From the CD-ROM

Tips for the User

Note to Educators

Online Registration

Order Information

Other Related Sites

Technical Support

Return Home

Excavating Occaneechi Town

Archaeology of an Eighteenth-Century Indian Village in North Carolina

Edited by R. P. Stephen Davis Jr., Patrick C. Livingood, H. Trawick Ward, and Vincas P. Steponaitis

Copyright © 1998 by the University of North Carolina Press. All rights reserved. ISBN 0-8078-6503-6 (cd-rom & booklet).


Section 3: Changing Windows Graphics Modes

3. Changing Windows Graphics Modes
3.1 Changing Graphics Modes under Windows 3.1
3.2 Changing Graphics Modes under Windows 95

3. Changing Windows Graphics Modes

We wish that these instructions and guidelines could be simpler, but unfortunately the variety of graphics cards and drivers that exist make this process rather vague for most users. If you are running Windows 95, the process has been standardized. If you are running Windows 3.1, we can only give you some suggestions on what to check.

For both Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, we highly recommend writing down exactly what you are changing. Write down the original settings and the new settings in case you must backtrack.

3.1 Changing Graphics Modes under Windows 3.1

There are several places where it may be possible for you to change your graphics mode. First, minimize all windows including Program Manager to see if a graphics utility program is running. Examples of this would be a Matrox or Diamond graphics utility. If you have one, you can probably click on its icon and follow the instructions in your software manual to make the changes you need.

If you don't have that kind of utility running (most people don't), you may have a similar utility located somewhere else. First you need to open up your Control Panel. This can be found by looking in the Main folder of your Program Manager, or it can be run by clicking on File | Run in Program Manager and typing c:\windows\control.exe if your hard disk with Windows is drive C. Once the Control Panel window is open, check to see if there are any graphics utilities, such as XGA Setup.

If you haven't found anything yet (again, most people fall into this category), you need to run Windows Setup. This can be found in your Main folder in Program Manager or it can be launched by typing c:\windows\setup.exe if Windows is located in c:\windows. Choose Options | Change System Settings... Now you should write down the entry in the Display category. Then click on the box that lists your driver and try to select a driver that fits your graphics card, video mode, and color mode. If none seem to fit, try running the VGA driver that comes with Windows, which will work suitably with this application. You may need to access drivers on a disk that came with your graphics card or are located somewhere else on the hard disk by selecting "Other Display" at the bottom of the list. Consult your video card company and documentation to help you with this step. Once you have selected a mode, hit the OK button, select Options | Exit, and reboot your computer.

Hopefully, the graphics will work great and it will be exactly what you want. Sometimes, it may take a few tries to get the correct option. At worst, you may select a mode that your card cannot support or a graphics driver that is incompatible with your card. This may cause Windows to crash or make the display unreadable. Since you can't really "see" anything it becomes difficult to change the resolution back. So here is how to recover. First, you need to exit to DOS. One way to do this is to reboot and interrupt the boot process by holding down F5, both shift keys, or Control-C (depending on your computer). Once you are in DOS, go to the Windows directory by typing cd c:\windows and Enter. Once you are in the Windows directory, type setup and Enter. Now you should be in a DOS version of Windows Setup, and you can select your old graphics mode or the generic VGA mode, save, and reboot again. This time you should be able to get back into Windows without any trouble. Consult your graphics card documentation or manufacturer for more help on this subject.

3.2 Changing Graphics Modes under Windows 95

From the Start button select Settings | Control Panel. Then double click on the icon labeled Display. Now click on the tab labeled Settings. You can then adjust the information under Display Area and Color Palette to change the screen resolution and color depth. If the screen resolution or color depth that you want is not available from this menu then either your graphics card is not capable of this or your video driver is incorrect. Contact your video card manufacturer to get the most up-to-date video driver for Windows 95.

NEXT to 4. Navigational Tips
BACK to Contents: README.TXT files from CD-ROM

From Excavating Occaneechi Town, a CD-ROM for Windows / ISBN 0-8078-6503-6 / $45.00 / Published for the Research Laboratories of Archaeology by the University of North Carolina Press

Top | | Toll-free (800) 848-6224

News | Books & more | Features | Information | Join e-mail list
Advanced search | Site guide

hosted by ibiblio