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#1 rlprlp

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:23 PM

We had an unfortunate accident last night, and broke our monitor. After checking out three different stores, it was obvious that the widescreens were the new thing. (Between three stores, at least 50 widescreens; maybe 7, tops, "regular".) Anyway, my question:

I followed all the instructions on set-up: changed the settings to 1440 x 900 and 60Hz, and installed the monitor driver. My wife has a small collection of simple $20 video games, like Polar Bowler and Scrabble. The games are stretching to take up the entire screen, and hence, the image is distorting. I'm sure that you know what I mean; circles are now ovals, squares are now rectangles. Is there a way to make these games "full screen" without the distortion? Just like when you watch a regular TV show on a widescreen TV; with the vertical black bars on the sides? These games can be played in windowed mode, but on none of them are you able to re-size the window,so you are stuck with a window that is rather small.

I don't know what information may be relevant, but here's a start: HP Pavilion Desktop with Windows XP Home SP2; new monitor is an LG L196WTQ; and I'm not sure myself, but is this the graphics driver?: Intel® 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:15 PM

Modern games come with aspect ratios made specifically for widescreen monitors. If there isn't an option to change the aspect ratio in the settings then you are probably out of luck; there isn't much you can do.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 01:20 AM

If I remember correctly, those old Wild Tangent games only recognize 4:3 ratio monitor resolutions, not 16:9

Here is the only thing that I could find at the web site: http://wildtangent.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wi...amp;p_topview=1
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 06:13 AM

You can try to create a separate hardware profile that'll load the different vid card settings for the games, you can adjust the screen settings in the Display properties dialog (Settings tab), or you can try and create a shortcut that "may" allow you to set the sizing. Also, things like the nVidia nView software may allow changing this.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 06:52 AM

Thank you for the advice, guys. I may try the shortcut idea, John. If that turns out to be too much of a chore, then I guess we'll just have to get used to it! I will stay tuned to this thread for at least a few more days, though, in case anyone else may know a trick.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 08:31 PM

Ultramon allows you to set hotkeys to the differnet profiles. . .But I don't know what limitations the trial has. I also don't even know if it would solve your problem, but its worth checking out.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 07:26 AM

I spent over an hour trying to research John's idea, and I still have no idea how I would go about doing it. And even then, I acknowledge the fact that John was very clear that he didn't even know if it would actually work.

It's just a handful of simple games. They look funny now, but in time, we'll get used to them. I'm going to call this one quits.

Thank you again, everybody.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 07:42 AM

I've used the hardware profile trick for a while - and it's a real PITA (requires a choice each time you boot). I eventually gave up on it, and suspect that you'd have ended up the same way.

BTW - there might be a switch/button on the monitor or in it's menu that will allow you to easily set it to 4:3 aspect ratio - and then you won't have to hassle with anything else for the games. I've got one built into my TV that I can change with a remote - don't know the details about monitors controls tho'.
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Posted 22 July 2007 - 03:05 PM

Yeah, our widescreen LCD TV has aspects that are easily accessed, too. But this monitor doesn't offer any such option. I've been through the manual forwards and backwards. Thanks for a good idea, though.




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