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Old January 23rd 08, 06:17 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.display.general
buffalo rider
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Default Laptop TFT ... garbled letters

Help please, if you can.

The problem: My laptop screen, the letters are legible, but fuzzy, rather
than crisp as they were before I upgraded to Windows 98SE. Images also are
not crisp. How do I fix this? My laptop is an Everex StepNote SK (233mHz
Pentium with MMX and a 13.3” TFT XGA screen)

History:
I recently upgraded to Windows 98SE for additional function, such as
using the USB port with a memory stick, and Adobe Reader 6 (rather than
5.05). I started with a clean slate -- I reformatted my C: partition
(leaving my D: and E: partitions of programs and data alone) -- then
installed Windows 98SE, virtually all its updates, Office 97, Adobe 6, other
stuff, and the video driver srvga95.exe. The video driver improved my
display, from 16 colors to 16-bit, and gave me resolution options, but the
letters are fuzzy (though legible) and all the images are fuzzy. Before this,
the screen was crisp and clear. I do not have the original install diskettes
-- the srvga95.exe driver is from www.driverguide.com.
I used srvga95.exe before, when a couple years ago I had to rebuild
the laptop from scratch (with Windows 98) after the harddrive died. The
driver restored crispness back then. Now it won’t.

I suspect the driver may not be right for 98SE, but there may be other
problems or incorrect settings. I have tried some other drivers from
www.driverguide.com, but none have fixed the problem I have. I get the same
result. Anyone out there that could offer some suggestions?

I suspect that my Everex machine is nearly identical to some other
manufacturer’s 233mHz Pentium/MMX laptop, and if I knew who that was, I could
probaby get drivers and support from that manufacturer. Everex,
unfortunately, does not have any support pages.

* * * * * * * *
Here is some additional information, in case it helps ...

Excerpts from the Owner's Manual.

From the "Introducing the Computer" paragraph.
"Standard features include a powerful Pentium processor, fast PCI-bus VGA
graphics, a high performance disk drive ..." (p.2)

From the "Features of the Computer" section.
"A PCI-bus video accelerator driving a color LCD display panel with a wide
viewing area for high resolution VGA compatibility."(p.3)

From the "Using the Video System" page. (p.39)
o To install the VGA driver for Windows 95, follow the steps below.
- Insert the NM2160 VGA driver utility diskette into Drive A:
- Click on "Control Panel - Add New hardware - Display Adapters.
- Click "Have Disk" and select "NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV"
to change the driver.
- Follow instructions on the screen to complete the installation
process.

There are no instructions for installing the driver under Windows 98 (or
98SE) because the laptop shipped before 98 and 98SE were out.

Other information about the laptop:
A sticker on the Laptop by the display screen says "TFT XGA"

My current Video Settings (from Display - Settings - Advanced) are the
following:
o From Display adapter tab, installed is:
NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV

o From the Monitor tab, installed is:
Laptop Display Panel (1024 x 768)

  #2  
Old January 24th 08, 05:41 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.display.general
glee
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Default Laptop TFT ... garbled letters

buffalo rider wrote:
Everex, unfortunately, does not have any support pages.


http://www.everex.com/support/support.htm

--
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http://dts-l.net/goodpost.htm


"buffalo rider" wrote in message
...
Help please, if you can.

The problem: My laptop screen, the letters are legible, but fuzzy, rather
than crisp as they were before I upgraded to Windows 98SE. Images also are
not crisp. How do I fix this? My laptop is an Everex StepNote SK (233mHz
Pentium with MMX and a 13.3” TFT XGA screen)

History:
I recently upgraded to Windows 98SE for additional function, such as
using the USB port with a memory stick, and Adobe Reader 6 (rather than
5.05). I started with a clean slate -- I reformatted my C: partition
(leaving my D: and E: partitions of programs and data alone) -- then
installed Windows 98SE, virtually all its updates, Office 97, Adobe 6, other
stuff, and the video driver srvga95.exe. The video driver improved my
display, from 16 colors to 16-bit, and gave me resolution options, but the
letters are fuzzy (though legible) and all the images are fuzzy. Before this,
the screen was crisp and clear. I do not have the original install diskettes
-- the srvga95.exe driver is from www.driverguide.com.
I used srvga95.exe before, when a couple years ago I had to rebuild
the laptop from scratch (with Windows 98) after the harddrive died. The
driver restored crispness back then. Now it won’t.

