You may not even know that the quality is diminished
and that you are not seeing the artwork as intended by the web designers,
who have spent a lot of time and effort creating their images. The
problem appears to be only with AOL and is easy to fix.
AOL subscribers are not directly wired to the Internet.
Access to the web is through a series of AOL servers that filter what you
When the AOL filter detects a graphic image, the artwork is automatically sent to an AOL compression computer before sending it to you. Although this saves you a few seconds, the result is the mutilation of the images.
If you see distortions, colour bands, black or grey blocks (mainly with JPG or JPEG pictures), this is because the graphics are being viewed with the AOL internal browser while the graphics compression is turned on.
If you see very wide images that look squashed width wise, it's because JPEG's wider than 640 pixels will be re-sized to a width of 640 pixels after being compressed by the AOL software.
The good news is that you can disable AOL
graphics compression, after which you will have access to the same
quality of art enjoyed by the non AOL world.
If after disabling AOL compression, you feel the wait for the images to load is now too long, you may re-enable AOL graphics compression at any time.
Here is the solution:
Note: Disabling the graphic compression feature on
AOL will increase the time it takes to load art (the first time). In most
cases, load time is increased by seconds, but if you have a very slow modem
or connect to AOL during heavy traffic periods, you may find the wait period
too long, in which case you can just repeat the steps below and re-enable
If you followed all the instructions on this page, and your graphics still look distorted, don't panic.
The most common problem related to the AOL graphics compression lies inside the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. Like a virus, the AOL Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) get inside the Microsoft browser and hijacks the ".jpg" and ".jpeg" extensions, converting them to AOL ".x-jp" extensions, distorting the graphics viewed in the Microsoft browser, even if you are not connected to the web through the AOL browser. Fortunately, this does not occur in any of the Netscape browsers.
Here's the solution:
You may be experiencing trouble with web graphics
because you have an early model computer with low resolution or
Most web pages today are optimized for 24 bit colour
and 800x600 screen resolution.
On Windows 95, here's how to check:
Click the following sequence:
Once inside the Display window, click Settings and confirm or change the following settings:
Also, did you know you can use Netscape over your AOL connection? It shows the WWW the way it's meant to be seen. Just establish the AOL connection, start Netscape, and surf to...
http://www.redinger.co.uk (copy and paste into Netscape)
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