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I Reinstalled my Windows XP Home Edition Operating System

On the computer it shows a "DEFAULT MONITOR" installed, yet I have installed the DISK for my particular Dell Monitor. I am unable to adjust the screen settings for a normal picture. What can I do to fix it?

Thanks a Bunch!
C. Haley

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  • haleycyn May 20, 2009

    Hi to Hank & All:

    I am running Windows XP Home Edition and I don't have a "video card", lol, and my Monitor is the large one and not LCD. I am trying to adjust the looks "grainy & shadowy/mixture of color and shadows...

    I had to reinstall the original Operating System that came with my DELL, because a few years ago a Computer Technician worked on it and installed an Operating System that was not registered to my DELL. So I started having all kinds of problems and pop-up warnings of "not using official Windows program". I don't know a whole lot about fixing computers, but hoping I can get this Monitor straightened out. I did try to load the DRIVER DISK for the Monitor but it does nothing to replace a "DEFAULT MONITOR" on the computer. I also do not have the VIDEO DRIVER to reinstall.

    Any help and guidance is really appreciated!!


    C. Haley

  • haleycyn May 21, 2009


    Trying to get use to this website, lolol. Appreciate your response Hank!

    No recovery disc. It is a DELL DIMENSION 3000 PC.

    C. Haley

  • haleycyn May 22, 2009

    Hello All!

    Thank you for all your suggestions and input. And thanks to Hank for indicating he felt I needed to add the Video Driver. I went to the Dell website, started with that and added even more updated drivers and my Dell is running beautifully!!!

    Thanks a bunch!

    C. Haley

  • Hank May 11, 2010

    I agree that you need a video driver. It should be on your recovery disc.

    We can probably find that video card driver on the Dell website if you don't want to bother finding it on the disc. What model Dell do you have. I'll search it out and send you a link.

  • Hank May 11, 2010

    What os (xp, vista) are you running. What is your video card, and is your monitor a crt (tube type) or lcd?

    What do you mean by normal picture, and what screen settings are you trying to adjust (brightness, vertical, horizontal)?

    Sorry for all the questions, just want to narrow down the problem.



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You can go to the Dell website and download the recommended video driver for the Dimension 3000. Download and install the driver. Then you should be all set. If not then we take it to the next level. Here is a link but not sure if it will work.


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Go to start,controlpanel,display,advanced,monitor and, find your monitor click on it then; go back to advanced and, adjust your screen resolution

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Sounds like your video drivers have yet to be installed. They should be on your motherboard CD that comes with the hardware or the CD that came with your prebuilt machine that you ordered in the past. When you wipe your drive and install from scratch you will have to show your computer how to see and use its various pieces again.

After you install the drivers from the mother board disc (or your video card) your options should open up more.

also make sure you are plugged into the right monitor plug because if you have onboard video and you bought a video card, you will have 2 sep plugs for your monitor that are not equal

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Probably needs the Drivers installing for the monitor your using, try and find the CD that came with the moniter, also go into the BIOS and see if you can command it to except plug and play enable. Hope this solves it ! the Yeti

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