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windows xp is stuck in classic mode

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July 29, 2002 1:41:52 AM

I downloaded via 4 in 1 drivers but there where not for my motherboard (soyo dragon +) they where for a solteck board but they where newer than the ones i had. when i restarted my computer the color went from 32 bit to 4 bit windows gave me an error saying that my color resolution was very low and it would adjust for best poformance. I deleted drivers and install the ones i had before the color is at 32 bits but windows theme is in classic mode when i tried to go back to xp mode using apearence tab the only option there was classic mode. I did reseat graphics card and reinstall the drivers but still the same problem.
Is there any way to fix this.

Athlon xp 1700
soyo dragon +
visiontek g4 4200
256 megs
maxtor 80gigs 7200 rmp
windows xp home.
Thank You.
July 29, 2002 2:35:55 AM

Do you have System Restore enabled? You might be able to set the computer back to a previous date before the chipset drivers were installed.

You could also try rolling back the chipset drivers in the Device Manager, or installing another version of the <A HREF="http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2" target="_new">VIA 4n1 drivers</A>, and then reinstalling the video card.

Is AGP texturing enabled in the DirectX diagnostic utility? (DXDIAG.EXE) Try <i>disabling</i> DirectDraw Acceleration and Direct3D Acceleration. Then re-enable them, and re-enable AGP texturing.

I would have to assume that the video card appears to be disabled in the Device Manager; would that be correct? Sometimes removing a card from the Device Manager and allowing Window to redetect the device is the answer, and it may take more than one try. But I would see if this works after first rolling back or installing the correct chipset drivers.

It may be necessary, if all else fails, to <A HREF="http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm" target="_new">repair</A> the operating system and reinstall the drivers.

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July 29, 2002 4:28:28 AM

How do you repair the os please explain.

Thank You for your help.
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July 29, 2002 12:28:41 PM

"How do you repair the os please explain"

1. Find the biggest hammer you have.
2. Beat the living heck out of the XP cdrom.
3. Call msft customer support.
4. Cuss, nonstop, for at least 10 minutes. (note: a marine can help you do this part)
5. Install Linux.




Other than that, I'd just tell you to reinstall the os. Playing mickey mouse with 'system restore' is, quite possibly, the largest waste of time in your entire life...
July 29, 2002 1:24:17 PM

You must have missed the link in the last post.

<A HREF="http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm" target="_new">Repair XP</A>

Toejam31

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<font color=red>Second Rig:</font color=red> <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?rigid=15942" target="_new"><font color=green>Toey's Dynamite DDR Duron</font color=green></A>
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