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display looks like safe mode but isnt

by howjef / March 12, 2008 3:23 PM PDT


Have win 98 se on an hp670c with a syncmaster 384mb of RAM file system 32 bit. 71% free system resources.
955df monitor nvidia geforce4 mx 420

Have not been on this computer in a while and needed to increase text size while checking email using firefox. Increased that thru view without a problem.

Then was trying to defrag . Wouldn't work so checked in cnet and went into safe mode and tried from there.
But wasn't willing to be patient so figured i would do that later.

Went to restart in normal mode.
Safe mode is no longer in corners. But desktop has the same mottled appearance. Tried to change the display properties, but as i hit enter or apply i can see it changing itself back to 16 colors and 640x 480.

And i dont know if it is related but the view online with mozilla firefox was working fine before this. . But even trying to set it back to normal size font or to decrease font size repeatedly does not help. The content just appears too big and to see the pages requires scrolling across.

Advanced stettings in properties says Color management sRGB Color Space Profiles.
It does not give any other options or choices.

Am not sure if I could have agreed to something I shouldn't have while trying to get into safe mode.

Under display properties WEb, it is set to View my active desktop asa web page. i did try to reset all there , but haven't noticed a difference.

If you need more information, please let me know.

Thank you for any assistance.
Dont' want to leave hubby's computer worse than i found it.

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I would...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 12:18 AM PDT

Find the video driver for this machine and install that.

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thamks bob and?
by howjef / March 13, 2008 1:19 AM PDT
In reply to: I would...

Would that be the case when things like cnet logo are clear and correct as is the win 98 logo page before the sign in? Browser text is clear but icons are a bit strange.

And do you mean the cd that came with nvidia or should i be looking somewhere else?

Really do appreciate your quick response and always seeming to be there when yet again somenthing "new" to me seems to happen.

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I can't know this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 1:36 AM PDT
In reply to: thamks bob and?

"Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem."

My answer has to be generic since the make, model of things is not shared in your post. I can only supply what I would do. As to which version of driver my preference is to the latest of the video driver and DirectX I can find for my machine. You may have a reason to use what came on the CD. Be sure to tell why if you think it matters.

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by Bob__B / March 13, 2008 1:33 AM PDT

I read this correct.
You started a defrag and then got antsy and killed it.....very bad.
When defrag abends wonderful things can happen.
Right now it appears the vid drivers have gone on walk-about.
Maybe use device manager and remove the vid adapter....reboot.
With a little luck windows will find new hardware and the proper drivers.
If no luck...then you get to start the driver hunt and maybe the uninstall old and then the install new.

If you did kill the defrag....consider yourself lucky if vid drivers are the only thing that comes up missing.

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Thanks Bob (both)
by howjef / March 13, 2008 2:32 AM PDT
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I thought that I had supplied all the information I had initially.
Only after a nights sleep did I see the rest.

I went into device manager. Took a few seconds because,I haven't beeninto win98 for a while.
Removed the iNvidia. rebooted the pc. when it restarted it asked to be rebooted again. did that.

picture is back to normal.
then said it found the monitor and wanted to reinstall that. Said ok, and all is right with the world.

Before I gave up on the defrag, I had had it on less than a minute, as I realized that I should not be doing anything else to let it work. But I consider myself properly chastized and will not do that again.

Thank you both.
It amazes me how long you both have been at this and your breadth of knowledge.


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