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By saltglass ·
Did fresh win98 install after fdisk. NOW SCREEN RESOLUTION IS STUCK ON 400X600.Updated new diamond speedstar drivers, optiquest monitor and nothing seems to help.

What are my options?

Thanks,

Wayne

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by acchong In reply to Poor Resolution

Try to use back old diamond speedstar drivers.

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by saltglass In reply to Poor Resolution

This has been a problem due to the fact I cannot seem to locate or download proper drivers.

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by zlitocook In reply to Poor Resolution

Boot to safe mode remove driver and use the standard svga from M.S. Then reboot and reload new drivers. Or the card could be going bad.

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by TheChas In reply to Poor Resolution

Even if it is a PCI video card, install the AGP mini-port driver for the motherboard/chipset.

The default chipset drivers in 98 just don't do the job.

If you need help identifying the motherboard or chipset, go to www.motherboards.org

Chas

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Poor Resolution

Have you checked your monitor type in Device Manager?? If you have default Monitor or you have set monitor type to VGA (640x480) then no matter how good your video card is, the ability to increase resolution past that of the monitor will be disabled.

Try selecting Plug and Play monitor or if all else fails, SVGA (800x600) and see if that opens up the resolution options to you. If you then get an option to select 800x600 as resolution, then the monitor type IS your problem.

Usually with Windows 98, the default VGA driver is installed during the initial hardware setup. It is not until you have finally set up the video card that DCC/PnP is enabled through the VGA connector on the video card and the monitor itself. Of course, if you haveset Default Monitor or it has opted for VGA during install, Windows will not bother with DCC communications and will not necessarily 'redetect' the proper monitor type, even after your video drivers are correct and working. The standard VGA drivers in 98 do not support DCC.

Hope this helps!

Mike :-)

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Poor Resolution

Ooops! For DCC read DDC....Digital Data Communications!!

This is a protocol using 2 'spare' lines in the 15 pin VGA Cable as a Data and a Clock line....serial data can be sent to and from the monitor using DDC on plug and play monitors with suitable video cards....this is how Plug and Play systems can identify certain monitors by name. Some monitors have additional features (Compaq monitors, Packard Bell etc.) like multimedia volume controls etc. and these additional features use DDC to passcontrol parameters to and from the PC...just in case you were wondering! :-)M

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