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CAN'T CHANGE SCREEN RESOLUTION

Posted on 2009-04-13
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I have an XP system with two monitors.  I have been running the CRT and LCD displays just fine on my gforce 6700 GS card running Nvidia drivers.  I had one screen at 1024x768, and the second screen (dual view) at 1400 x 1200.  And  I could slide windows from 1 screen to the other.  Then I did a dreadful thing:  I upgraded my Nvidia drivers.  Now both screens are stuck at 1024x768.  The options are there to increase them, but after I increase them and apply, it blinks and stays the same.  I tried installing the old drivers (foolishly, no restore point), no good.  I tried upgrading again.  No good.  How do I get back my ability to adjust the screen res?
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by:thomaslberg
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You are going to have to uninstall all the Nvidia software then download and install just the drivers. You will then use the built in Windows Screen settings app.

You can also clean the Driver Cache to make sure it is not reloading the drivers that are causing the issue...

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_23038962.html
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by:LEECHIPTURNER
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When I go into Add/Remove Programs, it lists NVIDIA Drivers, but not NVIDIA software separately.   How do you get rid of the software without getting rid of the drivers?
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thomaslberg earned 1000 total points
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Do both. Just make sure you have downloaded just the drivers from Nvidia first. Uninstall the software and then clean the cache as above then, You will reboot in to VGA mode and depending on the card you may even get to 1024x768. Then install the drivers you downloaded.
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by:LEECHIPTURNER
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ok, how do you install the drivers WITHOUT installing the software?
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by:thomaslberg
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Do you it through the Hardware wizard. Find it on you computer or from Windows update.
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by:LEECHIPTURNER
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I appreciate the replies, but perhaps this is the wrong forum.  This is not helping me.  By uninstalling, re-installing, updating drivers, etc., all I have accomplished is lock my 1 display at 1400, and my second display won't display anything.

I'd like to close this question please.
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by:LEECHIPTURNER
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None of the comments solved my problem, but I have to resolve this question before I can ask more; since I am unsure how to get this question closed, I will accept this answer.
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