One of my PC's, (Dell Dimension 3000), recently had problems saying a file was missing, so windows wouldn't start. So, i booted from the win XP pro disc, reinstalled it, etc etc. To cut a long story short, I've managed to recover and back up all my files on a portable HD, but my screen resolution is stuck at 640 by 480 pixels and 16bit colour. The screen resolution slider is still sort of highlighted, and lights up when i roll the cursor over it, but will not drag. The only way i can change the resolution is to go to: Display Properties>Settings>Advanced>Adapter>List All Modes. Here i can select 1024 by 768 (amongst others) but they are all in 8bit which is useless! The only one in 16 is the 640 by 480.
I think this is because of the driver if i am not mistaken? I think its using something called VgaSave at the moment. So i downloaded the monitors driver from dell, but i can't install it! It tells me to go to: DisplayProperties>Settings>Advanced>Monitor and then under Monitor type, click Properties. How ever, the properties button is sort of faded out, so that you can't click it. (I think you know what i mean by faded out aha, that un-clickable un-highlighted sort of thing!).
So i hope you can help me fix this! I've never learnt anything about computers lesson wise and taught myself what i know. As you can see i can just about fix a computer when it crashes like i have done, but my technical and terminology knowledge isn't to great, so this is just confusing me!
Thanks again! Christian.