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Can't get more than 256 colors

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On my computer, I can't seem to get more than 256 colors for the screen.  I go to the desktop properties and settings and the only choices are 16 or 256.  When I click on the update driver button, it eventually comes back telling me that I already have the best driver in there.  I then tried something that had worked for me before on another computer, which is to remove the display driver and restart the computer, but it ends up just re-installing and having the same problem as before.

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Dave
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Luc Franken earned 50 total points
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Hi ascoredhat,

Try AIDA32 to identify the videocard you have => http://www.aida32.hu
then go to http://www.driverguide.com (loginname: drivers password: all) and search for a driver.

You can also try http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com if they have a new driver for you

Greetings,

LucF
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Also, have you tried lowering the resolution? some old cards with small memmory aren't able to give high colors at high resolutions.
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You are using the GENERIC Microsoft VGA drivers.  This is the "lowest common denominator" display driver.  You need to INSTALL the proper display driver for your display adapter.  But without knowing what display adapter you have or what OS you're using, it's impossible to be specific.
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by:IGneon10
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Adding to what jhance said, try using the SVGA Microsoft driver, the one that supports a resolution of 1024x768.
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in addition to the VGA driver, it is likely you will need the motherboard chipset drivers installed as well.   These are often critical for getting video to work in more than VGA mode.

you should be able to download them from your motherboard manufacturers site, or if you cannot find them please post your motherboard make/model or computer make/model and we can provide a link.
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Agree! use the aida tool (provided by LucF) and get the drivers (as suggested by jhance) still no improvement then AlbertaBeef suggestion is the way to go (particularly if you have a VIA Chipset)

Pete
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>and get the drivers (as suggested by jhance)
And LucF ;-)
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ascoredhat, any feedback please...
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oops, sorry LucF.  In the past when I've submitted questions I would get an e-mail when someone responded to it, but not this time.  I was checking to see if anyone had replied, and sure enough a bunch of times, but I never got the usual notification.  I'll have to look into that.  So sorry if I appeared ungrateful, because I do appreciate the time people take to submit a suggestion.  I will try the above suggestions and accept the appropriate one. Thanks!
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>sorry LucF
No problem... you might want to check your profile if your e-mailadress is still set the right way, so that you'll get e-mail notifications when someone posts a comment.

Let us know if something solves your problem, of if you still have difficulties.
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Oops.  Sorry. I forgot all about this one.  My boss had gone ahead and bought a new computer before I ever had the chance to see if any of the above solutions would work (just as well as the computer was so old it had a piece of paper inside it that said "Inspected by Barney Rubble").  So I just split all the points to those kind enough to respond.  Hope that's okay.
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ThanQ
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ThanQ
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