Why is Windows 98 SE not full screen?

Well, i just installed Win98 SE on an old laptop but the resolution is 640 x 840. I can't move the cursor to a higher res. Any thoughs?
 

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Vistaar

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Welcome to 1998. DVD is the latest thing, and that’s plenty of resolution to play one. TV is still analog, there is no such thing as YouTube, and h.264 hasn’t been developed yet. Enjoy!
 

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i'm just waiting for a CD-R pack i ordered from ebay so i can transfer al the drivers from the dell site which fortunately still has them. But it's weird though because it should be something that i imagine should be already in the OS once installed. I mean there were laptops in 1998 .
 

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townsbg

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i'm just waiting for a CD-R pack i ordered from ebay so i can transfer al the drivers from the dell site which fortunately still has them. But it's weird though because it should be something that i imagine should be already in the OS once installed. I mean there were laptops in 1998 .
The question isn't if there were laptops in 98 but if the manufacturer has drivers for 98. If that isn't a laptop from that era then likely not (however without additional information we can't know for sure). Later versions of Windows (starting with Vista) have more integrated drivers but not for video. The only graphics drivers built into Windows provide basic lower resolution display. If there aren't any from the manufacturer for 98 then your display won't get any better unless you can write your own drivers. You would have been better off putting 98 on as a virtual machine. I don't know what you plan on doing with that computer but don't expect to be able to do much on the internet. IE (version 5) is way out of date, there are components such as video codecs that didn't exist yet, and the html version is extremely old. Remember it's been 22 years. The net has evolved a lot since then. At the time is was likely just bulletin boards and news groups. Everything was very basic. That era even predates Youtube, Firefox, and Chrome. You might want to read up on the history of the internet to find out what existed.

 
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The question isn't if there were laptops in 98 but if the manufacturer has drivers for 98. If that isn't a laptop from that era then likely not (however without additional information we can't know for sure). Later versions of Windows (starting with Vista) have more integrated drivers but not for video. The only graphics drivers built into Windows provide basic lower resolution display. If there aren't any from the manufacturer for 98 then your display won't get any better unless you can write your own drivers. You would have been better off putting 98 on as a virtual machine. I don't know what you plan on doing with that computer but don't expect to be able to do much on the internet. IE (version 5) is way out of date, there are components such as video codecs that didn't exist yet, and the html version is extremely old. Remember it's been 22 years. The net has evolved a lot since then. At the time is was likely just bulletin boards and news groups. Everything was very basic. That era even predates Youtube, Firefox, and Chrome. You might want to read up on the history of the internet to find out what existed.

Thank you for all the info. Yes, i'm aware about Win98 and it's limitations. As far as what my plans for this laptop is, i just want to restore it. It's a hobby of mine, even though i won't be able to do much with it. The laptop is a Dell CPI D233ST which supports a max res of 800x600 pixls. It needs NeoMagic 2160 as the video controller which is already installed but as i mentioned in 1st post, it doesn't let me slide the cursor from 640 x 840 in the display settings. I'm still waiting for the CD pack so i can reinstall the driver from Dell's site. Maybe Win98 didn't install properly...? I don't know because everything else seems perfect.
 

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wither 3

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I never used Win 98 (I did use Win 95) so I don't know if the same options exist as in Vista.

If you right click on the desktop, are you able to select Personalize. If you can, then select Display Settings and the default monitor. Can you adjust the resolution there or does NeoMagic take it over?
 

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