running 256 colors

Dell / D300xt laptop
February 9, 2009 at 15:18:10
Specs: windows 98, 128mb
I got windows 98 loaded and got the screen to enlarge by pressing fn and f7 but I need to update driver so it runs in 256 colors I went on the dell website but don't know exactly what to download. My video driver is Neomagic. I also need to be able to download it so I can burn to disc to update the laptop because I can'/t get internet aol to run without the 256 colors.

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#1
February 9, 2009 at 16:57:33
I am not personally familiar with the D300XT, but the Dell website states that it has the NeoMagic 2160 video chip. The Windows 98 driver for that chip (from Dell) is on this page:
http://search.dell.com/results.aspx...
The driver you want is the 4th one down on the page and it is less than 900kB download. You can use a conventional floppy disk to transfer it to your laptop. Please be sure that the current display adapter on the laptop is set to VGA (only capable of 640x480 16 color) before attempting to "upgrade" the display adapter because Win98 will often get messed up if you attempt to upgrade the display driver from anything except the basic VGA default display.
And right, you have to have "at least" 256 colors to use any graphical web browser, but it's much better to use "high color".


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#2
February 10, 2009 at 03:44:23
Thanks for the info. My son's laptop only has a cd drive no floppy drive so will this work to download and then burn to a cd to load the drivers needed.

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#3
February 10, 2009 at 14:28:54
The file is a "self writing" floppy disk image. That means that you get this file named "I3k98vid.exe" which when double clicked will open a DOS box and request a blank floppy disk for the A: drive (1.44MB floppy drive). After you hit "enter" the program writes to the floppy disk. You could then copy these files from the floppy to a CDROM. There is a text file on the resulting floppy that basically describes how to install the driver files, from the instructions there doesn't seem to be any reason the files won't install just as well from a CD.


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#4
February 10, 2009 at 15:18:40
The problem is that I don't have a floppy drive on my desktop compter even from dell just 2 cd drives and photo card drives. So is there a way to not copy file to a floppy and instead just to a cd.

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#5
February 10, 2009 at 16:54:02
Okay, I just found out the the D300XT is a Latitude CPi. Download the file at this link:
http://support.us.dell.com/support/...
It is a self extracting .EXE file which will extract the drivers to a Dell defined directory on the computer. It would be better to just write this file as is to the CDROM and extract it on the laptop.
I also recommend you get the file w95usbflash11.zip from this link:
http://toastytech.com/files/cruzerw...
As it will allow you to use those cheap USB flash drives on the laptop under Windows 98 (I know it says Win95, but I use it on Win98 and it works great) so that you can easily transfer files back and forth from different computers without having to write CDROMs.


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#6
February 10, 2009 at 17:40:36
I went and saved the file but how do I extract it to my cd where I can burn file to cd without unzipping it do I have to save it somewhere in particular. Then when I put it on the laptop how do I download it there with no zip file on that computer do I have to burn the winzip file I downloaded to for it to work on the laptop. I'm a little confused here.

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#7
February 10, 2009 at 18:56:42
Just put a blank CDR into your CD R/W player, open up your CD burning software, and create a "new data CD". The CD burning software prompts you to select the files to include on the new data CD you want to create. Just select the file you downloaded, 96699A05.exe, to be copied to the new data CD you are creating. Once the new CD you've written is finished, you can put it in the laptop's CD player and then use My Computer or the Explorer file manager to run 96699A05.exe by double clicking on it. A dialogue box will pop up and ask if you want the files extracted to the C:\Dell\Util\Video\617Q directory. You click "okay" and then another dialogue box pops up and you click "unzip" on that one. There will then be a new directory on the hard drive of the laptop, C:\Dell\Util\Video\617Q, which will contain the video driver files you need. There will be a file in that directory named "install.txt", double click on that file and there will be instructions on how to install the driver.

That's all you need to do for the video problem your really trying to solve.

But, since you have about 700 MegaBytes of space available on the new data CD you will be creating, and 96699A05.exe is less than 1 MegaByte in size, you have a lot of extra space available on this new data CD you are creating. I was just suggesting you also put this USB flash memory driver on as well so that in the future the laptop will be able to read and write to these little USB "pen drives" which are real handy for moving files back and forth between computers (so you don't have to burn a new CD everytime you want to copy something to the laptop). Just create a new directory on your computer where you are burning the CD called something like "USB memory driver" or whatever. Then, extract (unzip) the files from w95usbflash11.zip into that directory. Then, when you are creating the new data CD, also copy this new directory to the CD. Then, you will be able to stick a USB pen drive into the laptop's USB port, Windows will "find new hardware" and ask for a driver for the new hardware. You can direct windows to the "USB memory driver" directory on the CD and Windows will find and install the driver and from then on the laptop will be able to read and write from any of these little USB pen drives. It's just an option that might be useful in the future.




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#8
February 11, 2009 at 10:25:39
I got the driver to burn onto a cd fine and load into the laptop fine but it told me it won't work with my hardware. when I go into setup it says video controller neomagic 2200 audio is neomagic 2200. I tried this driver too no luck. I then when into the systems folder on the control panel and it said standard pci graphics adapter (vga) and supplier was microsoft also said c:windows\system\vgadrv.

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#9
February 11, 2009 at 10:36:46
I forgot also to add that in the setup it says primary dock video card. and my service tag is ZWXWY. I'/m wondering if theres any other updates I have to run to get the 256 colors

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#10
February 11, 2009 at 14:39:46
From the Dell website:
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...
it shows the model number which you posted, D300XT, as being a Latitude CPi. Scroll down the page to the Video and it shows that it (along with all the similar models listed on the page) uses a NeoMagic 2160 Video controller. The video driver which I provided the link to (file name: 96699A05.exe) states in the "release.txt" that the driver supports the Latitude CP and CPi models.

However, the service tag number you just provided is referenced by Dell as a CPiA, which does use the NeoMagic 2200. But, there is NO REFERENCE that associates the Latitude CPiA with the D300XT model number. It would have been much easier if you'd just used the service tag number on the Dell site to begin with.

The file: Z1312P02.EXE, is available at this link:
http://support.dell.com/support/dow...
It states it is for the Latitude CPiA which your service tag claims your laptop is. If you can't get it to work then you'll have to try and consult Dell about it.


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#11
February 11, 2009 at 16:27:13
Thanks so much I got the driver to work. I hate to bother you for one more thing but now my sounds not working is it just a matter of downloading a file to get my sound working again. I had it working in the past so I now it can.

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#12
February 11, 2009 at 17:05:34
Go to this link:
http://support.dell.com/support/dow...
Identify your model as "Latitude CPiA"
Identify your service tag as "ZWXWY"
Select Windows 98 as the operating system
You will then be provided with a easy to navigate listing of all the unique drivers for that particular laptop. Bookmark the page for future reference.

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#13
February 12, 2009 at 11:53:38
I went to the dell site but under audio it lists the drive I already have loaded for video. Is there a different drive to load under some other file. In my system file it has a yellow question mark with pci multimedia audio device behind it and under audio there is no file for it.

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