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Changing my colour on desktop

My OS is XP. I have a viewsonic VA1912wb monitor and a ATI Radeon 9550 graphic card. I just tried to play game, but was told I need to set 256 color... I can only use 16 and 32 (medium and highest). How can I get it to let me change to 256 color...?

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You'll have to run the game in compatibility mode, with the color depth set to 256 colors.

You do this by right clicking on the executable of your game. click on Properties. Compatibility tab. Click the check to run compatibilty w/ Window 98, and set the color depth to 256 Color. That should work! Happy gaming.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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    Hi Ben W,

    I am having the same problem (see my post) but I have an old outdated SONY Vaio PC Notebook, copyright 1895-2001. I am having the same exact problem, where it only has 16-bit (medium) and 32-bit (highest). Where would you find the executable on this model??? Thanks for any support.

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Instead of switching the quality...change the resolution...move slider all the way left...

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Ok I think i found your problem. You don't need to install any drivers.

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Some games and other software programs require that your monitor be set to 256 colors, or they run better in 256 colors. Many of those programs will switch your monitor to 256 colors automatically when you start the program. For those that don't, follow the steps below if you want to switch the display temporarily while the game or program is running.
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  • Try switching to 256 colors if your software program shows the wrong color or the graphics redraw slowly.
  • If your software program appears in a small window in the center of your screen, you can increase its size by changing your screen resolution temporarily. Follow the procedure above, but in step 3 select the Run in 640x480 screen resolution check box. Your screen resolution will revert to its previous resolution when you close the program.
  • The Compatibility tab is available only for programs or games located on your computer's hard disk. It is not available if the program is stored on a floppy disk, compact disk, or a network.
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