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Monitor Screen Shrinkage?


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#1 Yunalesca

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:34 PM

Heya,

Hope this is in the right section....

My cousin has a laptop that is Inspiron 8200 Dell - Windows Vista with SP2

... now the thing is for some reason their monitor viewing screen is shrinked (the text and icons)... when you try to change the resolution, it just gets smaller and around it is all black (black surrounding the "viewing" area) and if we do enlarge it as big as possible, the text and icons are still just as small.... another example.... if you look up at this screen where the "Home, Forums, Tutorials" icons are at they are shrinked even when I enlarge text or change resolution

http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/4072/18570440xc0.jpg

For example... my cousin plays Runescape and the playing screen size is 1/2 that of what it normally should be at - another example the text on the tabs of firefox is really really small

Under Display Setting the display is: (Multiple Monitors) on NVIDIA GeForce2 Go (Microsoft Corporation)

Any ideas what's wrong?

It is really hard to read things and after a while my eyes hurt

Edited by Yunalesca, 19 March 2008 - 05:38 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

Take a look in Device Manager Expand the +'s and look for yellow exclamation points. If it were me, the first thing I would try is updating the video driver
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#3 Billy O'Neal

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:15 PM

Windows Vista with SP2?

Ill assume thats XP.

You want to go to Control Panel -> Display
Click the Appearance tab
Click Advanced
In the "Item" dropdown box, select icon
Size should be 32 by default

Try changing that size. Does that fix it?

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:26 PM

Look through the options in the BIOS setup menus, it sounds like the screen may have the option to interpolate disabled. That would mean the screen itself will maintain a pixel-for-pixel relationship, so instead of a lower resolution expanding to fill the screen, it only occupies the smaller number of pixels in the centre with the inactive pixels forming a black edge.

If there is this option in the BIOS, I can't say for sure what it will be called, but it may include "interpolation" in its name.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:41 PM

Look through the options in the BIOS setup menus, it sounds like the screen may have the option to interpolate disabled. That would mean the screen itself will maintain a pixel-for-pixel relationship, so instead of a lower resolution expanding to fill the screen, it only occupies the smaller number of pixels in the centre with the inactive pixels forming a black edge.

If there is this option in the BIOS, I can't say for sure what it will be called, but it may include "interpolation" in its name.


There may also be a scaling setting in the Display control panel applet to change this setting, inside of the nVidia software.

Here's what that setting looks like on my machine, though yours will differ slightly, because I'm on Vista.
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