Windows 3.1 SVGA or higher resolution

August 10, 2019 at 07:28:51
Specs: Windows 3.1
Hello,

we had to update the Mainboard of an PC, it was running Win 3.1 and we want to get anleast 800x600 Resolution back. We tried a view things with different DRV Files. But did not get it working.
The mainboard is a D945GCLF2:
https://www.intel.com/content/dam/s...

it would be awesome if you cold help me, my 74 year old neighbor will thankful to you


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#1
August 10, 2019 at 08:30:33
What type video chip is in the machine (the motherboard info doesn't mention anything). That's what you need to determine the correct driver to install. And remember, the video has to be changed through "Program Manager" ---> "Main" ---> "Windows Setup" menu (not through "Control Panel" like later versions of Windows). If you can't gain access to Windows, then drop back to C:\WINDOWS and run setup from there (see my response in below link):

https://www.computing.net/answers/w...

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#2
August 10, 2019 at 09:29:11
Yes i was using the windows setup, mostly from dos, there it is more easily accessible. As far as i understand it, it is an integrated graphics solution. I can get vga working but not more. I think there is no suport for such new devices.

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#3
August 10, 2019 at 09:58:06
" I can get vga working but not more. I think there is no suport for such new devices."

So did your neighbor have 800x600 running before or not? What was the update that was applied? And what is the reason for staying with Windows 3.1?

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#4
August 11, 2019 at 04:51:40
yes he used 800x600 but it was on a different Mainboard. we had to change it to this one. Because he wants to use his 3.1 and the software he uses in there, for the rest he uses linux.

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#5
August 11, 2019 at 10:16:05
"yes he used 800x600 but it was on a different Mainboard. we had to change it to this one. Because he wants to use his 3.1 and the software he uses in there...

That would explain the loss of the 800x600 resolution.

Not sure why this particular motherboard was chosen, since from the specs, that'd be bigtime overkill just to run Windows 3.1. An old 386/486/early Pentium would have been a better overall choice.

It's possible (but unlikely) that someone has developed drivers for the Intel 82945GC chipset that's on the board. Finding such will likely prove difficult, but you might want to try old generic SVGA.EXE driver. If nothing else it theoretically would do 640x480x256 colors should you wish to try. Located here (just under the "Video Drivers" section"

http://www.win31.de/edrivers.htm

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#6
August 12, 2019 at 00:09:21
Or you could try the driver here: https://bearwindows.zcm.com.au/win3... patched for VESA support.

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