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Screen resolution gets "stuck" after going fullscreen into a different resolution

Q: Screen resolution gets "stuck" after going fullscreen into a different resolution

This problem started happening about a week ago and I've never had a problem like this before. The problem is that often (but not always) when I start a game, it goes into full screen and it will usually change the resolution like mosts games do, except when I either exit the game normally, or alt+tab out of it, the resolution does not change back to normal. I have my desktop resolution set at 1024x768 normally. This seems to hold true for almost all my games. Even the windows screensaver causes the same problem if it changes the resolution.

After this happens, if I go into display properties and try to change any settings whether it is resolutuon, color depth, or even the refresh rate. I get an error that says it can't be done and I probably don't have administrative rights. The only way to fix it is to reboot the computer.

My graphics card is a Nvidia GeForce4 MX 420. Around when the probelms started I updated the drivers to some beta drivers from the Nvidia site. I assumed those might be the cause so I downgraded to the latest official foreceware drivers which I had installed before. The only other things I can think of that I have installed before the problem occoured was the new Microsoft Anti-spyware but I doubt that would have caused it.

Does anyone have any idea what is causing this problem? I am out of ideas...

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Preferred Solution: Screen resolution gets "stuck" after going fullscreen into a different resolution

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It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

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Hi all,

Just installed Windows 7 on my laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad SL 300, dual-booted with GNU/Linux. The laptop came with Windows Vista long ago but I wiped that and have been running just linux for ages, but now I need both OSs available. Everything worked fine under Vista.

Throughout the installation and afterwards I found myself with a resolution of 800x600 and only 16 colours; this was very clearly wrong as things looked pretty weird and I later checked the numbers. After installing I let Windows Update do its thing and then installed the latest drivers for my GPU, an nVidia G 105m, from the nVidia website. But the colours remained broken.

I opened up Device Manager and found my GPU which had a yellow ! next to it, and got the message "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12)". So it looks like Windows is using integrated graphics rather than the GPU?

I found this page on the Lenovo website which has instructions for installing a "monitor file" which says is needed when you use non-pre-installed Windows: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/deta...cID=MIGR-62923

... however when trying to follow the instructions lower down on that page, under the Monitor tab in the Advanced Settings dialog accessed from Screen Resolution, the Properties button was for me greyed out, so I couldn't do what it said.

What could be wrong?

Many many thanks.

A:"Code 12" on laptop GPU; stuck on 16 colours and 800x600 resolution

D'oh. Disabled something I shouldn't have in the BIOS. Sorry to bother y'all.

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Hey. I recently reformatted my hard drive. Although I have a Dell XPS laptop, I didn't have the disc and reformatted it using my friend's Dell Inspiron disc. We did, however, log into my account on the Dell site and we installed the drivers that originally came with my system.

Everything seems to be fine, except for two problems... (1) the screen resolution feels "squished", like the dimensions aren't right, and (2) when I go to shut down, the option to stand by is greyed out.

Any thoughts?

A:"stand by" option greyed out / screen resolution squished

This seems like your video card drivers aren't installed correctly. I would double check what model video card you have. Go to the Dell site and plug in your Service Tag #. That should pull up what drivers you need to load. If the video drivers aren't loaded correctly it may very well cause the standby/hibernate function to not work.

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Alright, so I was trying to fix something earlier. Something for my iPod. And then to finish the settings they told me to reboot my computer. I did. When it came back up, my screen had "shifted' or "changed the maximum resolution". I don't know what caused this (maybe windows update?) or why it happened. All I know is that my default, and my recommended resolution for my laptop is 1366x768. When I had rebooted my laptop, it says that the default, and recommended maximum screen resolution is 1280x800. I'll post a picture below.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that this is EXACTLY what the screen looks like from my POV. Yes, even the taskbar looks like that. Also, I edited in the black bar on the right side because it exists there for some reason. My mouse pointer can't go there though. The black bar on the top just indicates that my wallpaper doesn't fit completely.

Can I please have some help on how to fix this? (I've tried shutting down, and restarting too)

A:Windows 7 "changed highest screen resolution" WTF?

Alright, so I was trying to fix something earlier. Something for my iPod.

So do a Syatem Restore to a date before you did what you did!

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Hello, ill try to be as detailed as possible hopefully this makes sense.
I was fooling around on the microsoft office programs , right clicking/properties, and checkmarking the "run in 256 colors" and "run in 640 x 480 screen resolution" etc.... then after clicking them off, my Windoes 7 theme went to the crappy old grey and black borders.... the real problem is when i Go to control panel/ appearance and personalization/personalization and the page with the themes pop up...... I am able to use the transparency features but when I click on, "window" color near the bottom then "advanced appearance settings" then the picture attached will describe the window is showing the old version... i feel as if there is a compatability issue somewhere causing this problem... i went back to the microsoft office files to make sure everything was clicked off etc. and even deleted the microsoft folder but the problem still consists. any help on when i can do?

