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Grandsons computer... HP pavilion, came with win98. Don't know any more about it.

Royally screwed up, he did not have firewall or antivirus.

Computer so messed up, couldn't get on internet, kept locking up, running very slow for over a month.

Decided to use the HP restore disk and that reformatted and reinstalled win98 and other software that came with the hp computer.

Everything worked fine except... monitor, which was fully functional before the reinstall, now has only 2 color & 15 color, and ONLY 640 by 480 resolution.

He is not on internet now and is waiting for DSL modem to be mailed to him so internet is not available to him at this point.

Tried to get windows to search for better monitor drivers, but could not improve the monitor resolution, still 640 x 480.

Monitor is AOC Spectrum 7F. Don't understand why monitor worked in all settings before and now after reinstall, not working properly.

ANY suggestions on how to change the resolution to higher numbers before he gets back online?

After getting online again, he WILL have AVG and Zone Alarm, Spybot and Ad-Aware!

Thanks

Ben

p.s.
With HP having OEM windows 98, can he buy the XP home upgrade and install it in the HP pavilion, without having any problems?

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It could be this simple. Install the video card drivers. You may find them on some CD that came with the machine or from hp.com

As to XP. I'd not do this because you need to research hp.com and see if HP notes if the machine will run XP. Some don't.

Bob

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Thanks Bob,

Will get grandson (in another town) to check for the video card drivers.

I was afraid that the XP upgrade might be a problem, how can a business stay in business if the screw the customer over and over? (personally, I have a small independent local company build me generic computers when I upgrade, no major problems in over 10 years)

Ben

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I don't understand why you feel slighted. Microsoft doesn't supply current drivers. That's up to the card makers or if onboard, the maker of the machine.

Microsoft does the OS, not the video card driver.

Bob

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"I don't understand why you feel slighted "

I understood your previous reply to say that the HP would NOT accept installing XP home upgrade???


Also wonder why if monitor was working properly before reformat, why it didn't pick up the monitor properly. This is all same equipment that came with computer.

Ben

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Again, the format wipes out what drivers someone installed. The OS in question does not fetch drivers for us or detect most of today's cards, displays and more.

But what has changed are the expectations of today's ownwers. We all wish that such drivers would just come with the machine, the OS CD or just work with us doing the work.

I'd love to help you out, but it seems we have to work through the your ire first.

Best of luck,

Bob

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