Changing Display Settings

I can not get my display settings to change to the 640x480 High Color (16bit) setting.  I need this setting to run a couple of the computer games like Deer Hunter.  Once in awhile if I open something like an attachment to a card, joke etc from the internet, I can get the setting.....but for the most part it won't change for me.  When I do change it, it gives me three small graphics of the game etc...  Any help?
Kathryn34Asked:
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MrbreezeCommented:
Kathryn,
I would suggest you reinstall your video drivers. The settings are handled by the adapter and its drivers. Check the web site and see if there are any new ones.
                         Mrbreeze
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techpageCommented:
what display setting are you using rite now ?? is it worse or better than 640x460x16 ???
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techpageCommented:
what display setting are you using rite now ?? is it worse or better than 640x460x16 ???
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IthurielCommented:
could it be possibly that you are using a display setting with resolution less than 640 x 480, and colors less than 16?
well I am mystified, try these:
- go to the "my computer" icon, and then right click the icon.
- click the "device manager" tab
- click the "monitor" category
- double click on the item shown after your monitor category is expanded
- click on the "driver" tab
- choose "change driver file" or something like that
- there, you will be prompted to change your driver file

just put in your driver file diskette or cd rom or anything with the required driver file supported by the OS to run with your monitor.

that should do it
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IthurielCommented:
sorry, I misread your posting, you mean 16 bit color, anyway, try the steps I put.  it should work.
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eal4Commented:
Kathryn, what do you have for a video card? What OS are you running? Is your computer generic or a brand name? Unless you have a specific driver for your monitor, don't try to change that driver. Some video cards just don't support 16bit color. Tell us what you have by going to Start; Settings; Control Panel; System; Device Manager; and click on video and then properties.
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Kathryn34Author Commented:
The computer I have is a Packard Bell.  I have a ES1869 Plug and Play Audio Drive.  I am currently running in 800x600 High Color (16 bit) and it works good with this setting, but I need the 640x480 setting to run games.  Still can't get it to work!
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eal4Commented:
Your audio drive doesn't control video. Try this, go to Start; Settings; Control panel; Display; change only the the Color Palette under the Settings Tab, to read 256 colors. Click OK and if you are given the chioce, apply settings without restarting the computer. If the colors change with out a problem, repeat the steps and change the resolution to 640x480 the same way. try it and let us know what happens.
Ed
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techpageCommented:
eal4... do you think it has something to do with the monitor ??? sometimes if the monitor is unknown or standard plug and play monitor, it won't let us change resolution properly...
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Kathryn34Author Commented:
Adjusted points to 150
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Kathryn34Author Commented:
eal4  I tried what you suggested...the color changed, no problem...however the setting didn't!  It still brings up 3 smaller versions of the screen!
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Kathryn34Author Commented:
Just wanted to add add'l comments not sure if will help.  I just was looking in control panel and looked under an icon called " Quick Time for Windows" not sure what that is, but it said under settings there : Video - SVGA, Thousands of Colors, 800x600 Resolution.  Not sure if this helps at all, but I am just trying to give you as much information as I can!  
OS : Windows 95 (windows 3.7) build 1998   (I thought I had Windows 98, so not sure what that means either..*smiles*)
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eal4Commented:
Techpage, The Packard Bell system would have a matched monitor, unless the monitor has been changed. Kathryn34, Quicktime is a small App used by various programs that may have some video in them. When you changed the size settings, was it from Control Panel or the game panel. So far, I think you have a video card problem that will only be corrected by having it replaced. But, before you do that, try running an anti virus program, then run Scandisk and Defrag. Check for any errors when you run these. Also double check your Temp directories and empty them. Do you have the original software that came with the system? Usually there is a recover CD that may have to be used. Thanks for the smiles. ed
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eal4Commented:
Did a little more research today. Go to Control Panel; Device Manager; and look at the monitor and video drivers. Determine which driver version you have if possible. Then go to the Packard Bell web site and look for an updated video driver. Download and install the new driver. This is simalar to what Ithuriel suggested but different. Be sure to download the driver that is compatable with your version of Windows.
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Kathryn34Author Commented:
THANK YOU .......THANK YOU!!!!
I went to Packard Bell and download an update that was for PB monitors....and it worked....*SMILES*  Thanks alot for the advice!!
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eal4Commented:
You are most welcome. Ed
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