A:clicked "run in 640 x 480 screen resolution" problem

This screen is for color and appearance when the Windows Basic or Ease of Access theme is selected Click on an item (element) to see the name and settings - change as desired, click Apply, click OK.


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After connecting my new laptop to the my 30" tv with an HDMI cord and then removing it later, the resolution was messed up. I received a notification bubble saying that my resolution was at the recommended settings. I went to my screen resolution settings and the slider said it was at 1366x768 ,which is the max on my computer, but below was a warning saying, "Your resolution is lower than 1200x900. Some items might not fit on your screen". If there is any way I can fix this please let me know.


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When trying to check Yahoo e-mail, I get the message, "Screen Resolution Problem". Running Win 7 on new HP g6-1b60 notebook. I followed their instructions, but the msg keeps coming up.

No drivers show any indication of problems when checking computer>properties.

I can't find a solution on other posts, so any help is greatly appreciated!


A:"Screen resolution problem"

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How do I get "Screen Resolution" (on desktop, right click and select Screen Resolution) to show my main monitor as "1"?


A:Question On "Screen Resolution"

Hello jko,

The tutorial below can help show you how to set which display you want as your main display.

Main Display - Change in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I'm having an issue when i run fullscreen games on my PC. I have my tv hooked up to my one of my GTX970's via HDMI and my second screen hooked up via VGA to DVI. and when I launch one of my screen games the tv changes the resolution to the game and the second screen changes to what seems like the primary monitor and the resolution jumps way up to where one icon takes up like the whole screen almost. I would like to monitor my tempatures on my small screen but I cant with the resolution that high. then when I alt-tab out of the game it goes back to the native resolutions.

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Hi everybody, I had this very annoying problem, and maybe someone knows a solution.

Everytime I play a fullscreen game, and I stop, the following happens:
When my screen goes black (to save energy, I don't have a screensaver), and when I hit a key to light my screen up again, the resolution has changed. The resolution my pc jumps to varies with the games I play, for instance, when I play Super Smash Bros (on a Nintendo 64 emulator), the resolution is set to its lowest (800x600), and when playing Braid, it jumps to 1280x768 pixels. A list of my screen resolutions:


Is there any way to solve this problem? Because everytime I reset the resolution to 1366x768, the icons on my Desktop have changed places, this is really annoying.

Thanks in advance!


A:Fullscreen games effect screen resolution

For some users, this problem relates to a driver bug (primarily for NV cards). Though nv has never officially released a patch or something. Some report that the problem could be solved by reinstall the graphics driver if ur lucky enough.

Nevertheless to mention there's some opportunity that it's caused by system software interference. That is, some of your system related software interfere with each other and ultimately bring damage to your OS.

Sadly, there's no absolutely viable solution (except reinstalling your Vista) yet.

For the icon rearrangement issue, there're some software that manages your desktop themes can help u "remember" the icons' original locations. I cant really recall their names. U can search for some.

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I just got a new system, and it has a 17" flat screen. Which I thought would be good, since my eyes are getting a little weaker. But, as it turns out, everything is smaller!?
I changed the resolution, which makes things bigger, but really distorts things.
I have not read the book that came with it yet...
Is there a setting that would work better for this problem, that won't comprimise the clarity?

A:17 " flat screen resolution

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I just purchased a new PC for the first time in years. For many years I have been running my Dell Trinitron 17" CRT at a resolution of 800 x 600. The reason for this resolution was because I need the text to be a little bit bigger. Anything higher than that and everything is just too small for me.

Now.. my new PC comes with a 20" (widescreen) LCD monitor. It's obviously a little bit bigger than my Dell. What do you think would be a good resolution setting to work with that will enable the text to be a little bit bigger just as I had when I set my older monitor to 800 X 600.

Evidently most people have much better vision than me because almost no one I know goes with an 800 x 600 setting even if they do have an older monitor.

Any input on this would be very much appreciated.

Thank You


A:Monitor "resolution" suggestions for new 20" (widescreen).

Generally when you use the newer monitors the program will suggest the appropriate resolutions. I think we all use various resolutions dependent upon what we use the computer for. Videos require a higher resolution than other things. Go into your control panel and find your settings and determine what you want and can best use and or see. The higher the resolution the smaller the pixels and the smaller the resolution, (i.e., 800 x 600), the larger the pixels. In today's technology with the online graphics medium resolutions would probably be your best bet.
Check out the options for resolutions and determine your likes.

ps: congrats on your new buy. Hope you enjoy it.

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This is my first post in this forum, please I need some help regarding this issue.
I have Lenovo G50-45 15.6" laptop which has a native resolution set to 1920x768 which makes everything too congested.
I too have another 15.6" laptop which has a 1366x768 native resolution and this resolution is perfectly set, not too small not too big.
Initially my Lenovo G50-45 was set at 1366x768 only, but then I gave my laptop for repair and after that it changed to 1920x1080.
Is there anyway I can restore it back to the previous set resolution of 1366x768?


A:1920x1080 resolution on a 15.6" screen too small

Screen Resolution - Set for Displays in Windows 8

Here are a few ways so that you can try to change the resolution.

