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The monitor has no influence here - something is wrong with your video card: either its driver is missing (or corrupted) or the video chip has failed.
Uninstall all the drivers for the video(except the generic VGA one), from Programs and Device Manager http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/f/open-device-manager-windows-7.htm and reboot several times then go to Dell http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs select your pc and get the correct driver. If that doesn't fixes it then the video chip has failed, you will need to buy a new video card.
If you were to log on to the
manufacturer's web site, I think you may be pleasantly surprised as
usually, if available, one is able to download, by model number,
Customer Instruction Manuals,
list of Dealers for
spare part supplies and Driver
The information is normally free of
You need the drivers! Down load the drivers and it should work.
RIGHT CLICK YOUR DESKTOP BACKGROUND.
choose PROPERTIES, SETTINGS
on left side at bottom there is a small rectangular dialogue box which allows you to select 16 bit, 32 bit, 256 colors, etc. choose 32-bit. REBOOT
also if you have an OFFBOARD VIDEO card you have to go to MFR website to download video card driver and resintall it. it is probably using default since there is no driver loaded for the video card.
If ONBOARD video you have to go to MOBO MFR and download CHIPSET drivers. download EVEREST HOME EDITION (last free version) 321 and RUN it. it will identify all chipset & mfr
You can't convert the program on the disk from 16 bit to 32 bit. However the 32 bit versions of Windows are supposed to include legacy support for 16 bit applications. What version of WIndows are you running? What's the exact errormessage you're getting?
However, I would recommend that you use a virtualization product called DOSBox. DOSBox is free software that runs older 16 bit applications on Windows (And other operating systems such as Linux) very well:
I'm guessing you're talking about you not being able to set your color depth in display properties. You can download the driver on a computer with internet and burn (copy to flash drive, external hard drive) the file to disc and run it on your computer. Also, if you have the disc(s) that came w/ your computer one should be a driver CD and you can install the video driver from there.