Solved How to increase to 16 color bit from 14 bit on W98 SE?

September 5, 2015 at 15:56:05
Specs: Windows 98SE
I want to increase from 14 color bit on Compaq Laptop, W98 SE, to 16 color bit, how can I do it?

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September 6, 2015 at 00:20:35
Right click an empty space on your desktop and select properties, go to settings tab. Select 16 bit choice there.

Ok, if the choice is not there then you need a more better video card or updated drivers for the one you got. Being a laptop this might not be possible so now you need to consult the manual for your laptop or specific laptop model forums to find out if it's possible and just what is possible.


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September 6, 2015 at 00:29:55
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I don't know that 14-bit is a video standard but anyway it's going to depend on the screen resolution, the amount of video memory and what the video adapter can provide.

16 bit color provides 2^16 colors but requires 16 bit (2 bytes) of video ram per pixel. A 640 x 480 screen has 307,200 pixels so it needs 614,400 bytes of ram or 600 K. An 800 x 600 screen has 480,000 pixels and needs close to a meg of ram. That's not much, at least by today's standards but note that not all video memory goes toward displaying colors. I'm just pointing that out to show that sometimes reducing resolution will allow more colors to be displayed.

If that old laptop shares video video memory with system ram you'll want that shared figure to be pretty high. You'll need to make sure you have the most updated 98 video drivers installed. That's the most you can do. If after doing all that you still can't get 16-bit, well, you're out of luck.

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September 6, 2015 at 06:01:34
I don't know what 14 bit is, but if you're seeing "16 color" (I doubt it says "bit"), it means the graphics drivers aren't installed. If you will post the exact model/model number of your laptop, one of us should be able to direct you to the proper drivers to download.

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