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Speedstar 64 or Cirrus Display Problem

Posted on 1997-09-09
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Maybe someone can help me.
I built a friend a computer with new and existing parts, and we used his
existing video card, the exact type unknown. The card does say Speedstar
64, so i presume it is just that but Win 95 said it was a Cirrus
5429/30/34.
Anyway, i tried to download the most current drivers but the screen
fonts are all messed up (half-missing and garbled in Win 95) other than
that, it is fine. Please let me know what I can do to correct this,
Thanks!

-Randy
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Randy: Windows 95, during load in, often mis-identifies certain cards that are unable to identify themselves. In this case, since it appears that you have an older video card, that is what has occurred. The windows 95 cd rom has most of the early Diamond drivers you need for these early cards, however there are some that use a common driver. Here's some info and then I'll show you how to change it.
=================================
You can only use video modes 640 x 400 or 800 x 600 on a Diamond
Computer video adapter, use the following settings during Setup:
 
Card Name       SVGA Setting
---------                 -----------------------------
Diamond Viper
     1 MB                 VGA (Must use 320x400)
     2 MB                 VESA 1.2 (Requires VPRMODE version 2.04 or
                                    later; available from Diamond.
                                    800 x 600 resolution not supported,
                                    use 640 x 400 or VGA 320 x 400)
 
Diamond Stealth
     VRAM                 S3 86C911
     24                         S3 86C911
     PRO                    S3 86C911
 
Diamond Speed Star
     VGA                   TSENG 4000
     PLUS                 TSENG 4000
     24                        TSENG 4000
     24X                      Paradise SVGA
     PRO                    Cirrus Logic 542X
     VGA Hicolor     TSENG 4000
 
Diamond Turbo
     VGA                  TSENG 4000
===================================

You can change the driver in one of two ways, "A" by going to control panel, display settings and change click advanced properties and change the adapter and then use the drivers supplied on the windows 95 or windows 95 diskette, or "B:, you can go to Control Panel, System, Device Manager, click the "+" next to the display adapter to expand it, click on the adapter shown and click remove. Restart your system and let windows 95 find the new hardware. When it identifies the new hardware you can change it as required to the Speedstart/Diamond card or one of those listed above and windows 95 will ask for the windows 95 cd rom or diskette and load the appropriate driver. This should solve your problem. If you have additional problems resolving this, post your results either way and I'll walk you through the resolution process.
Best regards,
Dennis
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