Video driver help

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Chas, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Chas

    Chas Guest

    I can't get any drivers to display more than 32 colors for the used
    ATI GL Fire V3100 PCI-E
    video card.
    The card did not come with any driver...I can find some drivers, but I can't
    get the display up to 256 colors.
    Anyone have any experience with this type card..or any other suggestions.
    Chas, Dec 1, 2011
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  2. Chas

    Paul Guest

    Go to (AMD bought ATI).

    The driver link is in the upper right hand corner.

    "Workstation Graphics"
    "FireGL Series"
    "FireGL V3100"
    "Windows XP - 32 bit"

    Or, alternately, the web site also has an "automatic detection"
    feature. Usually, that involves either an ActiveX widget or
    some code you download and run on the computer. Based on the
    hardware detected, the tool will recommend a driver. (I prefer
    to pick my own drivers.)

    It's probably stuck in 16 color mode right now, and is using
    the fall-back VESA driver which is included in the OS. That
    VESA driver, is how the computer can run the card, when no
    custom driver is available. You stay stuck in 16 colors, until
    the "real" non-VESA driver is installed. Then it should work great.

    Some OSes, also have "real" drivers, but the drivers are pretty
    old, and it's best to update the driver using the AMD web site.
    For example, when I installed WinXP on my ATI 9800pro, the OS had
    a driver already for it. But that driver had a small bug, so I
    needed to update.

    Depending on how many bugs are present in the driver, you may need
    to test as many as three drivers, before finding one which gives
    satisfactory performance in daily usage.

    Note that, Device Manager has a feature to "roll back" one level
    of drivers. If at some point in the future, an accident happens,
    and you get a driver update you didn't want, you can use Device
    Manager to remove the last driver installed. But that feature
    is not infinitely deep, and won't allow more than one roll-back.

    Paul, Dec 1, 2011
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  3. You are confusing 32 colors and 32-bit. 32-bit is millions of colors, 256
    colors is 8-bit.
    Jeff Strickland, Dec 1, 2011
  4. Chas

    Chas Guest

    I must be. This latest driver (shown to me by Paul, above link) is the
    exact one for the card and it is still at that takes care of the
    problem...thanks to both of you..charlie
    Chas, Dec 1, 2011
  5. Chas

    Paul Guest

    Ah, I get it now.

    I couldn't figure out where the 32 colors could come from.
    It's 32 bit, or "millions of colors" mode.

    Paul, Dec 1, 2011
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