Adjusting Resolution and Colour Settings
- Right-click on any open space on your desktop, and click Properties
at the bottom of the menu that pops up. Alternately, you can go through
Start -> Settings -> Control Panel, and double-click Display.
- Click the Settings tab at the top, right-hand corner of the window.
- At this point, there may be some variance in the displays between different
versions of Windows. The setting that needs to be changed is labelled "Screen
area"; other settings that may need to be changed include "Desktop area"
and "Colour Palette".
- You can test the capabilities of your video card here. Choose the highest possible
colour setting, and then try bumping up the Screen area. Windows will automatically
select the highest possible number of colours for the selected resolution. (Make sure
that the Desktop area matches the Screen area, if both options are available.
- When you click OK, Windows should tell you that it will resize the desktop,
and that it will be reset in 15 seconds. If the display is unreadable, you can either
hit the Escape key or wait until Windows resets the display. Otherwise, just click
Yes to keep the current settings.
- Click on the Macintosh menu, and then go to the Control Panels. For
System 7.6, click Monitors. For OS 8.5, click Monitors & Sound.
- In System 7.6, you'll be presented with the colour settings right away. We
recommend that you select the highest colour setting available. Then click
Options.... Under "Select a monitor setting," select the resolution
you'd like. Click OK, and then close up the Monitors window.
- In OS 8.5, the settings you need should be displayed on the first screen you see.
If not, click on the Monitor button at the top of the window. Select an
appropriate resolution and colour depth, and then close the window.
Congratulations: you now have a bigger screen. We recommend a resolution
of at least 800x600 -- 1024x768 is probably the highest that anyone will need -- and the
higher the colour depth, the better. Now that your screen has been resized, everything
may appear uncomfortably small, but don't worry: you'll get used to it quickly.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that Spectranet does not offer technical support for Windows
issues that are not Internet related. You are welcome to follow this guide, but do so at your
A note for Windows users: If the changes you made to your display settings have made your
screen unreadable and you can't see to change it, there is a way out. Restart the computer,
and when the "Starting Windows..." message appears, press the F8 key. Select
"Safe Mode" from the boot menu. When Windows has finished booting, follow the steps
above to reset your screen settings to their original values, and restart the computer
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