|"Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family" indicates specific video drivers have been installed for your video adapter - that's good. If that said Unknown or similar, then Windows will be set to Default Monitor, or Unknown Monitor or similar. |
"Default Monitor" indicates your specific video drivers weren't able to determine the type of your montor.
That can happen
- if the monitor is not powered on for at least a few seconds BEFORE you booted the computer, the video drivers may not be able to detect the monitor correctly, and if they don't, they set Windows to Default Monitor. In that case, when you re-start the computer, usually the specific video drivers DO find the monitor type properly and it's automatically set in Windows to at least Plug and Play Monitor.
You simply power on your monitor for at least a few seconds BEFORE you boot the computer to avoid that problem.
When Default Monitor is there, you have limited resolutions and numbers of colors you can select from - you can't select 1440 X 900, and the graphics look coarse.
When Plug and Play Monitor, or better still, Viewsonic something, is there, you have more resolution and numbers of colors choices, so you CAN select 1440 X 900 and even the default graphics are not as coarse looking.
- OR - sometimes when you initially load video drivers for your video, or after you load updated drivers for the video, after you reboot after having installed the specific video drivers, the video drivers may not find the monitor type properly, and if they don't, they set Windows to Default Monitor, OR there is no video (blackness) after Windows has started to load.
To cure the second problem, or in any case I recommend this for LCD monitors because you can choose settings in Plug and Play Monitor mode that can DAMAGE an LCD monitor, load the specific drivers for your monitor if they're available (el-cheapo monitors don't have them - better quality ones do).
If you get no video once Windows starts to load, boot the computer into Enable VGA mode.
Remove any bootable CDs or DVDs you have in drives.
Press F8 repeatedly while booting, don't hold down the key, and when the boot choices menu appears, choose Enable VGA mode.
If you got a CD with your monitor, the specific drivers are probably on that. When you use that CD, there may be a selection that installs the drivers. If you can't find that, they still may be on the CD in one folder or another - see below for how to install them in that case.
In this case, Viewsonic has a download you can get and install that makes available all the XP drivers for their current monitors.
This is the download link - download it and install it:
Go to Control Panel - Display Properties - Settings - Advanced - Monitor - Properties - Driver - Update Driver - No, not at this time, Next - Install from a list...., Next - Don't search.., Next
If you have the CD that came with the monitor and have installed the drivers, or if you installed the Viewsonic drivers download, if the monitor doesn't show up as Viewsonic something, click on the box beside
Show compatible hardware
to remove the checkmark, then scroll down the list to the Viewsonic listings and select your monitor model.
If you have NOT installed the monitor drivers from the CD that came with the monitor yet, or if you did not install the Viewsonic download,
- if you have the CD that came with the monitor, insert it a drive
Click on Have Disk, and go to where the CD is - Windows is looking for an *.inf file - you may need to look in a folder on the CD to find it. When Windows find it, click on it to highlight it, and load it - if there is a list of monitor models, select your model from the list.
- if you don't have the CD that came with the monitor, select Plug and Play monitor if it isn't already selected.
To set your video so video motion looks the best...
Control Panel - Display Properties - Settings - Advanced - Monitor.
Set the Hz to 75Hz if it's not already set to that in any case, or to Optimal ONLY if you have loaded the Viewsonic drivers for your model.
That's the maximum this monitor model can be set to without damaging it.
( VG1930wm monitor
Found this on the web:
Frequency Fh: 24~82kHz, Fv: 50~75Hz
Optimum Resolution 1440x900 )
DO NOT remove the checkmark beside Hide modes this monitor cannot display - if you DO, you can then choose display settings that can DAMAGE your LCD monitor!