Problem displaying dpreview and similar sites

Started Aug 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield
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In reply to Jim Cockfield, Aug 20, 2012

More on screen resolution:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/display_change_screen_resolution.mspx?mfr=true

You'll also see the bit depth settings there (make sure you don't have it set to something like 16 bit instead of 24 bit or 32 bit "True color").

For a laptop, make sure you have it set to it's "native resolution" (which you can find in your laptop models specifications), not a lower resolution to try and make text larger.

For one thing, LCDs are designed to work best at their native resolution. For another thing, not all bit depths may be supported by your video card driver at something other than the display's native resolution.

If you have problems seeing content, use the DPI settings instead to make text larger, not by using lower resolution settings than the display was designed for. Here's how to do that:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/display_use_large_or_small_fonts.mspx?mfr=true

But, I'd check to make sure your browsers and plugins are somewhat recent for starters. As mentioned earlier, this site is no longer fully compatible with IE 6 (they announced that a long time ago), and they same thing applies to many other web sites.

So, use IE 7 or later now with XP. You can get IE 8 (latest version available for XP) from here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie-8

Get Firefox 14 from here:

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox

Again, this tool can help you with browser related plugins so that they're up to date, too:

https://browsercheck.qualys.com/

How about Windows updates? If you don't have all updates and patches installed from Microsoft, as well as your browsers and plugins (Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat Reader, etc.) up to date, you're an easy target for malware, and you may have an infected system.

That's because as soon as patches are released to fix security holes, malware writers figure out what changed, then infect web pages with code designed to install malware your system, simply by visiting web pages with malicious code on them.

So, you may want to scan your system with multiple scanners to make sure you don't have a major malware problem.

I'd probably grab the free version of Malwarebytes for starters and scan your system (and make sure to update it's definitions after you install it). Remove the space between the last . and exe

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/malwarebytes/mbam-setup . exe

Or here:

http://download.freewarefiles.com/files/mbam-setup-1.62.0.1300 . exe

Or, click on the download button from Malwarebytes.org from this page (use the free version). But, if that takes you to CNET's download.com, make sure to opt out of any extras like toolbars (as those are just adware and you don't want them on your system):

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

Then, reboot your system into Safe Mode and scan it using Malwarebytes again (that way, most malware that may have infected your system will not have a chance to load and run so it can hide from scanners, since once you're infected, a lot of malware is designed to hide from mos AV scanners.

To reboot into safe mode, restart your PC and press F8 a couple of times per second (tap on it repeatedly) and you should see a menu that lets you start Windows in Safe Mode. If you don't see that menu, and Windows loads normally, reboot and try again (you probably didn't tap on F8 often enough for Windows to see it before it started running). Then, scan with Malwarebytes again from Safe Mode.

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