Solved Why does Skype change computer color depth

July 6, 2014 at 17:08:07
Specs: Windows 7
When I am up and running, I click on the Skype icon and my color depth immediately goes from 32 bits to 8 bits. Skype said to unintall and reload their program. I did. They said my drivers needed updating. I updated my drivers. No change. After I load Skype, I can manually correct the numbers but that is getting old. Something must need fixing.

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#1
July 6, 2014 at 20:07:27
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How much video memory do you have and how much does Skype recommend? Increasing resolution or number of colors requires more video memory to be used. In modern machines that's usuallly not a problem as they've got gobs of video memory to work with. But in an older system increasing one may force windows to reduce the other. Maybe running Skype is forcing a video change that is affecting the number of colors windows can display.

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#2
July 7, 2014 at 01:24:08
Interpreting what DAVE just said, it is the number of pixels on the
screen multiplied by the color depth which determines the amount
of video memory required. So if something tries to increase the
number of pixels on the screen such that the number of pixels times
the color depth is greater than available video memory, the system
automatically reduces the color depth to compensate.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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