DPI Scaling Size - Change for Displays in Windows 8.1
You can try changing DPI settings as well

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I just bought an HP Pavillion dv6-7014nr and I love it! Except for one thing. I upgraded to the 1920x1080 screen to get the HD quality and the matte display. Everything on this screen is so tiny, its uncomfortable to read. I have increased the text size in windows to 130% dpi and I have downloaded and extension in Firefox to keep the zoom level I like. My problem is that with this increased DPI setting, the text in programs, such as iTunes gets cut off or overlaps. I was just wondering if there was a solution to this problem, or is it just something I have to live with?
Thanks very much!


A:[SOLVED] 1920x1080 screen resolution on a 15.6" Laptop Screen

1920x1080 doesn't suit everyone on a 15.6" screen as it's really more suited to large-screen external monitors (20" or more). It's big plus of course is that it gives you much more screen space to use for multi-tasking or using apps which have many palettes (like Photoshop). Personally I think 1920x1080 is way too high for the average laptop screen size unless you've got perfect eyesight.

If you don't need all that space, you may find that setting a lower resolution (and changing DPI & zoom levels back to their defaults) is more in line with what your eyesight can deal with. It probably won't look as pin-sharp as the native 1920x1080 resolution though, but at least you shouldn't get some app Windows extending beyond the screen edges.

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When my 5510 (i7-6820HQ + UHD screen) arrived one of the first things I tried was viewing one of the many 4K videos on YouTube (in Chrome), and I was disappointed to find that it kept stuttering / dropping frames. Selecting 2K video resolution (within YouTube) seemed to playback smoothly enough and was still better than the 1080p quality I was used to so I was happy enough with that in the short term and assumed that buggy drivers/firmware were to blame for the 4K stuttering, as surely the i7 CPU (plus either the integrated Intel HD 530 GPU or the Quadro M1000M GPU) would be capable of decoding & rendering 4K video at 60fps...
However, many months have passed, I've installed endless driver & firmware updates, and nothing has changed, if anything playback performance feels worse, and I've even found that watching 1080p Blu-ray rips fullscreen at 4K screen resolution results in stuttering video (even on 24fps videos) and out of sync sound in both MPC-HC or MPD - and that's with the EVR presenter selected in both apps. I've also tried setting the LAV Video Decoder filter to use QuickSync or CUVID but neither makes a difference.
Everything looks and feels like the CPU & GPU are doing all the right things and aren't working very hard (I've used CPU-Z and GPU-Z to keep an eye on load and nothing is maxing out, far from it, they're barely working at all - between 10-25% utilization depending on what I'm looking at) and the decoding is goin... Read more

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"windows can communicate with the name resolution server but can't find the host name"

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Hello, I have read several different threads all over the internet regarding a resolution problem in Windows 7 that has to do with the resolution, refresh rate, etc. I have tried to force a "custom" resolution using nVidia's Control panel, but it doesn't seem to do anything to fix the issues.

I have 2x22" monitors, and while using Windows XP, there was never a problem such as this.

It seems as if the monitor that is labeled as "Monitor 2" cannot have a proper 16:9 resolution set, and it is making "Monitor 2" be blurry.

Monitor 1 is set to 1680x1050, which is correct and everything is clear as day, but the best I can do for monitor 2 is 1600x1024, and that just makes it blurry and difficult to read, which is an extremely bad strain on my eyes.

Any solution or tips that I can try would be great, I was hoping a new driver would solve my problem so I was waiting for one to come out, but since the newest one came out yesterday 11/26, and it's been over a month Windows 7 is out, I am losing hope, so now I must ask for help.

Thank you so much for any help!

A:Dual Monitors, Monitor 2 "Blurry" Incorrect Resolution

1680 >>> 1600


1050 >>> 1024

is enough of a difference to makes things blurry? I don't think so. The difference is minute and practically indiscernable (less than 8%.)

You could try locating and installing the .inf for the 2nd monitor but 1600 might be the max resolution it can go.

You could also try making a custom res for the monitor.

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I have a Sceptre 32-Inch LCD TV (X322BV) and I use an ASUS GeForce 440 video card. I am connected to the TV using a top of the line HDMI cable that has ethernet built in. I was using this cable to connect my computer to the TV and it displayed fine at 1360x768. This was great for my games and all other programs I was using. I attempted to install a new game called Metro 2033 and when I launched the game, it must have detected that my system is really good and set to display the resolution in 1080p. Now my TV does not support this display and now won't show anything except in safe mode, where the resolution is set to 1024x768. I am just not sure of how to get the computer to now NOT display in 1080p when I boot up windows normally. I have tried using the F8 menu to reset the resolution and everything. I am a competent computer tech who has much knowledge. However, I am just not sure how to change a resolution when you can't even see the screen and you can't see the screen because you can't change the resolution. It's a catch-22. I will never understand engineers or programmers in the least. PLEASE HELP! I have even hooked it up to a 1080p TV and turned the resolution down but when I hook it back up to the 720p TV the settings are still set at 1080p for some reason. It's like whatever display it's connected to, that's what settings it's going to use automatically. I am just out of options except for a re-format. PLEASE HELP!

