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Hi,
I want to change the display settings on a new 2003 R2 server, which won't allow it.
Can someone point out where the security setting to enable this is?

Thanks,
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by:deltronic
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Hi,
Do you get a security warning? Or it just dont accept the changes?

Is the video card drivers up to date. Usually you dont have any security restriction on the display settings. But if you dont have the proper drivers installed or if your display is not configured as a Plug and Play Monitor you wont be able to change the display resolution if it a Default/Generic Monitor.


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by:prospatho
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Hi,
No security warning. Just wont allow any settings changes.
Color is set to 16 bit which does indicate wrong driver, but it's 64 bit ibm 3850, and wont accept any changes to the driver. The Drivers were installed from original 3850 installation disk.
Also on settings tab the 'advanced' button is inacative. (I've tried also updating driver from device manager).
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I think its the monitor type. It must be a Generic Monitor driver. Change it for a plug and play monitor. This should solve your issue.
How much memory is allocated to the video card in the bios? This could also limit you on the display resolution.
If not, what exactly is your model #. Example..Type: 8864-1TU

Dont confuse the 64bit system board with the video color dept. This setting will vary with the type of video card and memory available to the video card.
If you have Windows 2003 32bit version installed you need 32bit drivers. Your server is 64bit compatible but you dont need a 64bit OS to run on it.
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by:prospatho
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The monitor is one of our usual Dell monitors which we have on several other server.
i'll need to check the memory allocated i the BIOS, however I need to schedule a shutdown to do so.
The model is an 88633SM.
i'll let you know if it's the BIOS.
Dont think it's the monitor but I'll try a different one as well.

Thanks!
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by:deltronic
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Under the device manager, what is the Monitor Type? Not the video card but the Monitor.
This is the one probably giving you the problem. If the monitor is detected a generic one windows will not let you change the resolution because it thinks the monitor cant handle it.
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by:prospatho
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Hi Deltronic,

Apologies for the delay in getting back on this one.
There are 2 devices listed under monitors (both std device type):
Default monitor - (no driver files are required or have been loaded for this device)
Plug and Play - (no driver files are required or have been loaded for this device)
Are drivers needed even though it's saying ther're not?
Troubleshooting tool indicates that an Advnaced button is available to configure on the display settings tab, but it isn't.

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I manually change the Default monitor driver to plug and play. You might have several plug and play monitor available with resolutions. (Example Generic Plug and Play, SVGA 1024X768&..)Chose the one your monitor can handle. This should enable you to get the resolution you want.
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Any suggestions as to how to do this - Have tried to update the default monitor driver through the hardware update wizard but it can't find one, and without the advanced butoon availlable on the display properties settings tab, I am not sure how to proceed...?
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This should lead you in the right direction.

right clicking on "My Computer" and clicking "manage".  Click on "Device Manager"
find the appropriate monitor and right click on it and hit "Update Driver".
Skip the device detection process and hit "Next".
Choose "Install from a specific location" and hit next.
Choose "Don't search, I will choose the driver to install"
Uncheck Show compatible hardware.
you should  now be able to change your monitor driver.

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