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Old 04-24-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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I loaded win98 onto itjust to format the drive and make it run but I cannot get the screen properties to adjust to anything but 2color or 16color and 680x????? I had the win98 system at the highest resolution available which is 1280x??? or something like it. Why isn't it working? I am flumoxed. help doesn't address this problem.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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Hi,

You need to identify your video card, either on-board or a seperate card. Take a peek inside the box at the card if it is an AGP or PCI Card (sticking into a slot on the mainboard), the main writing/sticker on the video card may be able to tell you the model name.

If it is on the motherboard, take a peek inside the box and look for the Motherboards model name/number located somewhere visible on it in large font.

With either model number in hand (of video card, or motherboard with on board video), visit the respective Manufacturers site, search for support (drivers) particular to that model, and you're set.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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saweet!
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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no luck. There is no video card, the motherboard only has some stickers with bar code and a lot of numbers. The system tells me the most up to date driver is insalled. It is a standard VGA driver. no sign of the video driver. It is a compaq if that helps.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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Go to the support site and download the drivers for your system. The standard VGA driver is NOT the proper driver for the system. It's the bare minimum that will work to bring up a display, and Windows uses it because it doesn't have a preloaded driver for whatever the display adapter is identifying itself as.

Compaq - Support for Presario notebooks and desktops.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Thank You for the link

A while later...
I went to the site, turns out I have an Evo D300V Microtower. I downloaded the software to a disc, set the disc to be compatible to win98, and the tower won't read it! It recognizes there is a CD but won't play it. It is a RW drive, or that is what I was told when I purchased the machine. I have since found out they are not reputable.

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Old 04-24-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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Have you tried running the software from your hard drive?
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:25 PM
 
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I'm not sure what that means. I am thinking it means having the hard drive read the disc?
I am using my laptop to download the software to disc and then trying to install it from the D: drive on the tower.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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Ah. Consider downloading to the tower directly if possible, OR use a USB key to transfer the software from your laptop to the tower. Good luck!
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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Yup. I screwed myself by changing something w/o understanding it fully and it doesn't see the 1gig memory stick/USB key. That may be win98. I'm thinking I might work on getting somekind of linux or someone to loan me their WIN2000pro which I have license for. I'd ask for a copy but I think the win98 doesn't read burned CD's. The system did have some problems reading them (burned CD's) with win2000pro as well which probably means it is the driveitself. but I digress... all this just to recycle and because I am reluctant to pay for new that is already obsolete before it gets on the shelf.
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