A:Resolution stuck at 1080p; Resolution changed by game

Before I re-install the OS I would try this:
Boot up in Safe Mode and log in with an Admin account.
Uninstall the Device and Driver for the Video Card (see link below).
Re-boot in Normal mode, and Windows should detect and re-install the device.
Go from there to update the driver as needed.
Uninstall Device and Device Driver - Vista Forums

If that one game is the problem, I'd uninstall it or search for answers how to configure it to not cause the problem.

I also suggest learning System Backup Imaging, so going forward you can easily recover from problems without re-installing the OS and all programs.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Imaging with free Macrium

Hope this helps,

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I accidentally pulled the plug out of my computer when it was in the middle of shutting down. Now that I've tried to reboot it, I get a screen saying:

Safe Mode
Safe Mode With Networking
Safe Mode With Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration
Start Windows Normally

Whenever I click on any of the options above, I always ends up back at the same screen, suggest the above options again. I've tried rebooting I again a few times but nothing works?

Any ideas?

A:Stuck on "Safe Mode"/"Last Known Good Configuration" Screen

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I recently purchased a new Windows 7 HP computer and intended to use my Acer AL2216W (22" widescreen) monitor with it. The monitor worked fine on my XP PC, at it's native 1680x1050 res. Now i get this new Win7 PC and it can't figure out the resolution.. It's not offering me the 1680x1050, the closest i can get is 1600x1200.... THe PC didn't come with a graphics crad, it's just using onboard intel graphics, however, since this monitor is having probs i've hooked up my wife's monitor, which is an acerx213h (native res 1920x1280) and it works fine and when that monitor is hooked up, Win7 even gives me the 1680x1050 option, although that looks funny on that monitor.

when i right click and do the screen resolution change thing, the control panel says my display is a 17" LCD Monitor when the 22" Acer AL2216W is hooked up...

i've downloaded the drivers, and when i have the 2216W hooked up, and i right click on my PC to manage it the device manager properly IDs each montior correctly (AL2216W and X213H)... Any tips here??

i'm using the VGA connectors, not the DVI.


A:Win7 thinks my 22" monitor is 17"! Resolution Probs!

hm did you update the intel drivers? or the monitor drivers?

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I have stumble upon a strange problem when my Monitor is off, Windows back to default 1024x768 resolution, when i turn on the monitor, resolution is OK, but windows positions and sizes are messed up from the previous resolution.

This is happening because some monitors power off completely and don't send signal to the PC so Windows is changing to "simulated" monitor with the default resolution of 1024x768 pixels.

While there is some fixes for older Windows versions, nothing have seems to work for Windows 10. So here is a tutorial on how to change the default 1024x768 resolution in Windows 10:

1. Open "Regedit" and navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers\Configuration\SIMULATED_10DE_13 C2_00000001_00000000_1300^6C7185C1F893FF6C2863DDD8BF5E4ABF\00"

2. Change the "PrimSurfSize.cx" and "PrimSurfSize.cy" to your desired values of resolution. Note that it must be changed in "demicial"

3. Then go to the second "00" and change "DwmClipBox.bottom" and "DwmClipBox.right", "PrimSurfSize.cx" and "PrimSurfSize.cy", "ActiveSize.cy" and "ActiveSize.cx"

4. That's it, now your windows sizes and positions won't bug when you turn off the monitor.

For more details you can read this topic at: Windows 7 movesresizes windows on monitor power cycle - Microsoft Community

A:Tutorial: How to change Windows 10 "default" resolution

Wow, Navuho, i had the same problem and it was driving me mad. I'm totally anal about my window positions. Glad i found this thread - you saved me from much anger, my friend.

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Hello and thanks for reading this thread. I am currently having a problem with my screen resolution. My resolution appears to be “locked” at 1024 X 768! I cannot raise or lower the resolution at all! Other symptoms of this problem:

- By using Display Properties, the resolution would not change.

- After clicking ‘Apply’, the “do you want to keep these settings?” dialogue box would appear, but the screen resolution would still be the same. (The resolution slider would still remain at 1024 X 768)

- Even the Colour Quality is “locked” at ‘Highest (32 bit)’.

- Whenever I play a video game, the resolution can be changed! I can even modify the resolution within the video game, but the resolution would become “locked” at 1024 X 768 again after exiting the video game.

- I even tried changing the resolution using the NVIDIA control panel, but the resolution does not change.

- I uninstalled the graphic drivers, but even without any graphic drivers, the resolution would not change!

- I installed new drivers, but the problem persisted.

- Now the resolution is stuck at 640 X 480 (since installing the new drivers), but whenever the “your display image quality can be improved...” speech bubble appears from the ‘NVIDIA Settings’ icon in my system tray, I am able to change the 640 X 480 resolution to the native resolution (1440 X 900) by clicking onto the speech bubble!

