Installing Windows 3.1
As it stands, Windows 3.1 will only support the PC110 display as a standard VGA display - that means 16 colours.You will have to install extra video drivers to get a decent 256 colour display. You have two choices for Windows 3.1 video drivers:
After some investigation, I have put together a new video driver installation package, which aims to take the benefits of both driver sets, and lose the drawbacks.
This version provides the following features:
640x480, 16 colours
640x480, 256 colours
800x600, 256 colours
It is important to stress that I have not done anything to the driver code; as I am aware, this is simply a repackaged set of the 3.23 drivers, which are, of course, still the copyrighted property of Chips & Technologies, Inc. - I have simply rewritten most of the OEMSETUP.INF file to alter the available options and the way in which these driver files are installed.
The following video modes are supporte by this package:
My PC110 tells me that my video BIOS does not support the following modes when I try to configure them:
These video mode selections are therefore not supported by this package.
You use these drivers at your own risk; if they screw up your system, I'm sorry. Run SETUP.EXE from the C:\WINDOWS directory whilst in DOS, and choose the VGA video option to reset your display.
Download BETA4W31.ZIP (153KB) and unpack it onto a diskette. Run Windows Setup and select the video option; go to the bottom of the list and choose Have disk..., and point it at the driver diskette. The twelve(!) available modes should be listed for you to choose from.
To keep the package small for downloading, I did not include all the usual files distributed with Win3.1 video drivers. These are things like VGAOEM.FON and VGALOGO.RLE - standard files which are either on the rest of your Windows diskettes, or very likely already on your hard drive. When installing the video drivers, if you get prompted for a Windows diskette, a good trick is to type in one of the following paths:
It's not always obvious which of these it should be, so be prepared to enter both of them each time you are prompted for a Windows diskette. Also, watch out for when it really does need to look at the video driver diskette again; both of the above will be rejected, as you just need to point it at A:\ again.
If you've installed several sets of video drivers by now, you'll have a huge video driver selection list, as it remembers each set of drivers available off each diskette or set that you've tried. In order to simply remove these unwanted titles from the video driver list, follow these steps:
Now when I run Windows Setup, and bring up the video selection list, I've lost all the old, unwanted, entries, and just have the standard entries plus the entries from my current driver file OEM9.INF. That's me happy!
Here's a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what the small/large
font sizes are:
Control Panel, using small (normal) font size
Control Panel, using large font size
Personally, I prefer the larger font size, as it's more visible! As to the cursor size, well standard is 16 pixels, large is 32 pixels - the same height as an icon.
Please tell me what you think of these drivers by dropping me a note. Thanks!