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Installing driver to allow changing the "screen area" in the Display Properties Settings

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I'm working on a Compaq Presario 5030 with windows 98 (not SE), Intel Pentium II processor - 300 MHz, and a 3D Rage LT Pro video adapter.  After replacing the hard drive, and restoring the system from the Compaq QuickRestore disk I was not able to change the "screen area" in the Display Properties Settings to anything higher than 640 x 480.  I found and installed the "Compaq Monitor Control Files" using Custom Restore from the QuickRestore disk, and was then able to change the screen area, but after two reboots, it again no longer allows me to change it.  Does someone know how I can make the driver installation permanent?
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Hello,
The issue isn't the Monitor file but rather the lack of a properly installed video driver.  Since you are in Win 98 here are the steps to follow.

First.. look for a cdrom that says something like ATI RAGE on it.  If you have that.. then you have a functional driver set.  Otherwise you get to download the drivers at:
The RageLT is part of the Rage Pro family
http://www.ati.com/support/drivers/winme/wme-rpro-4132655.html

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THE DRIVERS UNTIL YOU HAVE INSTALLED MICROSOFT DIRECT X Version 8.1 or higher!!!!   Use this link to get a version you can install when not online.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A6DEE0DB-DCCE-43EA-87BB-7C7E1FD1EAA2&displaylang=en

Once you have both files downloaded..
right click on the My-Computer and select Properties.  Pick the tab for Device Manager -  You'll see a list of things installed on your system.
find the one for Display adaptor.  Right click on anything listed and select REMOVE.   Click YES when it asks if you are sure.
Then Restart the computer.  The computer will come up and ask to install drivers.  Tell it NO.
Then run the direct X file.  Reboot.  Tell the computer NO again to install  drivers.  Then run the driver installation program from ATI.  
The drivers should be nice and install properly.  Reboot and you should be able to adjust your screen again to suit yourself.   Holler if you get stuck.

GOOD LUCK!  
Sandra
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