Old laptop renovation hobby. Windows 98 SE not full screen

November 8, 2020 at 18:56:59
Specs: Windows 98 SE, pentium II / 128 MB
Hi, all. First time here. I would like to ask how can i make my Win98 SE OS go full screen on my laptop. I have a Dell CPI D233ST
120 GB IDE SSD
128 MB RAM
32-bit
I try to slide the cursor under Display Properties -> Setting -> Screen Area, but it stays at 640x480 pixs. What did i do wrong during installation?

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#1
November 8, 2020 at 19:20:03
You likely need specific drivers for the video chip.

https://www.dell.com/community/Lapt...

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#2
November 8, 2020 at 19:36:07
I hit shortcut keys FN+F7 which filled the screen but now the Res is not clear.

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#3
November 8, 2020 at 19:40:37
Again, without specific drivers, Windows 9x will default to 640x480x16 colors. Any other method will likely prove fruitless. Search Dell's site for drivers specific to the machine and OS.

https://www.dell.com/support/home/e...

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#4
November 8, 2020 at 20:17:44
OK, thanks much. I see that my laptop has Neomagic 2160 through the Bios already....weird. Anyway, i'll try installing it again from the Dell site https://www.dell.com/support/home/e... The thing is that most of these drivers on Dell are for other Bios versions. The one currently in my laptop is A12. Will these have any negative effects if i install them?

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#5
November 8, 2020 at 20:19:02
Sorry. I replied with the FN + F7 key response before i saw that you had posted something already.

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#6
November 8, 2020 at 21:20:16
"The thing is that most of these drivers on Dell are for other Bios versions. The one currently in my laptop is A12. Will these have any negative effects if i install them?"

Unless there's some compelling reason to update a BIOS (i.e.---support for new hardware that you absolutely have to have), then don't do it. A corrupted BIOS installation can easily turn a machine into a doorstop.

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#7
November 8, 2020 at 23:48:30
Open 'device manager'. It'll show you what drivers you're lacking. Quite possibly you're missing others too.

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#8
November 9, 2020 at 01:23:01
I tried downloading that driver Neomagic but it is atrocious the way Win98 works. Jeeeesus. There's a notepad that opens after unzipping that driver file that says you have to download the driver on a floppy? The forum linked by T-R-A says that you can put it in a CD-R but even after i burned it the CD Win says that it didn't find any drivers..? Oh god. My head is exploding. Wouldn't Win98 SE come with those drivers already? I got a brand new sealed copy of the OS and yet it's missing it. I was trying to install the other drivers from the Dell site but the CD i had was scratched up so i'm gonna buy some new ones in ebay. For now I'm calling it a night. Thank you T-R-A for the help and Dave for the suggestions.

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#9
November 9, 2020 at 02:34:47
"Wouldn't Win98 SE come with those drivers already?"

Win98 was very good with driver-support, but not every driver was possible. If it came from Dell with Win98 (possibly Win2K or XP, if it's less than 20 years old), then there would have been a Dell reinstall CD....probably with everything you'd need.

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#10
November 9, 2020 at 09:31:05
This should be the drivers you need:

https://www.dell.com/support/home/e...

It unzips to a folder on your hard drive. An 'install.txt' file there tells you how to install it. You don't need to do it from a floppy.


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#11
November 9, 2020 at 11:58:50
The rest of the drivers can be found here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/e...

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#12
November 10, 2020 at 00:12:17
Yeah that's the site i've been to. Thanks all. I'll just go ahead and wait for the CD-R pack i ordered to get to me so i can transfer the drivers though it. One question though, the reinstallation CDs that you mentioned T-R-A...how would i know which one would work on my CPI ? Because all i see are XP reinstallation CDs instead of Win98 and none of them are associated with any laptop models?

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