HELP! I can only get 16-color mode!

Hello people;

I have a GF2-MX. The pc runs Win Me.

I have a strange problem:
My screen is in 640x480 mode and in 16-color mode.
The pc refuses to use any other mode.
When I try to swith to 800x600 & 16-bit, the pc asks to restart, and then restarts in 640x480 & 16-color.

The correct drivers are installed, for both the video card and the monitor.

Could this be a hardware problem? I can hardly imagine that.
Has anybody else had this problem?

I can tell you how it started.
This morning I started the pc and it wouldn't boot. After 3 times it did boot, and everything worked fine, but the screen was only in 640x480 & 16-color mode.

Or could this be a virus? Is there any virus which keeps you from using another screen mode?

Many thanks for any replies;
Carl
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  1. well, first of all, as soon as you get the time get that infectious waste (winme) off your computer. the only thing that comes to mind is maybe you have the refresh rate set too high? it should lower it when you change resolutions but it may not for some reason.

    my computer is so fast, it completes an endless loop in less than 4 seconds!
  2. a bit off topic, but...monitors have drivers?
  3. Win 98 se or Win 2k would do good. Get rid of "Windows ME wanta crash".

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  4. sortof, usually they dont do much but give it a name, and maybe help determin the refresh rates a monitor is capable, but low end monitors dont need drivers.

    my computer is so fast, it completes an endless loop in less than 4 seconds!
  5. It sounds like you don't have your chipset drivers installed properly.

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  6. WinME is better than Win98, especially if you own a nForce/nForce2 chipset based mobo. It's a nightmare to use Win98SE with a nForce/nForce2 mobo

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  7. winme is better than nothing. thats about it.

    my computer is so fast, it completes an endless loop in less than 4 seconds!
  8. I had this EXACT same problem but I can't remember how I fixed it; don't worry, crappy as WinME may be, that isn't the problem.
  9. Winme is of course better than nothing, and also better than Win98SE. It gives me lot less BSOD's than Win98SE.

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  10. how about we just agree to disagree.

    my computer is so fast, it completes an endless loop in less than 4 seconds!
  11. Thank you folks for all the replies,
    but I still can't find the cause.

    Hmmm... I'll check the BIOS and see if I can find something strange.
  12. Sounds like you may be booting into safe mode.

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  13. This is how you fix the problem.

    In Display Properties change the display adapter to Standard VGA Graphics adapter.

    Reboot to Safe Mode.

    In Device Manager delete any display adapters listed <b>except</b> the one you just installed, Standard VGA adapter.

    Reboot and start Windows normally.

    Windows may automatically load your nVidia drivers. If it does things might appear just the same as before, 640x480 by 16 colors but with one difference. This time you will be able to change the resolution and color depth.

    Alternately, Windows may start in VGA mode and you will manually have to reload your drivers. Again, you may get 640x480 by 16 colors but you will be able to change this.

    <b>99% is great, unless you are talking about system stability</b>
  14. I already told you the most likely cause, you just ignored me so you could listen to everyone else argue. Your motherboard came with a CD, the CD contained chipset drivers, reload them, then reload your video card drivers.

    <font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
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