- I do not think that this is caused by a video card error, because all resolutions can actually wor... Read more

A:Solved: "Locked" Display Resolution

The problem is almost certainly caused by the graphics card, in particular the drivers. What graphics card are you using? Maybe you have the wrong drivers and we can find the right ones for you.
With the correct drivers I would uninstall the graphics card, reboot the system, reinstall the drivers, reboot the system again and see what happens.

I hope this helps

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I use "Align Icons to Grid" to line up icons on my Desktop. However, I find the resolution of the grid is too coarse. How can I reduce the icon spacing between icons for the "Align Icons to Grid" option?

A:Resolution for "Align Icons to Grid"

Read here: Desktop Icon Spacing - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

There used to be a way to do this through the GUI but I can't find it in Win 10.

Edit: Found this which uses DesktopOK to change the spacing graphically. I use DesktopOK to remember Desktop icon positions so being able to adjust spacing using the same program is great,

Customize icon spacing on the windows 10 desktop

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I use "Align Icons to Grid" to line up icons on my Desktop. However, I find the resolution of the grid is too coarse. How can I reduce the icon spacing between icons for the "Align Icons to Grid" option?

A:Resolution for "Align Icons to Grid"

Read here: Desktop Icon Spacing - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

There used to be a way to do this through the GUI but I can't find it in Win 10.

Edit: Found this which uses DesktopOK to change the spacing graphically. I use DesktopOK to remember Desktop icon positions so being able to adjust spacing using the same program is great,

Customize icon spacing on the windows 10 desktop

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Hey guys, I just got my 2nd monitor which is 27" instead of my old 24".
When I hooked my new monitor up via HDMI it had the same resolution as my other 24", with black borders around the screen.
Any way to make the 27" inch have higher resolution? I just looked it up, and I know that HDMI can have up to 2560x1600, and the same with my GPU which also can have up to 2560x1600.
So why cant I make my new monitor (27") have higher resolution than my older monitor (24") while using both screens? D:

Other info;
Older monitor 24" Asus w/ VGA, DVI, and HDMI.
New monitor 27" Samsung w/ VGA, HDMI.

Any help here?

A:AMD 7950 GPU - Dual monitor - 27" and 24" same resolution?

Can you provide us with the exact model number for the new monitor? Some monitors and TVs have a feature that must be turned off when using HDMI. The resolution might actually be the same but this feature (cant recall the name) is making it appear incorrectly. To change the actual resolution, right-click the desktop and select "Screen resolution."

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I am running into an issue, where sometimes my monitor seems to "split" the resolution, so there is this middle line running down the very middle of it, which appears to be empty, and it causes the screen to look split. It's sort of hard to describe, so please see the picture here: http://imgur.com/a/86Zx7 This seems to happen after the computer wakes up from sleep mode. Note that taking a screenshot doesn't show the issue, and I had to take that with my phone.
I am running windows 10 64 bit. I recently got a new graphics card, a radeon fury, which is updated to the latest drivers 16.7.3. This didn't happen before getting the new card, so I'm inclined to think it's related to that.
I have two monitors set up, one is a 144hz 1440p resolution (MG279q, displayport to mini displayport), and the other is 1080p 60 hz (hdmi). Previously, before I got the new graphics card I never ran into this issue.
The issue will go away if I switch the displayport stream between 1.2 to 1.1 and then back to 1.2, or if I restart the computer.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

A:Monitor resolution "split" in middle

Possible video setting is in demo mode ( although most report a verticle red line).

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Hi, this is a long thread and I would really appreciate it if someone takes the time to help me.
All my specs that I believe are relevant are listed below, tell me if something needs to be complemented.

I'm having problem with the resolution on my TV.
I just got my new graphics card, and for some reason my TV can't use the same resolutions anymore.

My previous card was a RADEON HD 5870.
With that card I could set my two monitors to "Duplicate" on 1680 x 1050.
As you can see, my TV's native resolution is 1280 x 720 so using higher resolutions makes text a little hard to read when using the desktop but 1680 x 1050 worked for it, it just didn't fill out the frames completely.
And when using it for games that I play with a controller, 1920 x 1080 was an almost PERFECT fit.
NOW with my new card, however, when I set everything like before; Duplicate on 1680 x 1050, my monitor works as good as always, but my TV suddenly seems too SMALL!

I'll try to explain.
Before, 1680 x 1050 worked but didn't fill out the screen completely (there was a little black frame between the TV-edges and the screen, understand?)
Now, 1680 x 1050 gives my TV blacks frames only to the LEFT and RIGHT.
The top/bottom stretches 1-2 CM OUTSIDE the TV (so that I only see the top of the Windows Taskbar).

When GAMING, and I keep using 1680 x 1050, my TV gets a little black frame again (just like on my previous card, but definitely a slightly SMALLER frame).
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A:Resolution "fit-issues" on my second monitor/TV.

C'mooooon, anyone?

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So I decided to plug my tablet into an HD monitor using HDMI, the tablet changes to 1280x720 which was expected, then I go to launch the Netflix app and it says resolution too low. I check all my other "metro" apps and they say the same thing. Is there a way to work around this?

