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How to return to default setting?


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#1 Mike_K

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 07:23 AM

Hi all,

I messed up the settings on my laptop computer and can't get back to where it was. A few weeks ago I was trying to increase the screen brightness so I could see the screen in low light while on battery. Unfortunatly I don't remember everything I tried and system restore doesn't work. (does system restore ever work?) Now the text and/or colors are messed up and I want to get back to the original settings.

Using dictionary.com as an example: In the box where you type the word you want to look up the "go" button is invisible. The cursor changes from an arrow to a hand when over it and it works but you can't see it. Also when you look up a word the definition text is so large only a few words fit on the screen at a time. The text size under the view tab is set to smallest. Other text and pictures on the screen seem normal. It is just the definition text that is oversized.

It's a Dell Latitude D520 with Windows XP professional 2002 with service pack 2.

Thanks for any help

Mike
HP a6009n, windows vista home premium SP2, AMD 64X2 dual core processor 3800+, 2.00GHz, 3G ram, 32 bit operating system, AOL

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 01:11 PM

Did you mess with display settings in the Advanced portion? DPI settings, perhaps?
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#3 Mike_K

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 08:14 AM

Yes that is possible. How do I reset them?

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 10:20 AM

Control Panel>Display>Settings. See what your colors are set at. Should be 32 bit and what resolution you're using.
Click on the advanced tab, In the general section, DPI should be either 96 (smaller type) or 126.
You might want to update your video driver:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...p;fileid=205126

Click on the + by installation for instructions
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Posted 31 October 2008 - 05:06 PM

Thanks. Tried that and it didn't work. I guess it's time to call Dell

Mike
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