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By mc_jp1 ·
A computer I just formated recognizes my monitor but does not allow me to change to 256 color or more on the properties settings. What can I do. The moniter is an HP Pavilion M70.

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by SimY In reply to Screen Color

The problem lies with your display adapter, not your monitor. Make sure you are using the correct driver for your display adapter.

All the best

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by TheChas In reply to Screen Color

You need to install up to 4 drivers to get proper video performance:

The chip-set drivers for the motherboard.
Check with the system / motherboard manufacture for these.

DirectX From Microsoft.
Install the version of DirectX supported by the video card driver.
I recommend against installing a newer version of DirectX than the version supported by the video driver.

The actual driver for the display adapter.
For on-board video, get the driver from the system / motherboard manufacture.
For video cards, get the driver from the video card or graphics processor manufacture.

For a FEW monitors, you need to install the monitor manufactures driver.

Chas

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Got your message.

The fact that Windows reports a standard VGA adapter proves that you are using the default Windows drivers.

To identify your hardware, the best thing to do is look in the system manual.

If you have a name brand system, you can go to the manufactures web site, and look up the information on your PC, and download the latest drivers.

For the video card, many systems have a video splash screen when you first boot up the PC.
If your monitor is slow to turn on, the video card splash screen may be gone before you get a chance to see it.

Your next option, is to open the case and take a close look.

If you have a video card, it should have the make and model written on it.

If you have on-board video, there should be a large black integrated circuit near where the monitor connector is.
That is your graphics processor.
Note the manufacture and model.

While you have the case open, look at the other large integrated circuits on the motherboard. These are the "chip-set". You may need to download the driver for the chip-set to get everything working.

A good source for links to manufactures driver pages is www.driverguide.com

I believe that most of the system information utilities need to have the drivers properly installed in order to identify your hardware.
Still, you could download and run Belarc Advisor
www.belarc.com
and see what it can tell you.

If you need more help, reject my answer, and post a comment with as much additional information as you can add.
Either myself, or one of the other peers will respond as best we can.

Chas

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by lwd86 In reply to Screen Color

You need to reinstall your video drivers.

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by mc_jp1 In reply to Screen Color

Thank you for all your help.

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