I suspect the driver may not be right for 98SE, but there may be other
problems or incorrect settings. I have tried some other drivers from
www.driverguide.com, but none have fixed the problem I have. I get the same
result. Anyone out there that could offer some suggestions?

I suspect that my Everex machine is nearly identical to some other
manufacturer’s 233mHz Pentium/MMX laptop, and if I knew who that was, I could
probaby get drivers and support from that manufacturer. Everex,
unfortunately, does not have any support pages.

* * * * * * * *
Here is some additional information, in case it helps ...

Excerpts from the Owner's Manual.

From the "Introducing the Computer" paragraph.
"Standard features include a powerful Pentium processor, fast PCI-bus VGA
graphics, a high performance disk drive ..." (p.2)

From the "Features of the Computer" section.
"A PCI-bus video accelerator driving a color LCD display panel with a wide
viewing area for high resolution VGA compatibility."(p.3)

From the "Using the Video System" page. (p.39)
o To install the VGA driver for Windows 95, follow the steps below.
- Insert the NM2160 VGA driver utility diskette into Drive A:
- Click on "Control Panel - Add New hardware - Display Adapters.
- Click "Have Disk" and select "NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV"
to change the driver.
- Follow instructions on the screen to complete the installation
process.

There are no instructions for installing the driver under Windows 98 (or
98SE) because the laptop shipped before 98 and 98SE were out.

Other information about the laptop:
A sticker on the Laptop by the display screen says "TFT XGA"

My current Video Settings (from Display - Settings - Advanced) are the
following:
o From Display adapter tab, installed is:
NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV

o From the Monitor tab, installed is:
Laptop Display Panel (1024 x 768)


  #3  
Old January 24th 08, 05:58 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.display.general
buffalo rider
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Default Laptop TFT ... garbled letters

Hi glee, here is what the people from that page wrote me ... per my inquiry
of a few days ago.
-----------------------
Dear "buffalo rider",
Unfortunately, we do not offer support for legacy devices at this time.
You may be able to locate appropriate drivers via the internet.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you for choosing Everex!
Greg Blackburn, Everex Technical Support

---------------------------
"glee" wrote:

buffalo rider wrote:
Everex, unfortunately, does not have any support pages.


http://www.everex.com/support/support.htm

--
Glen Ventura, MS MVP Shell/User, A+
http://dts-l.net/
http://dts-l.net/goodpost.htm


"buffalo rider" wrote in message
...
Help please, if you can.

The problem: My laptop screen, the letters are legible, but fuzzy, rather
than crisp as they were before I upgraded to Windows 98SE. Images also are
not crisp. How do I fix this? My laptop is an Everex StepNote SK (233mHz
Pentium with MMX and a 13.3” TFT XGA screen)

History:
I recently upgraded to Windows 98SE for additional function, such as
using the USB port with a memory stick, and Adobe Reader 6 (rather than
5.05). I started with a clean slate -- I reformatted my C: partition
(leaving my D: and E: partitions of programs and data alone) -- then
installed Windows 98SE, virtually all its updates, Office 97, Adobe 6, other
stuff, and the video driver srvga95.exe. The video driver improved my
display, from 16 colors to 16-bit, and gave me resolution options, but the
letters are fuzzy (though legible) and all the images are fuzzy. Before this,
the screen was crisp and clear. I do not have the original install diskettes
-- the srvga95.exe driver is from www.driverguide.com.
I used srvga95.exe before, when a couple years ago I had to rebuild
the laptop from scratch (with Windows 98) after the harddrive died. The
driver restored crispness back then. Now it won’t.

I suspect the driver may not be right for 98SE, but there may be other
problems or incorrect settings. I have tried some other drivers from
www.driverguide.com, but none have fixed the problem I have. I get the same
result. Anyone out there that could offer some suggestions?

I suspect that my Everex machine is nearly identical to some other
manufacturer’s 233mHz Pentium/MMX laptop, and if I knew who that was, I could
probaby get drivers and support from that manufacturer. Everex,
unfortunately, does not have any support pages.

* * * * * * * *
Here is some additional information, in case it helps ...

Excerpts from the Owner's Manual.

