When I exit from a game named MAFIA II, the screen looks like blended colors
mostly with pink and transparent glass. I can’t read anything on the screen. I
don’t have a graphics card. I have 2 GB of RAM, an Intel Pentium dual core
processor, I have 2.7 gHz. What is the problem and how can I solve it?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #47, I look at a case where a game is changing the display mode
on a computer and not reverting it on exit.
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Well, I do beg to differ with you on at least one point. You absolutely
have a graphics card. It may not be a separate card, but you most definitely have a
graphics adapter of some sort. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have any screen at
What usually happens in cases like this is that the game has set the
graphics card to a different video mode and then not restored that mode when it
Restore the video mode
The approach, if you can figure out enough of what you can see on the
You might try right-clicking on the desktop and hitting Screen
properties and then changing the resolution to something that you
know your system supports.
Another approach might be to attach an external monitor to that machine and
see if that monitor handles whatever video mode the thing is left in.
But, ultimately, what it boils down to is that, like I said:
The game has changed the video mode to be something that it needs;
And it did not restore the video mode when it finished;
And Windows wasn’t made aware of that;
So Windows doesn’t know what to do or doesn’t think that anything has
changed and continues to treat the display as if it’s in the original mode,
not the mode that the game left it in.
You might want to check with the game’s manufacturer to see if they have a
specific fix for this problem.
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