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Brett
11-26-2000, 10:51 PM
Got a Emergency rescue utility and decided to execute in case I needed to get the system back to the way it was etc. I wanted to run a game and got the message to change monitor settings to 265 colours. On arrival there is only one choise '16 colours'. I have a NvIdia 3400TNT Vid.out AGP card so I ran the install drivers etc again. NB: while running the install I sometimes get 'SUReg failed'. After countless reloading drivers and trying everything I finally get the 256 colour choice, select it and reboot. After rebooting I return to video settings and it still hasn't selected the 256 colour setting. Sometimes it reboots into safe mode so I go to the DOS prompt and reload the ERD (emergency Rescue Disk), run it, reboot and at least it boots normally. I know I am replacing the registry with perhaps incorrect settings. When I use dxdiag there is no monitor tab for me to test before and after loading Direct x 7.o from a magazine disk. If I were a qualified A+ techie (I am studying now) I wouldn't have any trouble at all!! I can't use my computer without it being set to 256 colours. Help!

Paleo Pete
11-27-2000, 07:21 AM
Don't know if it will work, but it might be worth a try...

Boot into Safe Mode and remove ALL video cards from Device Manager. Reboot and let Windows find and reinstall the card, see if you have better luck...

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Brett
11-29-2000, 08:07 PM
Your solution worked fine. Thanks heaps. Just one further question. Why boot to safe mode to remove adapters? Could you not remove them after a normal boot?

Paleo Pete
11-29-2000, 11:29 PM
Yes, you can remove them after a normal boot, but if you boot into Safe Mode you see ALL the devices installed on the machine, including previous ones that have been physically removed, but still could be causing trouble. In a normal boot, you only see the device currently in use.

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De R Man
11-29-2000, 11:49 PM
PETE. THAT IS THE BEST ADVICE FOR SOLVING THESE VIDEO PROB. SAFE MODE IS OFTEN OVER LOOKED AND NOT REALIZED FOR THE INFO AVAIL. THERE.

Paleo Pete
11-30-2000, 07:56 AM
That's why I always suggest that route when devices need to be removed and reinstalled. You see them all instead of just the one in use.

The [Caps Lock] key is the one on the left, just above [Shift]...makes it a bit easier to read... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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