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Screen Resolution Problem

Right, bit of a complicated one here. One computer, three hard drives. One has Vista on it, the other two have XP. I want to use one of the XP drives but both have got problems with the screen resolution. Both have just had XP reloaded on them and both are stuck on 640 x 480, the slider just won't move. Other than that they seem to be running perfectly. The Vista one isn't running well at all, very slow, limited internet connection, updates constantly trying but failing to update, printer won't install... But the screen resolution is perfect with full adjustability. Both XP drives were working in the computers I took them out of, and it seems too much of a coincidence that they should both have the same thing go wrong while dormant. The motherboard seems unlikely as the Vista one doesn't have the screen resolution problem. Frankly, I've run out of ideas. Here's hoping someone on here can give me a pointer or two.

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Sounds correct.

Windows XP doesn't usually have drivers for the display card (GPU) or display. The same is true for most Windows about motherboard chipsets, WiFi and other computer parts.

I read your post twice and can't find where you finished the install with all the post Windows work.

Note: Edited for grammar.

Post was last edited on March 21, 2018 11:45 AM PDT

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Nearly there.

I'm not entirely sure by what you mean by post Windows work, I'm assuming you mean the installing of the service pack. The Wibows disc i have includes service pack 2 and I was using that because the disc that originally came with the computer is incomplete, there should be a second disc and there isn't. Now, thanks to you, I have found out that I needed that original disc to get the motherboard set up. I have installed as far as I can tell, everything that was on that disc except for the actual operating system and it seem to work, screen resolution problem solved.
Now I can't get it to connect to the internet. Well, I am connected, but no web pages will load except for MSN.

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Sorry no.

Post install work might include service packs but also drivers. Microsoft has NEVER done this for us.

ABOUT XP and the Internet. With the majority of the Internet using secure web pages (HTTPS vs HTTP) you should see little working today on XP. This is not a bug. It's a change that had to happen and Microsoft never updated XP to handle this. You might find other browsers that work but what came with XP? Dead.

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Was using Chrome

Was using Chrome before the other computer died with no problems before. I'll give that a go and let you know.

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Sorted.

Thanks very much for the pointers. I'm all up and running now.

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