AOL's web browser doesn't automatically display
photographic images at the best quality level possible.
Here are some instructions for anyone using AOL who is encountering
the "blurry" and "yellowed" photos in
their web browsers.
Your AOL web browser may not be setup to display
photos at the best quality possible. There are 2 reasons
that this might be the case:
The first reason is that AOL gives you an
option to view web graphics in either "Compressed"
or "Uncompressed" mode. The "Uncompressed"
graphics is the better setting. Here are the instructions
for setting your AOL web browser to display graphics at
the better quality level ("uncompressed"):
Instructions for AOL 3.0 users
In the AOL menu at the top of the screen,
click on "Members"
Then click on "Preferences"Then click the "WWW"
Then make sure that the "Uncompressed Graphics"
option is selected
Then click the "OK" button
Instructions for AOL s4.0 user
Click on "My AOL" in the AOL Toolbar
at the top of the screen
Then click on "Preferences" Then click on "WWW"
Then click on the tab for "Web Graphics"
Then make sure that the "Use compressed graphics"
box is NOT selected.
Then click the "OK" button
The second reason that your AOL web browser might be doing
a poor job of displaying photos is that your PC may be setup
to display at only "256 color" mode. The full
version Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape will display
photos clearly at the "256-color" setting, but
AOL's web browser (a modified version of Microsoft Internet
Explorer) will display photos with a "yellowish"
and "blurry" quality in "256-color"
mode. If your PC can display at a higher level than "256-color"
mode, then you can improve your AOL web browser's image
quality. Here's how to increase the color-mode level on
your PC: Setting the color-setting for Windows 95:
Right-click on the Windows "Desktop" area. Click
Click the tab for "Settings"
You should now see the settings for "Color Palette"
and "Desktop Area" Since there are many different
types of graphics cards and monitors, I can not tell you
what options are available to you under these 2 settings.
If your "Color Palette" is set to 256 (8-bit)
colors and you're given the option to increase it to a higher-level,
this is where you would do that. The number of possible
color-levels that you can choose from depends on how much
"Graphics Memory" your computer has (1 or 2 or
4 or 8). Setting the color-setting for Windows 3.1:
If you are still using Windows 3.1, then you might be out
of luck. If your computer did not come with a program that
lets you switch your color-settings, then you will not likely
be able to change your color-settings.
8-bit = 256 colors
16-bit = 64,000 colors
24-bit = 16.7 million colors
32-bit = billions of colors