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Screen messed up after reverting to old resolution


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#1 blub

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:42 PM

The monitor for my older computer is 17" and I have the resolution set at 800x600. Today I changed it to 1024x768 to see if a website would display correctly (it didn't) and when I changed it back to 800x600, it's all messed up. The right side and bottom of the desktop fall off the edges of the screen by a lot. This has never happened before. I tried restarting the computer, but that didn't help. I could adjust the settings on the monitor to fix it, but then I would have to change their default settings which I've used for years. I shouldn't have to adjust the monitor to fix this problem, because something else is causing the problem. Even the 1024x768 resolution isn't displaying correctly. Does anyone know how to get everything back to normal without changing the monitor settings?

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:59 PM

What are the default settings for the monitor?

In any case...you can uninstall your current video drivers...reboot...and Windows will restore what it considers proper, using the default driver in its reserve.

At that point, you can attempt to install the correct video driver, if such was not installed on the reboot...and then adjust the onscreen resolution used.

The video drivers should be available for download from your system manufacturer's website, if you don't have the drivers CD which came with the system.

Louis

To uninstall current video drivers: Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. Scroll down to Display Adapters, click plus-sign, double-click the detailed item now revealed...click Driver tab, click uninstall, click OK.

Edited by hamluis, 14 September 2011 - 04:02 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

As it turns out, the computer (or monitor) changed the refresh rate to 70Hz, which caused it to display the 800x600 resolution incorrectly. I've never had this happen before though. Weird.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:32 PM

It's a Windos setting, I never give that one a thought...I just checked and my default on this monitor is 60.

All good now?

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