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Switched video adapters-help please

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Dan Marris
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 11:50 am:   

The video adapter in my 486 stopped working. So, I replaced it with the adapter from my old 386-that I use for spare parts. The problem is: the picture is distorted. The colors are not crisp, and look fuzzy. Changing the monitor settings does nothing. What I need to know is: is there anything I can do, besides purchasing another monitor? Can I download a driver in fix the problem? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 2:48 pm:   

Would help to know video card chipset and O.S.
Dan Marris
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 7:06 pm:   

System diagnostic reveals: PS/2, SVGA(standard), and the chipset to be Mono? Yet it has a plug and play motherboard, monitor, etc. I think the problem may lie in replacing a non-pnp item, with a pnp everything. I don't know. Once again, thanks.
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 9:32 pm:   

You may need to replace your replacement video card for one that supports Multisync perhaps. Some old 386 machines came standard with Fixed frequency monitors so the card and monitor were matched, so to me, it sounds like your monitor doesn't like being strapped to whatever frequency your vid card is feeding it.
Dan Marris
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2002 - 8:29 pm:   

You were right, I installed a new card today, and now I can see again. Everything is as it should be, thanks so much for the help.
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2002 - 8:45 pm:   

Glad to help Dan.

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