Display screen resolution/Drivers

April 1, 2005 at 12:48:02
Specs: Windows 98SE, Genuineintel X86/128

Replacing the existing hard drive and modem to overcome problems in the existing system has resulted in good and faster performance. HOWEVER, for whatever reason apparently there is a shortage of drivers resulting in a screen display 480X600. Going thru the usual procedure under Settings and control panel and trying to change the resolution to 600X 800 cannot be effected. From what I was able to determine an svga drive is necessary and I have only a vga(Standard PCI Graphics Adapter. Delving into systems,under Media I get a message that "this device has a problem, code= 28(0x1c) The devices are not installed correctly. Scrounging around to various sites and endeavoring to download a new svga driver has met with a decided lack of sucess. Any ideas/ recommendations, etc.

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April 1, 2005 at 13:31:17

First thing to need to find out is the manufacturer and model number of your graphics card - they are all different.

When you have done that a search of Google should find you the appropriate driver.


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April 1, 2005 at 16:02:21

I had the same problem with a new installation of an 80 GB HD.
Just resolved it this week.
The Win98SE disk installed a standard
VGA driver. This resulted in a display of only 16 colors at 640 x 480 resolution,
the same as operating in Safe Mode.

At first I thought the Monitor drivers were incorrect,
and then the display drivers for the Video card,VGA.

Found both, but only after trying almost every combination from the
Win98SE installation disk---big waste of time.

The best place to find any drivers that you need is at:
---> http://www.driverguide.com/

Turned out that the driver for the monitor was just a name card
to place the monitor name under Settings.
Didn't really matter if it said my monitor or
Windoze choice of Generic or default.

The correct video driver card is what made the difference.
This was not on the Windoze installation disk.
And, I had forgotten the name of my video-card,
which was nowhere on the card.

By copying all the numbers off of a paper-sticker on the card,
and submitting them to the search engine at DriversGuide.com,
the correct name came up along with free driver downloads.

Turned out the manufacturer had provided a CD with many drivers
for different applications, but I couldn't remember the name or
model NO. of my Video card! After finding it, I used the CD,
but I could have downloaded the correct driver from DriverGuide.

The card was a NVida RIVA 128/128ZX.

I also Spent a whole week trying different 3com/U.S. Robotic drivers
for the modem, along with windoze pseudo-help guide.
The problem was that I didn't have the driver for the
sound card installed, which had to be done in order for
the modem to work.

DriverGuide.com will have just about any driver that you need.

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April 1, 2005 at 17:25:13

John, download the free Everest Home Edition. It might be able to tell you the make and model of your video adapter.


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April 2, 2005 at 06:54:22

Thank you much for the info! I reformatted my old Windows98se computer, and the screen could only display 16bit colors. I spent a couple of hours trying to download the correct monitor driver, but seeing this thread got me to thinking about the video adapter, and the free Everest software gave me the info quickly, and the ATI home page let me download the driver hassle-free, and....
it's like new!

Sure appreciate it :)

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April 2, 2005 at 07:26:20

First - Many thanks to each of you for your response. To not complicate the issue, I avoided mentioning that I also lost the audio with the hard drive/modem installation.I'm assuming that will fall in line if the main problem is corrected. Continueing with the current problem. Wise Words presentation parallels my situation exactly. Locating the video card and its ID is the current problem. Thru Everest I have checked in DISPLAY/windows video and come up with = Device description -(a)Std PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA) and (b)PCI/AGP Video -SIS 86C326
Under Motherboard/Chipset -Northbridge: VIA VT82C694X Apollo Pro 133A . Nothing specifically identified as video card. Any idea how it might be listed and under what category.

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April 2, 2005 at 08:10:35

PCI/AGP Video -SIS 86C326

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April 2, 2005 at 08:28:03

You will also find the Sound Card drivers under the same number.



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April 3, 2005 at 08:55:48

For a minute there I thought that I was seeing the light at the end of the tunneu, BUT-
Clicking on the web site provided to me by Stuart, I arrived at the SIS page with the SIS86C326 listing (citing sound driver). I followed all of the required steps and ended up with I thought would be the driver download. However I ended up with an instruction script that starts " plug adapter into one of the master PCI slots of your pc" etc. I got lost somewhere a half mile back. Where, what, how etc. is the necessary step or required procedure/

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