installed windows 2000 can't change resolution computer doesn't detect display adapter

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Hi Everyone!  PLEASE HELP THE HOPELESSLY COMPUTER ILLITERATE! I INSTALLED WINDOWS 2000 ON A COMPUTER THAT A FRIEND GAVE ME,and when the install was done, i went to change the resolution, and it said VGA safe default, and it wouldn't let me change anything. Someone advised me to go to display adapters to have the computer find my video card and it said no devices found. I know there is a video card in this thing that works, because it was working fine when it ran on windows 98. I am truly a computer idiot, so please be very gentle with the answers.  THANK YOU to anyone that can help me.
Question by:jenniekiefer
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    Accepted Solution

    You do not have the proper drivers for the video card installed.  You will need to either get the CD that came with the card, or you will need to go to the web site of the card manufacturer and get the proper driver for that particular model of card and Windows 2000, and install it.

    By the way, I would not have installed 2000.  XP is a much better operating system, and being years later, MIGHT have also had a built-in driver for this video card.
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    Assisted Solution

    You did not mention what type of computer you have. An exact model number would help in deciding what model video card you have. Also, is it a separate card or is it built-in on the motherboard? Watzman is right, you need to download a video driver from tha manufacturer's web site. That's where it will be helpful to know the exact model number.
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    Assisted Solution

    You can install Everest and follow the link it gives in the summary section for the video card driver:

    Since there are only two major manufacturers now, it is highly likely that it will be ATI or nVidia.
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