My display chip is not happy at 1920x1080 and for what I'm watching the 720 streams would be better. I tried running Netflix through Media Center, but the processor is too low to make this work, same goes for a web browser like Firefox (a non-"metro" application).

A:"metro" apps won't run, resolution too low

try 1360x768, that's the minimum some apps will run at.

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Hi everyone.
All my experience is with XP, but my partners windows 7 laptop has this problem and I am stuck. it is a Dell laptop latitude E4300 about 4G ram, no external devices fitted.

Laptop starts to boot, I log in, "welcome" screen comes up but never finishes processing. Harddrive light keeps on pumping endlessly.
I tried to boot in "safe mode" and it stops at exactly the same spot.
I tried to run ?System restore?: I can pick a restore point OK, and it loads it but then gets stuck on ?finishing restore? (similar to the ?welcome screen? thing - it just keeps on processing )
?Start up repair? both from harddrive or dvd both say it cant find anything wrong.
Ran the command prompt. ?Sfc /scannow? it runs ?beginning verification phase of system scan? ? it gets to ?Verification 100%? then displays the line : ?windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation?
Any ideas of where I can go from here? all Ideas welcomed greatfully - she might expire without her laptop

A:stuck on "welcome" screen cant get "sfc /scannow" to work

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look at this Microsoft article: How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

When the system file checker runs it creates a log file, which should help you pinpoint which file couldn't be repaired.

However, if you can't get into Windows you might want to check this tutorial: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Did your partner create a set of Dell recovery discs or does she have a Windows 7 DVD?

If all else fails, you may have to re-install Windows.

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I am running Windows 8 64 bit

Apparently I scanned my system using full system scan (AVAST) and left my computer on thinking it would take for many hours. When I came back, my computer automatically shutdown because it was left standby for about 4 hours. I don't know if the scan was finished. When I try to boot, the screen gets stuck on "please wait" screen or "configuring windows. Do not turn off your computer".

I already tried going to System Recovery Options screen, then going to Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, but I tried everything there and still the issue persists even when I tried to boot in safe mode. I tried going to command prompt, and type sfc/ scannow but it says it can't scan right now. I also tried chkdsk / R but it says the same. I don't know how to run cmd as administrator from the System Recovery Options.

So now I tried to use system restore but I am stuck to the windows logo for about 1 and half hour. I don't know if I should wait for this or it is already stuck. In other forums I read, they used system restore with only the "C:" disk group connected. Should I also do this?

I am thinking to remove AVAST or somehow disable it.

Please help me.

A:[SOLVED] Stuck on "Please wait" screen or "Configuring windows. Do not turn off your

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Do you have your Windows 8 CD?

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Im running windows vista 32bit with a 22" wide screen monitor, i have a Nvidia Geforce GTX 285 graphics card. I cant remember the exact resolution i was running, but when i booted up this morning my resolution has gone down to 1024x768 and i cant adjust it any higher then that! Ive tried uninstalling the driver and re installing but same ol same ol. Any suggestions?


A:Stuck Screen Resolution

Can you open up the Nvidia control panel and see if you can adjust the display resolution there?

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Hello everyone.
I'm computer illiterate so please bear with me. After doing a clean install of Vista Ultimate x32bit on my PC, I have been unable to change my resolution, with the Display Settings menu showing me a 'generic monitor' title with the resolution slider stuck at low and the colour options being only Medium(16 bit). I installed the drivers for the monitor - HPw1907v - , and the Settings title change to my monitor name, but the slider and colour tab were still stuck. I then noticed that my Intel R Chipset had disappeared altogether from the Device Manager. I right-clicked on the top, > Add Legacy Hardware > Manually install hardware > Display adapters and got 3 results:

Intel R 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller ( XDDM )
Intel R 82865G Graphics Controller ( MS XDDM )
Intel R 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family ( XDDM )

I installed all of them, restarted, and got nothing. They're now in the device manager but the problem persists. When I right click on any one of them, they are all saying ' The device cannot start Code 10' ( half an hour ago, they were saying Code 38 ). I scoured the Intel site for drivers but I haven't found anything substantial and their driver utility thing hangs on 'Analysing your computer' Can anyone help me out? Thank you.

A:Screen resolution stuck at 640x480

If you can get into Device Manager still, right click on all the monitor and graphics devices and Remove them. Reboot. Windows should come back up and load the correct driver. At least it should load a generic VGA that gives 800x600 and you can go from there.

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Help ! please.
After installing SP1 my screen resolution changed and is stuck at 1280x800 my native resolution is 1920x1200.
My windows setting and invidia setting shows 1920x1200 but my display is huge and "my yahoo" advised me that the resolution is too low. In fact I only know my real resolution because Yahoo message.

A:Screen resolution stuck at 1280x800

Even though it's showing the native resolution already, try re-installing the graphics driver.

