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How To Increase Your Video Performance

If you experience video glitches or notice that your screen is redrawing slowly, you may be overworking your video card. Some video cards do offer functionality to support those higher screen resolutions and color depth, but often they do not provide you with enough video memory to truly reach those levels. To resolve this, one can either reduce the color depth down to the High Color (16-bit) selection or decrease your screen resolution. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to reduce the video color depth.

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For Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now, Double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  6. Then click on the Settings tab located at the top of the screen.
  7. Under the Colors section try using the High Color (16 bit) selection.
  8. For Windows XP, choose the Medium (16 bit) color selection.
  9. There really isn't much difference between this setting and the True Color (32 bit) selection.
  10. As most people have a 17 inch monitor and up, try the 1024x768 or 1280x1024 Resolutions.
  11. Within the Screen area on the right, use your mouse to move the slider bar to change resolutions.
  12. Then click on the OK button to save your settings and exit the Display Properties window.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  3. Double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  4. Then click on the Settings tab located at the top of the screen.
  5. Under the Colors section try using the High Color (16 bit) selection.
  6. For Windows XP, choose the Medium (16 bit) color selection.
  7. There really isn't much difference between this setting and the True Color (32 bit) selection.
  8. As most people have a 17 inch monitor and up, try the 1024x768 or 1280x1024 Resolutions.
  9. Within the Screen area on the right, use your mouse to move the slider bar to change resolutions.
  10. Then click on the OK button to save your settings and exit the Display Properties window.
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