From the "Introducing the Computer" paragraph.
"Standard features include a powerful Pentium processor, fast PCI-bus VGA
graphics, a high performance disk drive ..." (p.2)

From the "Features of the Computer" section.
"A PCI-bus video accelerator driving a color LCD display panel with a wide
viewing area for high resolution VGA compatibility."(p.3)

From the "Using the Video System" page. (p.39)
o To install the VGA driver for Windows 95, follow the steps below.
- Insert the NM2160 VGA driver utility diskette into Drive A:
- Click on "Control Panel - Add New hardware - Display Adapters.
- Click "Have Disk" and select "NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV"
to change the driver.
- Follow instructions on the screen to complete the installation
process.

There are no instructions for installing the driver under Windows 98 (or
98SE) because the laptop shipped before 98 and 98SE were out.

Other information about the laptop:
A sticker on the Laptop by the display screen says "TFT XGA"

My current Video Settings (from Display - Settings - Advanced) are the
following:
o From Display adapter tab, installed is:
NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV

o From the Monitor tab, installed is:
Laptop Display Panel (1024 x 768)



  #4  
Old January 25th 08, 02:52 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.display.general
glee
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Posts: 2,458
Default Laptop TFT ... garbled letters

Oh.....how nice. Be sure to tell them you'll not be buying another of their
products.....not that it will help you with your current problem.
--
Glen Ventura, MS MVP Shell/User, A+
http://dts-l.net/
http://dts-l.net/goodpost.htm


"buffalo rider" wrote in message
...
Hi glee, here is what the people from that page wrote me ... per my inquiry
of a few days ago.
-----------------------
Dear "buffalo rider",
Unfortunately, we do not offer support for legacy devices at this time.
You may be able to locate appropriate drivers via the internet.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you for choosing Everex!
Greg Blackburn, Everex Technical Support

---------------------------
"glee" wrote:

buffalo rider wrote:
Everex, unfortunately, does not have any support pages.


http://www.everex.com/support/support.htm

--
Glen Ventura, MS MVP Shell/User, A+
http://dts-l.net/
http://dts-l.net/goodpost.htm


"buffalo rider" wrote in message
...
Help please, if you can.

The problem: My laptop screen, the letters are legible, but fuzzy, rather
than crisp as they were before I upgraded to Windows 98SE. Images also are
not crisp. How do I fix this? My laptop is an Everex StepNote SK (233mHz
Pentium with MMX and a 13.3” TFT XGA screen)

History:
I recently upgraded to Windows 98SE for additional function, such as
using the USB port with a memory stick, and Adobe Reader 6 (rather than
5.05). I started with a clean slate -- I reformatted my C: partition
(leaving my D: and E: partitions of programs and data alone) -- then
installed Windows 98SE, virtually all its updates, Office 97, Adobe 6, other
stuff, and the video driver srvga95.exe. The video driver improved my
display, from 16 colors to 16-bit, and gave me resolution options, but the
letters are fuzzy (though legible) and all the images are fuzzy. Before this,
the screen was crisp and clear. I do not have the original install diskettes
-- the srvga95.exe driver is from www.driverguide.com.
I used srvga95.exe before, when a couple years ago I had to rebuild
the laptop from scratch (with Windows 98) after the harddrive died. The
driver restored crispness back then. Now it won’t.

I suspect the driver may not be right for 98SE, but there may be other
problems or incorrect settings. I have tried some other drivers from
www.driverguide.com, but none have fixed the problem I have. I get the same
result. Anyone out there that could offer some suggestions?

I suspect that my Everex machine is nearly identical to some other
manufacturer’s 233mHz Pentium/MMX laptop, and if I knew who that was, I could
probaby get drivers and support from that manufacturer. Everex,
unfortunately, does not have any support pages.

* * * * * * * *
Here is some additional information, in case it helps ...

Excerpts from the Owner's Manual.

From the "Introducing the Computer" paragraph.
"Standard features include a powerful Pentium processor, fast PCI-bus VGA
graphics, a high performance disk drive ..." (p.2)

From the "Features of the Computer" section.
"A PCI-bus video accelerator driving a color LCD display panel with a wide
viewing area for high resolution VGA compatibility."(p.3)

From the "Using the Video System" page. (p.39)
o To install the VGA driver for Windows 95, follow the steps below.
- Insert the NM2160 VGA driver utility diskette into Drive A:
- Click on "Control Panel - Add New hardware - Display Adapters.
- Click "Have Disk" and select "NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV"
to change the driver.
- Follow instructions on the screen to complete the installation
process.

There are no instructions for installing the driver under Windows 98 (or
98SE) because the laptop shipped before 98 and 98SE were out.

