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Few Colors

I have an older Dell Dimension 2400 P.C., w/ Windows XP, Service Pak 2.

For past 2 years, Outlook Express will not load stationery, Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3 will load only some pictures and colors of Web pages, and Firefox will not load Firefox themes. With all this going on, I would think something related to ?visual/graphics? may have been deleted or otherwise messed up.

I have no problem with full colors on web pages with Google Chrome, so I am thrilled, but I would like your help as how to fix the above problems.

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And You've Updated The Video Drivers??

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Driver Update?

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Thank you for your response.
After researching Microsoft, Intel, and Dell, I used the Dell site to look for updated driver to the Intel(R)82845G Graphics Controller. There were no newer drivers listed. Also there was info saying that support was no longer available. Again, thanks.

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Latest video driver at link.

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Fixed except for Outlook Express

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The good folks at gave me superb free service. I discovered that in Control Panel, under Accessibility, high contrast had been checked. Unchecked high contrast, and web pages now load w/ full colors, and Firefox changes themes again.

I plan to enter a separate ticket with for the Outlook Express problem. I highly recommend them.

Thanks to all here for your suggestions.

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Just wondering.

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Why did you check that item in the first place?

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Trying to Contact R Proffitt

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Hi R Proffitt,
I hope you can help me.
I am trying to clone a C drive on a 486 machine with 3.11 on it.
I have followed some threads from older posts and you seem to be the guy to help me.
There are a few things I do not understand.
In one post you state:

This old DOS based Windows doesn't need clone software. We can duplicate these without such using the command line tools.

-> Keep in mind that since you are deep in the old OS I may not think that you wouldn't know how to use xcopy, fdisk, format, etc!

After you setup the new hard disk in DOS all the way you wanted it, the copy of the C: drive to the new drive is drop dead simple. Here's the two most common XCOPY COMMANDS.

My example is a new C: with the old C: now at F:

XCOPY F:\*.* C:\ /R/I/C/H/K/E/Y/S


XCOPY F:\*.* C:\ /H/I/C/K/O/R/Y

Now tell me why I would ever use clone software when native tools do fine.


My questions are:

How do you format the new drive as a C drive?

How do you make the old C drive into an F drive? do you change the drive letters?

I have a working audio control unit that has a 486 running on 3.11.
My goal is to clone the drive so that if the existing drive ever fails
I can simply replace it with a clone and keep going.
The audio device works well and is very stable but is getting old so
any help would be very much welcome.
I need help as I have no experience one the workings of the old Windows systms.
Very Best Regards

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Bob usually show up around 8:00AM

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EST (Eastern Standard Time) in the US.

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Are you congakeystone ?

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If not, please start a new discussion as this discussion is not about cloning a Windows 3.11 drive. In closing, there are now easier ways to clone that old drive but what I wrote above will work fine and how to change drive letters is found on google and your OS (which was not listed.)

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