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Display appearance problem

I need help with something that is really foxing me.
For some reason when I chose the appearance tab in display properties and click on Apply after I've changed the colours, icon size or font/size or anything you can change there ... display properties stops responding and I can't even click on OK. So I have to use the Ctrl+Alt+Del to close it down.
I've downloaded updated drivers; re-installed 98se and absolutely nothing works ... I do not want to format, I've not had chance to do a backup and don't want to lose anything I have downloaded in the way of Free programs.
I'd be grateful for any idea that works that I haven't tried. I have tried changing through Safe Mode but you can't get the colours to be just how you want also my mouse is USB. I live in the UK.

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Two things (mayby)

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Do you have the display properties set to "Apply without restarting"?. If so, try requiring a restart. As well as video card drivers it sometimes helps if your monitor is recognized exactly by manufacturer and model. Generic Plug and Play does not always work. If you cannot find the exact monitor driver (it just describes it's capabilities) try to get as close as possible.

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Re: Two things (mayby)

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Steve, everything has been tried, and I MEAN everything so it's driving me mad not being able to sort it out.
Usually I can sort it out as I've been working with computers on and off for over 20 yrs. My monitor is an AT&T 14" low radition model. The video chip is SIS 630/730 and what you are suggesting would have no affect on what I want to do. I am running 98SE, I right click on the desktop b/ground; select properties; click the appearance Tab, go to change FONT; ICON size; display scheme and after choosing the items and change them to what I want, the computer doesn't respond and change.
The only way to change is to go to Safe mode and plug a PS 2 mouse in and as I'm disabled which makes getting to the back of my computer is very awkward as I cannot get down to floor level. Please read throught the request for help properly and you will noticed everything I mentioned in this post was in the first.
Sorry to get a bit abrupt with you but I did state my problem in my post and to me, you obviously didn't read it through correctly.

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No fix here.

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Since it's your machine to fix and there is not enough detail (and never will be!) I have to supply this article.

To recap what that article is saying is that either an .CPL file is corrupt or some driver is not correct for your system.

Let's take that note you wrote about "reinstall windows". I've yet to meet more than a few people that know that installing Windows 98se "OVER THE TOP" of an existing install requires us to also install motherboard support drivers and more.

I can not help you do this. Also, leave all ire and spit for those that deserve it. The supplier of your machine should have left you notes on how to install the OS proper.


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Hey Bob,
I didn't mean to snap but when I say I have re-installed windows ... I did the lot, drivers, everything. In the end I re-formatted and did a clean install because of another problem and it is still happening. It let me change the appearance of the desktop twice and that was it ... what is wrong? Any ideas?

I'm quick to anger when someone says the obvious and it's not the obvious I'm asking for help with. We find that retailers here in the UK are about as helpful as a freezer in the middle of the Artic ... it's a case of struggle on, suppliers won't help if the machine is like mine ... using an OS that M/Soft don't do support for. It is like being out in the cyber wilderness over here ... you are very lucky if you can find a reliable techie within 15 to 20 miles ... haven't got wheels to get there.

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obvious tried, now try unobvious..

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your profile didn't list PC or mobo, processor, ram.
If video uses some of ram, and ram may be not 100%, then dear Gwenivere, video may not be 100%.
If AMD K6-2, I have run into these that are slightly bad but it doesn't show as such on my tests I have, just in glitchy running and finally corrupted data.
Some ZoneAlarm versions are known to mess with you.
Why did you change the appearance twice? Because it had changed when you did something, add something?
I sometimes put in a 4mb PCi video card just to get around onboard chip and see if it might be glitchy.
I get them for $12 local-used.
S. Holmes uses this deductive reasoning, as long as you're not in Brighton!

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My pc is home build

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to a majority but the board is sis based but not sure, cpu is AMD Duron and the ram 512Mb.
It's nothing to do with the video, which is SIS intergrated using 16Mb of main memory.
It is definitely the appearance settings that just won't respond ... even after running all the latest updates. I've not added anything to my board etc; lately ... not since the USB card nearly a year ago and all the display problems happened months after all that. All I want to do is change the size of my fonts and icons on the desktop but as soon as I get everything as I want it and click the apply button, the PC just stops responding ... and I've waited a good 30 minutes a couple of times ... so I use Ctrl+Alt+Del to get out of it. There are no corrupt files so what the dickens is doing all this?

No, not in Brighton but along the South Coast to the west of ...

Whitesnake Lady

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"what the (Charles) dickens..." too much BBC...

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have your video drivers where you can browse to, remove the SiS display adaptor in Device Manager, reboot. PC will either auto load drivers or ask you for them. Updating drivers on top of corrupt drivers won't work. Sometimes Hasty Pudding knocks out or corrupts drivers for no apparrent reason, or some hdwr add, or sftware add, or because of unrest in Kennsington. Don't know what else except my mention of bad ram being shared.

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last re-install

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was clean install as were the updated drivers and as I have the latest ... I check at least every 6 to 8 weeks ... but if it was the SiS display adaptor, then [a]I get no display and I don't get asked to load new or updated drivers ... just asks for the 98se disc and the system board disc. I even adjusted the amount of ram given to graphics down to bare min ... double check the memory was seated properly ... it is. It's not faulty as a friend who builds PC's checked it out on a test board rigged for checking ram. Even he is stumpted. He double checked my system for me at lunch-time and said it's all A-OK ... so what now? That is the really annoying thing wrong with it.
Are you in the UK? Not many know what the dickens means unless English ... LOLs


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if the video card is actually identified correctly. Have you tried running an online free scan that will identify by model name and number all your hardware?

Once you have the scan done, you can print it out for handy future refernce.


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Yes Toni H

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... did that when the problem first arose. I did have another problem that was getting to me a bit and I cured that accidently when AVG Free crashed this afternoon and I had to completely uninstall it. After the reinstall I noticed my other problem had vanished so when I go offline later tonight I'll check if I can can the desktop appearance at all, using the appearance Tab in the display properties of 98SE. As you can gather, IT IS NOT anything to do with the video graphics setting as I have been trying to work out what was up for months.
I'll let you know how it goes.


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