Other information about the laptop:
A sticker on the Laptop by the display screen says "TFT XGA"

My current Video Settings (from Display - Settings - Advanced) are the
following:
o From Display adapter tab, installed is:
NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV

o From the Monitor tab, installed is:
Laptop Display Panel (1024 x 768)




  #5  
Old January 26th 08, 03:13 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.display.general
Gary S. Terhune[_2_]
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Default Laptop TFT ... garbled letters

Have you positively identified the video chip? Tried using Everest 2.02, for
instance? (It's obsolete but I have a copy he
http://grystmill.com/shared/everesthome220.exe)

Also, even if you have the right drivers, I've found that reinstalling
(overinstalling) video in 9x can be seriously balky. Maybe it's just me, but
my "final solution" to such situations is to completely delete the HKLM\ENUM
key from the Registry and start all over (will require that you reinstall
ALL drivers, starting with the mobo drivers.) Provided I have the right
drivers in the first place (for all hardware), and it's not always without
some problems, but this method has always eventually led to success.

Note that for most hardware, simply deleting the device in Safe Mode and
reinstalling usually fixes the issue at hand, but I've always found that the
video was the one device that doesn't do that well under 9x. Don't know why,
but reinstalling video always leads to some endless loop (that I can't
describe accurately at this moment due to CRS.) Thus my tendency to head
directly for the Registry ENUM key when video problems are driving me
insane.

Again, the above ONLY works if you have ALL of the drivers for the machine.

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS-MVP Shell/User
www.grystmill.com

"buffalo rider" wrote in message
...
Help please, if you can.

The problem: My laptop screen, the letters are legible, but fuzzy, rather
than crisp as they were before I upgraded to Windows 98SE. Images also are
not crisp. How do I fix this? My laptop is an Everex StepNote SK (233mHz
Pentium with MMX and a 13.3" TFT XGA screen)

History:
I recently upgraded to Windows 98SE for additional function, such as
using the USB port with a memory stick, and Adobe Reader 6 (rather than
5.05). I started with a clean slate -- I reformatted my C: partition
(leaving my D: and E: partitions of programs and data alone) -- then
installed Windows 98SE, virtually all its updates, Office 97, Adobe 6,
other
stuff, and the video driver srvga95.exe. The video driver improved my
display, from 16 colors to 16-bit, and gave me resolution options, but the
letters are fuzzy (though legible) and all the images are fuzzy. Before
this,
the screen was crisp and clear. I do not have the original install
diskettes
-- the srvga95.exe driver is from www.driverguide.com.
I used srvga95.exe before, when a couple years ago I had to rebuild
the laptop from scratch (with Windows 98) after the harddrive died. The
driver restored crispness back then. Now it won't.

I suspect the driver may not be right for 98SE, but there may be other
problems or incorrect settings. I have tried some other drivers from
www.driverguide.com, but none have fixed the problem I have. I get the
same
result. Anyone out there that could offer some suggestions?

I suspect that my Everex machine is nearly identical to some other
manufacturer's 233mHz Pentium/MMX laptop, and if I knew who that was, I
could
probaby get drivers and support from that manufacturer. Everex,
unfortunately, does not have any support pages.

* * * * * * * *
Here is some additional information, in case it helps ...

Excerpts from the Owner's Manual.

From the "Introducing the Computer" paragraph.
"Standard features include a powerful Pentium processor, fast PCI-bus VGA
graphics, a high performance disk drive ..." (p.2)

From the "Features of the Computer" section.
"A PCI-bus video accelerator driving a color LCD display panel with a wide
viewing area for high resolution VGA compatibility."(p.3)

From the "Using the Video System" page. (p.39)
o To install the VGA driver for Windows 95, follow the steps below.
- Insert the NM2160 VGA driver utility diskette into Drive A:
- Click on "Control Panel - Add New hardware - Display Adapters.
- Click "Have Disk" and select "NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV"
to change the driver.
- Follow instructions on the screen to complete the installation
process.

There are no instructions for installing the driver under Windows 98 (or
98SE) because the laptop shipped before 98 and 98SE were out.

Other information about the laptop:
A sticker on the Laptop by the display screen says "TFT XGA"

My current Video Settings (from Display - Settings - Advanced) are the
following:
o From Display adapter tab, installed is:
NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV

o From the Monitor tab, installed is:
Laptop Display Panel (1024 x 768)



 




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