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I just installed XP Pro on my friend's computer. I did a clean install as her 2000 Pro had been taken over by a nasty virus.
All went well until I tried to correct the screen resolution. There is no drop down box with other options. My monitor and hers are both plug and play. I also tried a third monitor that is newer than hers or mine (wide screen). Same thing. I have tried to install the driver that came on the installation disks. It says it can't find it, even when I type the location in. I cannot go online with it, as the resolution is too low and won't let me use the internet wizard.
I have slaved her hard drive to mine and everything works fine. I also did a reinstall of XP Pro, thinking that maybe something hadn't installed correctly. Everything remains exactly the same.
I don't know what else to try. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thank you.

A:Screen Resolution Stuck 640x480

I think you need to install the video driver.How to update a Windows hardware driver

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Hey everybody,
I know this problem is quite common, yet I can't seem to find the solution. I recently decided to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 Ultimate (performed a full, clean installation on a blanked-out drive). The installation went well, but the problems began afterwards. No matter what I tried, and no matter how many times I tried, the screen resolution just won't change. I have a 22" screen (LG 2253) and a GeForce 9500GT graphics card. The screen resolution seems to be stuck on 800x600 and 16-bit, with no options of changing it. I tried installing the drivers Windows Update suggested, installing the latest nVidia drivers, the drivers for my monitor, changing the resolution in the nVidia control panel (forcing a resolution), and even installing a custom driver for my monitor, that I created using Powerstrip. I performed the WEI check, changed the theme, switched cables (from VGA to DVI and vice versa). I literally went through all of the posts on this board, and on others and tried every possible solution.

I'm really frustrated, and I'm starting to lean towards the option of reinstalling Windows XP.

Thanks in advance.

A:Screen Resolution stuck on 800x600 16-bit

Welcome to Seven Forums, foouser
So you go to this screen and it shows 800x600? Are you sure that you are plugged into your graphics card not your motherboard? Good luck with your problem.

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Hi. I'm new here and this is my first post. I looked around a little and found one other thread with a similar question, but the question wasn't really answered. I can't find anything on the net that doesn't confuse me so bad it makes my head hurt, so I thought I'd try asking here. Thanks in advance for any answers I get.

I will try and be as thorough as possible, although the resulting question will be simple. I'll start out with why I am asking the question to begin with.

So I am trying to play a game I used to play nearly ten years ago. It's a free online game called Continuum/Subspace and there are user created "zones" or variations of the game within the game (if that makes sense). I play in a zone called Trench Wars. It's a top down game, meaning you are looking down at your ship as if from above and the screen scrolls as you move to reveal more of the area (map) you are playing in. You are in a spaceship of your choice with varying weapons for each ship. The game requires aiming at your enemies before firing at them and anticipating their moves.

Well I noticed that playing at a higher resolution allows you to see more of your immediate area and expands your view of the map. It works just like your desktop in essence. The higher the resolution, the smaller the icons, but the more space you have. In the game, the higher the resolution, the smaller the ships are, but you can see more space around you. Obviously, this would give an advantage to anyone playing ... Read more

A:Forcing Screen Resolution Higher Than Native Resolution

Simple answer is: you can not go over the native resolution of LCD panel because its physical thing for each pixel lcd panel has a cell you can not have more pixels than there is physical pixels in that panel.

smaller than native resolutions achieved by grouping more than one cell to form pixel thats why non native resolution on lcd sometimes gets blurry or edgy

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Hi there, I am new here and am having some issues.
I have the latest updates for my video driver which is nvidia geforce 6150se nforce 430 and my monitor is a generic PnP monitor a 19 inch Sansui.
As the title says it's stuck on the same resolution can't change it at all and the screen seems stretched width wise. It only happened when I updated to windows 7 ultimate edition. Any assitance is greatly appreciated.

A:My screen appears stretched out and stuck on one resolution

I fixed it but it was odd I re downloaded my drives a second time and it wouldn't let me go higher but it let me go lower which it wouldn't do before so I tried going higher and it worked. Hope this somehow helps people who get this issue.

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Is it possible to make my resolution automatically get smaller when a video is in fullscreen and then return to normal when I exit fullscreen?

A:[SOLVED] Fullscreen Resolution

guess not........

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Hi, I have a sony Vaio VGN-SZ4XWN/C and recently installed Windows 7. Installation was fine, however the screen resolution does not go past 1024 x 768. The monitor is wide screen 1280x800 so would have hoped for this option.

I have tried these drivers
and it does not recognise the hardware

and this option from another post, which does not work
Vista drivers and utilities Sony Vaio SZ available | Trevin Chow

The Graphics card is NVDIA GeForce Go 7400 GPU.

any thoughts?

A:Windows 7 on Vaio Screen resolution stuck at 1024x768

Right click your video adapter under display adapters, in device manager. Properties, details tab, change dropdown box to hardware ids. Copy and paste what is there to here. Most likely needed a modded driver, whether I can find one for I can make one for you.

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Hello! I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 2400, hoping to breathe some new life into the thing. Everything went smoothly except the screen resolution is stuck at 640x480.

