Unable to get more than 16 bit color

Microsoft Windows 98 se (full product)
April 29, 2010 at 05:25:18
Specs: Windows 98 SE (Full Product)
Purchased a computer - Used that had 32bi 1024x760? graphics capability. Have a few older Win 98 Programs that needed a higher resolution than the 600x---. Had XP Home on it. Reformated and placed 98. Now stuck with a 16 bit color capability and no 32 available.

Am I doing something wrong on this?


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#1
April 29, 2010 at 05:55:01
Did you install the Windows 98 graphic drivers?

Having said that, the difference between 16 bit and 32 bit colours is hardly noticeable. The only time you will notice if you are doing high quality photographic work.

Stuart


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#2
April 29, 2010 at 06:17:55
I believe I have (reg full install disc). The major diff is the # of colors support. Being stuck at 16 makes the program still unusable.

However, that being said, I will do a search on the net for graphics drives for 98 as well as the installed on-board video.

Need to install everest to double-check same. And if successful or not, will post back here on what where etc..

Thank! btw


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#3
April 29, 2010 at 06:30:59
"I believe I have (reg full install disc)"

You have to realize that a Win98 disc only contains drivers from circa 1998. If your hardware is newer than that, only basic generic drivers will be loaded, which is why you only have 16 colors avalable (not 16-bit color).

You should have identified your hardware before removing XP...all you would have had to do was look at device manager.


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#4
April 29, 2010 at 06:32:31
You must install the "video card driver" before you can use the video card properly. It will not come on the Windows 98 CD, you will need to identify what video card you are using, go to the company's website and download the correct driver. You need to do this for everything, ie. chipset, audio, video, etc. before things will work correctly.

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#5
April 29, 2010 at 07:23:48
Yes, there's a point. Its 16 colours, not 16 bit. There is no Windows application that I have ever come across that insists on 32 bit colour as the difference between 16 bit and 32 bit is negligible.

16 bit gives you 65,536 colours

32 bits is in the millions but in reality is only 24 bits. (8x8x8) + 8 for other uses.

Stuart


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#6
April 29, 2010 at 18:25:15
Fixed!

Easier than I thought. I knew the card and monitor supported higher graphic, but (brain-fart) couldn't figure out how.

1. Change the Adaptor to SVGA !!!
2. Set the graphics to 256 colors
3. Change the resolution to ???x???

Worked well.

Thanks everyone for the support as well as suggestions!

Larry


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#7
April 29, 2010 at 18:43:26
does this mean you are now running at 256 colors?

larry


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#8
April 29, 2010 at 19:52:00
does this mean you are now running at 256 colors?

Which is 8 bit!

Stuart


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#9
April 29, 2010 at 19:52:10
Yep.... 256 colors and resolution is either 800x600 or 1024x768 (both work).


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#10
April 29, 2010 at 19:57:05
correction to my last post.

I am running at 256 colors and have access to hi-16 bit. The 256 do allow the 800x and 1024x settings.

LarryL


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