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 PostPost subject: [URGENT]My widescreen monitor is displaying 640x480 in 4-bit        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:03 am 
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I just installed a NVIDIA driver from Microsoft Update(update.microsoft.com). When I restarted my computer the resolution is now 640x480, at 4-bit color, and no, I can't change it. My desktop now looks like Windows 98. What should I do to get it back to 32 bit color with 1650x 1080 resolution???


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:04 am 
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Roll back/ re-install your old driver.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:05 am 
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i didnt know microsoft even did 4 bit color on anything...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:05 am 
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roll back the driver

right click desktop - display - advanced tab - display adapter - properties

if memory serves me right, im OSX now


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:23 am 
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Thanks everyone, my screen resolution is now back to 1650x1080 8)
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i didnt know microsoft even did 4 bit color on anything...

Perhaps 4-bit color was for Windows before 95?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:25 am 
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4Bit Color = 16 Colors (VGA)

It was the default resolution on Windows 2000's VGA Driver and Earlier (2000,NT4,NT3.51,NT3.5,NT3.1)
Same for Windows/DOS (Me,98SE,98,95C,95B,95A,3.11FW,3.1FW,3.11,3.1,3.0...)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:44 am 
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Un-Install your Nvidia drivers using the uninstaller of Nvidia, reboot your PC and reinstall your drivers


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:59 am 
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You should download and install the latest NVIDIA drivers from their own website (http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx) to get the best driver for your card, Windows Update is not good for graphics drivers and if it gives you any at all tends to give you very old ones.

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I had something strange like that happen before - The update killed my monitor's DVI.
If what the other people told you doesn't work... Try changing the monitors connection (from dvi to vga)...

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Same thing happened to me, now I didn't really know what to do so I pulled out the card and am using the on board video (shudder)


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 PostPost subject: Re: [URGENT]My widescreen monitor is displaying 640x480 in 4-bit        Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:15 am 
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Thlump wrote:
I just installed a NVIDIA driver from Microsoft Update(update.microsoft.com). When I restarted my computer the resolution is now 640x480, at 4-bit color, and no, I can't change it. My desktop now looks like Windows 98. What should I do to get it back to 32 bit color with 1650x 1080 resolution???



If I am add on to what was said, as a Network Engineer I have see Windows Update offer Nvidia Drivers that were older than what was installed on a system, and upon reboot case a BSOD .... the only Video Drivers I install from MS are Intel Graphics Drivers .... ATI and Nvidia I get from the Manufacturer

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