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#1 gerry58

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:12 PM

When starting up the PC the display is a 2" x 2" square and I cannot read anything. Also is the same way in safe mode. Everything was fine yesterday when I shut down. I seem to remember this problem on another PC in the past and it was related to a registry change. I would try system restore but everything is too small, the icons are only dots. Any ideas to try?

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 01:00 PM

Laptop or desktop?
What make/model?
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 09:00 PM

Can you boot into Safe Mode? The screen resolution is usually larger in this mode.

If you can try performing a System Restore.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.

When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.

The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that you want and then click Next> to start the System Restore. This may take a long time to complete, and when it is done it will restart your computer. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

Is the computer the Compaq Presario SR1550NX that you posted about previously?

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:54 AM

These display is the same in safe mode, and this is a laptop, Fujitsu.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:18 AM

Update on this issue:
The desktop icons are mostly normal it is really just the print that is font size 1 or smaller (not readable), If you pull up the properties window for the display, you cannot navigate because you cannot read any of the tabs or words. I searched for spyware and found none. Looking for more suggestions.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:20 AM

Do you have an external monitor that you can use to see if you can navigate in the operating system with?

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:23 AM

tried that, and the picture is the same. It seems like something got messed up in the registry, any other thoughts than reloading?

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:49 AM

What is the model of this Fujitsu?

Do you have a installation disk for your version of XP? Home or Pro.

If you do, see what happens when you boot from the CD. If the size is normal try doing a repair installation. This will not affect your data.

Boot the computer from the XP CD. You may need to change boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order.

When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.
You do not want to choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R.

Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair isn't one of the option end the installation, this will mean that you will need to do a fresh installation of XP.

The repair will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot, the repair installation will continue after the reboot.

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