windows 98 only has 16 colors

Dell Optiplex gx520 desktop - customizab...
April 22, 2011 at 06:41:59
Specs: Windows 98/ME, Intel pentium HT 4 3.00 ghz
i just put windows 98 on my computer. it originally was a dell optiplex520 and i switched out the 80 gig sata with a 80 gig ide that had win 98 on it. since the computer was designed to be a work computer the mother board only has 1 slot for the ribbon wire that gets connected to the cd drive or ide drive. i had to skimp on the cd drive and use it for the ide drive. when i first booted windows 98 only had a 640x480 screen resolution to choose from and only 16 colors. how do i fix this? when i first booted it said it couldnt find drivers for some hardware, could this be the source of the problem?

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April 22, 2011 at 07:04:31
Yes you need graphics drivers.

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April 22, 2011 at 07:06:31
Yes, that is the source of the problem. Windows 98 did not include a generic VESA driver, so by default it can only operate cards in VGA mode, which has a maximum of 16 colors (well, 256 at 320x200, but that would be almost unusable for a desktop interface anyway). You'll need to install drivers if you want a higher color depth.

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April 22, 2011 at 13:37:35
GX520? The dell support page for that model says you have an intel 945g video adapter. Dell only has downloads for win 2000 and XP. On intel's site they're pretending they never heard of windows 98. If they ever had 98 945g drivers they're hiding them somewhere.

Even if you find video drivers there's going to be a lot of other hardware you'll need drivers for. Just check in device manager.

If you want a working 98 computer it's probably best to put the drive back in the PC from which it came. Or if that PC is no longer working then cruise the garage sales until you find an old P-II or P-III.

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..

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April 22, 2011 at 14:09:44
yeah i cant put the hard drive back into its old system because the motherboard is faulty and doesnt receive power. i know its not the power supply because it tested it on a different motherboard and it received power. i could do a motherboard swap with one of my other computers but i should have another junk computer coming in from one of my relatives fairly soon. they just give me all of their old computers because im the family computer nerd haha

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