The monitor, a Dell E172FPt, was running on Generic PnP drivers, so I attempted to update them. FIrst automatically, which concluded that the generic drivers were fine, then I searched the internet and found no drivers for my model of monitor on the Dell website at all. The only drivers matching my model were on download.com, for windows XP. Desperately, I installed them, and they installed fine, but it made no difference whatsoever. The resolution dropdown is still greyed out.

What do I do now?

Please tell me I'm not going to be stuck with a 640x480 resolution on this computer!


A:Screen Resolution Stuck @ 640x480, Can't find drivers

Quote: Originally Posted by Akeru

Hello! I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 2400, hoping to breathe some new life into the thing. Everything went smoothly except the screen resolution is stuck at 640x480.

The monitor, a Dell E172FPt, was running on Generic PnP drivers, so I attempted to update them. FIrst automatically, which concluded that the generic drivers were fine, then I searched the internet and found no drivers for my model of monitor on the Dell website at all. The only drivers matching my model were on download.com, for windows XP. Desperately, I installed them, and they installed fine, but it made no difference whatsoever. The resolution dropdown is still greyed out.

What do I do now?

Please tell me I'm not going to be stuck with a 640x480 resolution on this computer!


Id say its your graphics driver not your monitor,have you tried those?
And i see your using 512MB of ram,id upgrade to at the very minimum 1GB or ram.

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i was wondering which is the best resolution for a 22" LCD (BenQ)
currently my resolution settings are 1280 x 960

but the fonts isnt that clear yet
the visualization in Windows Media Player tends to jerk when in full screen
my refresh rate is 70Hz
Graphic Card: 128MB Radeon 9600 Pro ATI

help out please

A:22" LCD Resolution

Google tells me it has a standard 22" widescreen native resolution of 1680 x 1050.

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I recently reinstalled Windows and any resolution other than the maximum (1600x1200) will not display fullscreen-- there's just a large border around the display. When I first turn the laptop on and the Dell splash logo thing comes up, it too, is not fullscreen. This really wouldn't be a problem except for the resolution is so large that to scroll or do things with a lot of movement (video, etc) the computer sputters and can't keep up.

I am using Windows XP, by the way. It's installing SP2 right now on the off-chance that they may fix things.

Any help, please?


A:My laptop will only display fullscreen at max resolution

Hi Eric!

You could try reinstalling/updating the video drivers. You can find the correct drivers for your model here.

Depending on what graphics card you're using, there might be some options you can set. These can usually be accessed through the start menu - or an icon in the notification area (the far right side of the taskbar). Or sometimes directly from the Control Panel - for some ATI cards.

Further troubleshooting:

Check which graphics card you have installed by going to Start>Run... type dxdiag and ENTER. It should be listed in the video tab, along with the driver version you're using.

Check for a yellow exclamation/question-mark in device manager (Control panel>System>Hardware>Device manager). This signifies there's a problem with the device or the drivers - although an absence doesn't confirm there is no issue with them.

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Hey i got this problem for a while now. Not every but some games when i make them fullscreen lock at 2550x1600 resolution. My res at desktop is 1600x1024 so i dont really know how that happened. I just reinstalled windows and it's still the same. I had before and now for a while after reinstall plugged in to hdmi port my tv which could cause this, but after unplugging it it's still the same. It happens with Skyforge and Civilisation V. Both these games were completely ok on full screen not so long ago, and Civ is still ok at random times. Help please.

A:Fullscreen locks at too high resolution

You can change the resolution withing the game. Go to settings, display and change the resolution you want. It should stick.

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I have this problem where my screen resolution will automatically change when I begin to watch a program or switch a video to fullscreen. It happens a lot on channel 4 on demand. I use a HDMI LCD TV as my monitor and have an Nvidia 8800 GTS graphics card and the monitor is set to 1768 x 992 as it is the only resolution I can use (all smaller and larger ones do not fit the screen). 1920 x 1080 is the recommended setting despite the fact it cuts off the edges of my screen.

Most games also have the issue of starting up on a resolution too big for the tv forcing me to have to go change it.

I'm not sure how all this works so any help would be useful, thanks

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After playing a fullscreen game, my resolution stuffs up. I normally have it on 1440x900 but after playing a game the top and bottom edges come off (pressing "auto" on my monitor normally fixes this kind of problem but it doesn't with this) and it has a kind of blur effect that's hard to explain, kind of like 1 in 5 pixels are missing or something.

I don't recall doing anything that could've triggered it, when it first happened I was trying to get F.E.A.R Combat to work, I changed it's resolution to 1152x864 as well as my monitor's but when I got out of it the computer was acting funny, also when I go into the menu on my monitor it says it's in 1152x864 mode.

I can to a temporary fix by changing the resolution from 1440x900 (which my display options says it's already on; contrary to my monitor) to something else and back again about ten times until it decides to work but I play alot of games so I was hoping there was a proper solution.

Thanks heaps for your help,

A:Fullscreen games cause resolution problem

*Update: Maybe this is the wrong forum for this now (maybe it was the wrong one in the first place) because the same thing just happened when I restarted my computer, also I forgot to mention I have a dual-screen display (it's caused problems in the past, primarily with Bioshock).

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