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Video probs , screen half size, can't get more than 16 colors

On the monitor I only get about a 5x8 screen size, and only 16 colors, using win 98. can't get it to upgrade to XP either, it gets stuck on checking hs ardware config or system settings something like that. Thanks in advance

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Re: Video probs , screen half size, can't get more than...

That notebook is too old for XP really. I would either stick with win98 - you can get drivers for the video, sound, modem, etc, from :

Or if the laptop has at least 128mb RAM then Windows 2000 will install all the basic drivers for your system and is fully supported on that system.

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Colour setting keeps reverting from 32 bits to 8 bits

Turn the laptop on and hold down the "Fn" key on the laptop's keyboard.

Tap the arrow key that has a picture of an open sun to make the laptop screen brighter.

The laptop will automatically save the adjustments after you release the "Fn" key.

Tap the arrow key that has a picture of a filled-in sun to make the laptop screen darker.

The laptop will automatically save the adjustments after you release the "Fn" key.

Screen Resolution

Click the "Start" menu. Click "Settings" and "Control Panel."

Choose "Display" and "Settings" in Windows 98, ME or XP. In Windows Vista, click "Appearance" and "Adjust Screen Resolution."

Click on the resolution bar and slide it to the right to lower the screen's resolution and to the left to raise the screen's resolution.

The optimum screen resolution usually depends on the size of the laptop screen.

The recommended resolution for a 15-inch screen is 1024 x 768, 17- to 19-inch screen is 1280 x 1024, and 20-inch screens is 1600 x 1200.

However, you can adjust the resolution to your personal preference.

Click ""Apply to see how the resolution looks on the laptop's monitor.

Click "OK" to save the resolution settings.

Color Setting

Click the "Start" menu. Click "Settings" and "Control Panel."

Choose "Display" and "Settings" in Windows 98, ME or XP.

In Windows Vista, click "Appearance" and "Adjust Screen Resolution."

Click "Colors." Choose 32-bit for a high color-pixel ratio that will make the colors brighter and bring out image details.

Choose 24-bit for a medium color-pixel ratio if the screen is too bright or if images are somewhat distorted.

Some older laptops have a 16-bit color setting, but this setting is no longer recommended as it will distort images and text.

Always Click "Apply" to see how the color setting looks on the laptop's monitor.

Click "OK" to save the color settings

hope this helps

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Toshiba Satellite displays a 16-bit color resolution after I replaced the video cable, what is causing this?

Click Start/Control Panel and look for Display or Appearance and Personalization. Open the Display, then click the Settings Tab. You can change the color from 16 Bit and you can adjust the resolution.

You can also get to the display by clicking on a blank area on the desktop and select Properties.

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My toshiba L35-S2161 the monitor only displays lines in colors, what to do to fix it

Since you diagnosed by using an external VGA monitor, you now know the fault lies in either the Video Cable, or the Display Assembly.

Your graphics chipset is good.
(Also known as GPU. Graphics Processing Unit )

A) Video Cable:
(Toshiba = LCD FL Cable )

See if the connections are good. Check the motherboard side connection of the Video Cable, AND the LCD screen side connection.

A loose connection can do this.



(On both links above you can click on the photos to enlarge )

Observe the sheath of the Video Cable for obvious signs of damage.
If the cable looks pinched, stretched, or torn, the tiny wires inside the cable may be damaged also.

Best method is to remove the Video Cable, and perform a continuity test of the wires inside the cable, with a multimeter.
(An economical unit can be purchased for around $8 to $12.
Analog or digital is fine )

B) Display Assembly:

Video Cable checks out OK;

1) Check the connections to the screen Inverter board.
Make sure they are tight. Make sure the Inverter board does not appear to be damaged.

2) Screen Inverter board:

An LCD screen does not produce light. It needs an additional light source.

A Backlight is the additional light source.
A Backlight is usually a CCFL, or a series of LED lights.

The Toshiba Satellite L35-S2161 Notebook PC, uses a CCFL for a Backlight. (Uses 1 CCFL)

CCFL stands for Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

(Average size is 2mm Thick, and is close to the width of the LCD screen in question, Long )

A screen Inverter converts the power (Electricity) from the laptop, for the Backlight and LCD screen.

It is located behind the Display Mask, (Display Bezel), and mounted towards the bottom of the LCD screen.

A bad screen Inverter usually causes a garbled display, or doesn't light the Backlight up.

To test a screen Inverter you need a sensitive multimeter, or use a spare Backlight bulb that is known to be good.

Bulb lights up the Inverter is good, the Backlight in the LCD screen assembly, is bad.

[ The LCD screen is composed of layers. These layers are held in place by a metal Screen Frame. {Resembles a picture frame }

The Screen Frame comes apart.

Screws are removed, and the Screen Frame comes apart in four pieces, (Four sides), or the Screen Frame comes apart in two pieces as an Upper half, and Lower half.

The Backlight bulb is taped to one side of the LCD screen layers, and is under that side of the Screen Frame.

The LCD screen layers MUST be kept aligned, as they were from the factory. For this reason alone, it is tedious for an experienced technician, and is usually not done at the consumer, or DIY level.

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you might need to reinstall your VGA drivers.

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Try connecting to an external monitor if display screen is only showing half of my desktop, the other half goes black or flickershalf of my desktop, the other half goes black or flickers various colors then it is the video card if not....have ur display screen changed.

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My laptop screen is half white half color whats wrong and how do i fix it?

From my experience I can tell that this problem may be related to the following:
1. Loose connection between the video cable and the LCD screen.
2. Defective LCD screen.
3. Defective motherboard (I assume the graphics card is integrated into the motherboard).

Most likely you still can use the laptop with an external monitor. Just connect the monitor to the VGA port on the back or side of your laptop and then switch the video output from internal to external mode.
On Toshiba laptops you can toggle between internal and external screens using Fn+F5 keys. Hold down Fn and press on F5 until you get video on the external monitor.
On IBM laptops use Fn+F7.
On HP laptops use Fn+F4.
It’s possible that you have to use a different key combination on your laptop but you get the idea.
On some laptops, in order to be able to use the external monitor, you have to connect it to the laptop and then restart the laptop so the external monitor is detected by the laptop.

I hope this helps answer your ?'s. Good Luck ^_^

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Your problem is that the correct video driver is not installed and therefore cannot use all the video RAM.(the XP version of the video driver won't work with Win98).
When you adjust to True color at a higher resolution it drops to a lower resolution because it has insufficent video RAM, but you will get a higher screen resolution at a 16 bit color because it requires less memory (video RAM).
Install the Win98 driver for the graphics card and then it can use the full video RAM at a higher screen resolution with 32 bit color.

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