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I only have low resolution and color-bit.

My monitor is not installed, but yet it still works, the resolution is very low and so is the color-bit. It won't give me the option to change them, how do i fix this?

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    DwyerMN May 11, 2010

    Have you tried going into Start > Control Panel > Display options?

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Sounds like the driver needs to be installed.

If the monitor came with a CD the drivers will be on it. I can't tell you exactly how it will look, since I don't have a CD for that monitor, but insert the CD and something should pop up on the screen with an option to install the driver for you monitor.

If you don't have a CD that came with the monitor, here's a link to download it from Dell:
http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R74922&formatcnt=1&libid=0&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=97782

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By "installing" the monitor. Install the proper driver for your particular monitor and it will work and allow you to adjust resolution. "Uninstalled" monitors use a default system driver that lets you see something so you can install the proper drivers.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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