Troubleshoot Display Problems In Windows® XP
Display problems occur while watching certain videos online. We troubleshoot display problems in Windows XP when your monitor’s animations are not working properly, display flickers or multiple monitor feature. One of the major cause of display problem is when you are unable to set the video resolution above 640 X 480 with 16 colors.
Mentioned below is a list of possible symptoms of display problems in Windows® XP, the solutions to which would follow:
- Low resolution and poor performance
- Unable to play high resolution games
- Unable to play various videos
- Garbled text
Low resolution and poor performance
Display problems are often encountered on new installations and are caused by the lack of appropriate drivers for the graphic cards. Either driver files have been corrupted or there are no drivers installed. The solution to this problem is to download the latest drivers from the manufacturer of your graphics card, or of your motherboard if you have on-board video, from their respective sites.
Unable to play high resolution games
Many latest games displays black or garbled screen and are not able to run and complain that your video card does not support the game. To solve this problem, it is good to compare the capabilities of your graphics card with the requirements of the game. If your card meets the minimum, you should try to download the latest drivers. Lastly, you should check the settings of your game and reduce them to the minimum. Once you find out that it works, you can gradually increase the settings to find what is suitable for your computer.
Another very common problem is the incapability to playback certain videos; either using media players or from the browser. Although it seems like the display is at fault, it is caused by a lack of appropriate codecs (for media players) or plugins (for browsers). The most common plugin used by majority of sites to display video is flash, which you can download for free. For media players, there is a wide variety of possible codecs and it is best to let media player go online and retrieve the right codecs.
Lastly, opening some files may result in garbled text despite having the file display correctly in another computer. You can solve this problem by improving support for languages and adding more fonts to your computer. With Windows® XP, you can reach this by going to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options and Language Options. You would find the appropriate settings in the language tab.