BIZARRE XP screen resolut ...

So if you would like to list what the Video Card is we can help you to find the correct driver for it.

Col

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Video card given, drivers tried

by naslatinsky In reply to You need to install the V ...

I appreciate everyone's response but all of this information is in my first post: I identified the card as an nVidia GeForceMX 4, stating that I've tried the latest driver from nVidia, the next beta driver for it, and Windows' built in driver. This problem has also been present through installing (with the correct driver) 3 other video card, an nVidia, ATI, and older generic. The cards were identified both by printed chipset numbers and identification utilities.

I have made some progress with this issue. By using a program called qRes.exe I was able to change the display resolution. This worked, as before, until the screensaver or reboot. Searching the registry I found that there were some display settings that put the refresh rate to 85Hz (it's on an LCD). By changing those values to 60Hz, I've been able to keep the resolution I need.

I still can't change the resolution under desk.cpl but finding the answer to that has become a matter of curiosity. If anyone has a ready answer, I'd be interested, but I guess it's all wrapped up. Thanks for your interest.

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Try this link

by ComputerCookie In reply to BIZARRE XP screen resolut ...

As Col mentioned, you need to install the driver, if you don't have the CD (which you should!)

You will need to know which card that you have installed.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

If you have trouble seeing the POST, remember the AGP will POST before the computer POSTs.

Download PC Wizard from http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php , this will identify the card for you.

Jeff

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And if that doesn't work

by OH Smeg In reply to Try this link

The Unknown Device Identifier will tell you what you have not installed drivers for

http://www.fileheap.com/software-unknown-device-identifier-download-34861.html

Col 0:-)

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And/or look in Device Manager

by seanferd In reply to And if that doesn't work

for Unknown Devices, or check and see that the video adapter doesn't have any problems and that the driver installed properly.

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Video card given, drivers tried

by naslatinsky In reply to And/or look in Device Man ...

I appreciate everyone's response but all of this information is in my first post: I identified the card as an nVidia GeForceMX 4, stating that I've tried the latest driver from nVidia, the next beta driver for it, and Windows' built in driver. This problem has also been present through installing (with the correct driver) 3 other video card, an nVidia, ATI, and older generic. The cards were identified both by printed chipset numbers and identification utilities.

I have made some progress with this issue. By using a program called qRes.exe I was able to change the display resolution. This worked, as before, until the screensaver or reboot. Searching the registry I found that there were some display settings that put the refresh rate to 85Hz (it's on an LCD). By changing those values to 60Hz, I've been able to keep the resolution I need.

I still can't change the resolution under desk.cpl but finding the answer to that has become a matter of curiosity. If anyone has a ready answer, I'd be interested, but I guess it's all wrapped up. Thanks for your interest.

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