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RESTORING NATIVE SCREEN RESOLUTION


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#1 JayJax

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 11:58 AM

SOMEHOW I have screwed up my screen resolution and I have tried following instructions to restore but its not working - whatever I manage to reset it to I get a message that its not set right but there are only 3 choices that it lets me choose none of which are the ones they say I need.  I am going by my screen size (15 inches) - I don't know how much of this is responsible but the clarity and sharpness of the screen seems "off" too.

 

PART OF THE PROBLEM is that I cannot access the bottom part of the screen to accept or cancel setting - there is something, a menu bar or something depending on the program which shows where the accept/cancel option is.

 

Seems this should be simple to fix but I've been trying to fix periodically for over a month so if you can help it would make my day and I would bless you forever (not that counts for anything though since I'm just a regular joe/schmuck) !  :bowdown:



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 12:06 PM

What's Your display/monitor and what is the recommended resolution in pixels.

What is currently in use. If You don't know, visit this page (my site) and it shows.

Some default resolutions

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Edited by zainmax, 15 July 2017 - 12:33 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2017 - 01:06 PM

853 x 480 is what it shows at your link but that is not what I have it set at - its supposed to be 1280 x 720 so obviously I don't know what I'm doing this is very confusing for something that seems like it should be straightforward.   How can i have it set at one thing and it says something else?

 

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 01:28 PM

The ratio of the measurements is correct, probably there is a problem with the driver or settings, it is unlikely that the video card, but never say never...
Perhaps there is someone who knows better.
 
Sorry, I forgot to ask - is this the only problem or is there something else weird, something seems not to be as should?

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 02:22 PM

 

The ratio of the measurements is correct, probably there is a problem with the driver or settings, it is unlikely that the video card, but never say never...
Perhaps there is someone who knows better.
 
Sorry, I forgot to ask - is this the only problem or is there something else weird, something seems not to be as should?

 

Thanks, its just that nothing appears to "fit" - this is one of the most confusing things ever -- how is one to know what their settings are or are supposed to be?  My laptop will probably need replacing before long.   The online instructions about this make no sense.

 

Other than exploring / getting info about which laptop to buy everything seems to be functioning relatively well.



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 04:14 PM

Since you have posted in the Win 8/8.1 OS section is it safe to assume you are running a laptop on this OS ?

 

If this is the case, and in almost any Windows OS I am familar with, RIGHT click on a blank piece of your desktop. This brings up a small menu with, second bottom, an entry 'Screen resolution'. Click on this and the screen resolution panel will appear. Almost exactly in the middle of this screen you will see an option box labelled 'Resolution'. It should show something like '1366 x 768 (Recommended)'. If it doesn't, click on the down pointing arrow at the end of this box and you will get a slider. Move the slider to the top of the scale then click 'Apply' then 'OK'.

 

You may get a screen asking if you wish to keep these changed settings, accept, and that's it

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:00 AM

Since you have posted in the Win 8/8.1 OS section is it safe to assume you are running a laptop on this OS ?

 

If this is the case, and in almost any Windows OS I am familar with, RIGHT click on a blank piece of your desktop. This brings up a small menu with, second bottom, an entry 'Screen resolution'. Click on this and the screen resolution panel will appear. Almost exactly in the middle of this screen you will see an option box labelled 'Resolution'. It should show something like '1366 x 768 (Recommended)'. If it doesn't, click on the down pointing arrow at the end of this box and you will get a slider. Move the slider to the top of the scale then click 'Apply' then 'OK'.

 

You may get a screen asking if you wish to keep these changed settings, accept, and that's it

 

Chris Cosgrove

Thanks, that's what I've been trying to do - but I'm confused why you say it should be 1366 x 768 when above with the other setting you said it was right?   I did change the settings for type/font size which seems to have helped somewhat and better than it was so what with your information and this change its an improvement so thanks for your help.



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:39 AM

I'm confused why you say it should be 1366 x 768 when above with the other setting you said it was right?


We have no way to know what the native resolution is for your screen, as we don't know what model of computer you have. Examples given are just of what might be expected. When you said 1280x720, do you know for certain that is the native resolution of the screen?

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:57 PM

The only thing I said was 'right' was 'Right Click' !

 

The 1366 x 768 I used as an example is the native resolution of the laptop I fired up to check that Win 8/8.1 worked the same as any other Windows laptop. Regardless, if you push that slider to the top of its range you will be at the native resolution for your screen - whatever it is. Usually there is no reason to move the screen resolution off this setting.

 

Changing the font size settings does not affect screen resolution, it just effectively changes the fonts in buttons and menus from say 10 point to 12 or 14 point.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:44 PM

 

I'm confused why you say it should be 1366 x 768 when above with the other setting you said it was right?


We have no way to know what the native resolution is for your screen, as we don't know what model of computer you have. Examples given are just of what might be expected. When you said 1280x720, do you know for certain that is the native resolution of the screen?

 

I don't know then the purpose of going to the link Zainmax provided when I was asked if I knew what it was or anything.   I appreciate his help but now I'm more confused than ever.  It's working so I guess I will leave it at that.   My computer tells me I'm not at the right resolution but that changes based on whatever its set on.   The whole thing is frustrating.   I'll just leave it as it is but I appreciate everyone's efforts to help.  If a moderator can delete this thread I should not have opened it, sorry.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:48 PM

The only thing I said was 'right' was 'Right Click' !

 

The 1366 x 768 I used as an example is the native resolution of the laptop I fired up to check that Win 8/8.1 worked the same as any other Windows laptop. Regardless, if you push that slider to the top of its range you will be at the native resolution for your screen - whatever it is. Usually there is no reason to move the screen resolution off this setting.

 

Changing the font size settings does not affect screen resolution, it just effectively changes the fonts in buttons and menus from say 10 point to 12 or 14 point.

 

Chris Cosgrove

I don't know, its working well enough - I can't remember anymore how it was or why it got changed but it did but as confusing as it is I'm just going to leave it as is.  I appreciate your input but had I known how confusing the whole thing is and remains I should have not pursued the whole thing and wasted everyone's time.   I don't know the purpose of the link Zainmax gave me if I'm now told there's no way to know.  The whole thing has gotten too convoluted and confusing - I don't know what my native resolution is, why/how it was changed or what its on now..   I'll just deal with it as it is but I appreciate everyone's efforts to help but I won't pursue it further as I don't want to take up anymore of your time.


Edited by JayJax, 17 July 2017 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:36 AM

Why not tell us what model of computer we're dealing with so we can find out for sure what the correct screen resolution is and give more precise assistance? If it is a laptop, the brand and complete model number, if it's a desktop system, the brand and full model number of the monitor.

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 01:13 PM

Why not tell us what model of computer we're dealing with so we can find out for sure what the correct screen resolution is and give more precise assistance? If it is a laptop, the brand and complete model number, if it's a desktop system, the brand and full model number of the monitor.

PLEASE DISREGARD THE TWO ATTACHMENTS I MEANT TO ADD THEM TO ANOTHER THREAD AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO DELETE THEM.

 

I have two computers - this is about the Dell Laptop - this is from my Profile and it is mainly about the laptop/Windows 8.1  but i will check and see if I can gather more information.

 

 

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