Monitor Trouble

  padawan 08:41 24 Oct 2003
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XP pro, Ati radeon graphics card. The graphics card came installed when i bought the pc.The problem i am having is that when i restart my pc the settings go back to 8 bit colour and not 32 bit, the way i set and apply them. I did`nt have this problem until i changed to xp pro.
Its not a major problem, just a pain in the neck that each time i start up my pc, i have to spend 10 minutes messing around with the settings.
Can anyone help

  Never again 09:04 24 Oct 2003

Have you got any error messages or new hardware found messages when you restart, or even when you installed xp pro.

It might also be worth checking that you have complete and up to date drivers on the manufacturers website.

your Hardware could be trying to tell you it doesnt like 32bit colour try it a couple of times set to 16bit but this problem can have a variety of causes that will be tricky to pinpoint. Certainly make sure you have the latest drivers for all your hardware as previously advised.

  !STORMTROOPER! 15:53 24 Oct 2003

yes i have the latest drivers available. Also even when i set it for 16bit it still goes back to 8bit

  mdshamilton 16:05 24 Oct 2003

Might be a simple question: Have you unplugged the monitor at all? There are 2 sockets at the back of the PC, one is for the monitor to plug direct to the motherboard, the other is to plug the monitor into the graphics card. Is there a chance you might have plugged the monitor into the MB instead of the GC?

  !STORMTROOPER! 16:18 24 Oct 2003

No its plugged into the graphic card.

  Legolas 16:39 24 Oct 2003

Go into the devices and check to see if there is a yellow exclamation mark next to the entry for your graphics card is so reinstall the drivers.

  !STORMTROOPER! 16:44 24 Oct 2003

no yellow exclamation mark

  Gongoozler 16:51 24 Oct 2003

When the display reverts to 8-bit colour, it means either you have selected an incompatible resolution, pixel and refresh rate combination or something is loading at startup that is changing your graphics settings. Have you checked to see if you have any software that is incompatible with XP, or any spyware on your computer?

  Stuartli 17:59 24 Oct 2003

Your graphics card manual should list the various resolutions and refresh capability (85MHz is the best all round setting for 99 per cent of users) of which the card is capable - make sure you don't overstep your monitor's capabilities as well.

I use 32bit colour at 1024x768 at 85MHz with a GeForce2 400 32MB card and a four-year-old iiyama S702GT quite happily in XP.

  Gongoozler 07:18 25 Oct 2003

Stuartli, 85MHz is a just little bit faster than most monitors can manage as a refresh rate. I think you have a M too many!

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