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Cannot change screen resolution

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help' started by gothic preacher, Apr 23, 2006.

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  1. gothic preacher

    gothic preacher Techie7 New Member

    Problem: I cannot change my screen resolution, it wont change from the biggest setting and the lowest color scheme. Everything is really big. I dont even get the option to change to a higher resolution. I installed Ubuntu (linux) and this fixed the problem. but i went back to winXP and the resolution is like it was again. (i had this issue before with winXP, thats why i installed linux) i tried to install red hat (linux) to see if that would fix the problem and it didnt, red hat has the same issue. Huge icons, low screen resolution, low color. and now theres no sound. please help me.
  2. Tassie Devil

    Tassie Devil DAL Aussie Contingent

    Sounds like you need to reinstall your video card driver. Do you know what brand and model it is? You can download Everest from my signature, run it and look under computer summary for your video specs.
  3. gothic preacher

    gothic preacher Techie7 New Member

    just uses the built in video drivers, when i look at device manager my ethernet adapter is not installed for some stupid reason, no sound drivers work, nothing, its retarded. if i try to use the ipconfig command with any arguments or switches it just returns "windows ip configuration". i also tried to uninstall all the device drivers for the problems i have but that doesnt work either. im about the throw it out the window.

  4. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

  5. monde14

    monde14 Techie7 New Member

    can i post mine i have same problem too

    Computer System

    * Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    * Model: P4M266A-8235

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2)

    * Version: 5.1.2600
    * Build Number: 2600
    * Install Date: 08/04/2009
    * Install Directory: C:\WINDOWS
    * Locale: English (en) - United States (US)
    * DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)


    * Manufacturer:
    * Model: P4M266A-8235 (v )


    * Manufacturer: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    * Model: 6.00 PG
    * Release Date: 01/12/2004


    1. Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz (GenuineIntel)
    * Max clock speed: 2.39 GHz
    * Socket: Socket 478
    * Version: Model 3, Stepping 4


    * Total Current Physical Memory: 0.50 GB
    * Total Current Virtual Memory: 2.00 GB
    * Maximum Memory Capacity: 1.00 GB
    * Memory Devices:
    1. Type: SDRAM* - Speed: MHz - Capacity: 0.25 GB
    2. Type: SDRAM* - Speed: MHz - Capacity: 0.25 GB

    Video Devices

    1. NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
    * Resolution: 640 x 480
    * Colour Depth: 32 Bits
    * Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

    Sound Devices:

    1. Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA (R) Audio Controller

    Physical Disk Drives

    1. Maxtor 6Y040L0
    * Size: 38.16 GB
    * Number of Partitions: 2


    Logical Disks

    1. A:
    * Disk Type: 3 1/2 Inch Floppy Drive
    * File System:
    * Capacity: 0.00 GB
    * Free Space: 0.00 GB
    2. C:
    * Disk Type: Local Fixed Disk
    * File System: NTFS
    * Capacity: 19.07 GB
    * Free Space: 14.43 GB
    3. D:
    * Disk Type: Local Fixed Disk
    * File System: NTFS
    * Capacity: 19.08 GB
    * Free Space: 11.23 GB
    4. E:
    * Disk Type: CD-ROM Disc
    * File System:
    * Capacity: 0.00 GB
    * Free Space: 0.00 GB
    5. F: driver
    * Disk Type: CD-ROM Disc
    * File System: CDFS
    * Capacity: 0.30 GB
    * Free Space: 0.00 GB

    Page Files:

    1. C:\pagefile.sys
    * Initial Size: 0.75 GB
    * Current Size: 0.75 GB
    * Maximum Size: 1.50 GB
    * File System: NTFS

    Optical Drives

    1. HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8526B - E:
    2. ATAPI CD-ROM 52XMax - F:


    1. Microsoft Office Document Image Writer (port: Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port:)
    2. Canon PIXMA iP1000 (port: USB001)

    Network Adapters

    1. VIA PCI 10/100Mb Fast Ethernet Adapter - Packet Scheduler Miniport
    * IP Address: 119.94.XXX.XXX
    * Default Gateway:
    * Subnet Mask:
    * Primary DNS:

    Security Software

    * Anti-Virus
    1. PC Tools AntiVirus (PC Tools Research Pty Ltd)
    * Firewall

    * inferred from RAM speed
  6. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

    Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

    Select your model above.

    Remove your current NVIDIA driver via Add or Remove Programs under the Control Panel then install the latest driver for your model.
  7. townsbg

    townsbg Senior Member

    Before you can use your ethernet port in XP you have to install the drivers. If you post the information about your computer (make/model) and graphics card we can try to help you. Did you recently reinstall XP? Do you have a desktop or laptop? If it is a desktop do you have an ethernet card or is it built into your computer? Do you have any of the discs that should have come with your computer?

    If you port is built into the computer then you need chipset drivers and if it is a card the you need the drivers for that card.

    To avoid confusion, it is best to create your own help thread. :confused: Also you might not have exactly the same problem or solution. You might just have the same "symptoms". Does that make sense?
  8. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

    With a two year old thread it makes sense but rather than confusing the new user I simply posted the most likely fix.

    Reload the drivers.
  9. townsbg

    townsbg Senior Member

    Oh, I didn't notice how old this thread is.:hammer:
  10. aaronjms

    aaronjms Techie7 New Member

    I hope this helps. Sometimes the simple approach is the best. Open up the device manager and right click on the video driver and click update. Once the update is complete you should be able to adjust the resolution.
  11. Dan Penny

    Dan Penny Staff Techie7 Moderator


    09-04-2009 was the _last_ post in this thread. It's a little old......
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2010
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