Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-13-2008, 02:10 PM   #1
Fully Optimized
 
ghostFL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,186
Default Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Ok, so I got a new laptop and vista, and the screen is a small as square, cutting off about an inch and a half on each side of the screen. I want to use the whole screen.


Any help?
__________________

__________________
dude_56013: "Find something you love...and never work a day in your life"


David Lindon: "Faggot"
ghostFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,841
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Is it widescreen? Have you tried changing the resolution?
__________________

JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 02:17 PM   #3
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Go to the desktop, right click, go to Nvidia Control Panel, Click Display, Click Change Resolution Attributes, Set to wanted resolution.
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 02:20 PM   #4
Fully Optimized
 
ghostFL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,186
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

All there is is Right CLick > Personalize > Screen Settings or w/e. ANd the only 2 resolutions I have are 1024x768 and 800x600... Both are the same physical size...
__________________
dude_56013: "Find something you love...and never work a day in your life"


David Lindon: "Faggot"
ghostFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 02:21 PM   #5
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,841
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

I think it's time to update some drivers.
JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 02:38 PM   #6
muz
Golden Master
 
muz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,928
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic Rooster View Post
Go to the desktop, right click, go to Nvidia Control Panel, Click Display, Click Change Resolution Attributes, Set to wanted resolution.
that would only work if his laptop had an N vidia chip and if he had the correct drivrers installed


@OP what is the make/model of laptop and have you got the latest graphics drivers for vista
__________________
Desktop-AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+-2GB Elixer DDR2 800 250gb+500gb+500gb+120gb
Laptop-Apple Macbook Pro 13" Intel core i5(2.3ghz) 4gb Ram 320gb hard drive
muz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 02:55 PM   #7
Fully Optimized
 
ghostFL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,186
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Its a

HP Compaq 6510b business computer.

I'm pretty sure. But I'll double check.


Edit: *How do I update drivers in Vista? Goddddd I hate this Vista crappppp! Its all glitter and sprinkles!
__________________
dude_56013: "Find something you love...and never work a day in your life"


David Lindon: "Faggot"
ghostFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 03:23 PM   #8
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

I found this little tidbit:
Quote:
SUPPORT COMMUNICATION - CUSTOMER NOTICE

Document ID: c****9374

Version: 1
Unexpected Video Resolution Set Resuming From Hibernation
NOTICE: The information in this document, including products and software versions, is current as of the Release Date. This document is subject to change without notice.

Release Date: 2003-02-07

Last Updated: 2003-08-13
DESCRIPTION

If the notebook enters Critical Low-power Shutdown ( a forced excursion into Hibernation ) while Windows Media Player is set to full-screen playback mode, the notebook may resume from Hibernation with the Video Display resolution set, for example, to 640x480 resolution.

NOTE: Critical Low-power Shutdown occurs when the battery is depleted and Windows shuts down the system, entering Hibernation, to preserve data. Setting the threshold for this behavior is controlled by the Power Settings Control Panel Applet.
DETAILS

When performing full-screen display, Media Player changes the Video Display resolution, noting the resolution to restore when the playback is completed or Media Player is terminated. Because Media Player does not have the opportunity to restore the original Video Display upon resume from Hibernation, Windows asserts the resolution last set by Media Player.

To recover the normal Video Display resolution, simply terminate Media Player, which is suspended and idling after resuming from Hibernation.

Normally, HP recommends that the User stop playback or even terminate Media Player before entering Hibernation.

NOTE: This is not an HP-specific issue. This behavior affects ANY platform capable of Critical Low-power Shutdown under Windows.
Document ID: c****9374

For the life of me, I can't figure out why those numbers in the document ID are asterisked. . . HP must have some super secret encryption code.
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 03:34 PM   #9
Guru
 
JogaBonito1502's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 7,841
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Go to HP's website and look for drivers there. If you have a dedicated card, then go to the cardmaker's website and download the drivers. Make sure you select the one for your OS. Vista, then 32 or 64 bit. The driver file should be a binary .exe.
JogaBonito1502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2008, 08:13 AM   #10
Bogan
 
Neodude112320's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,471
Send a message via MSN to Neodude112320
Default Re: Why is the screen so small on my Vista?

Clicky.
__________________

__________________
Desktop:BitFenix Survivor~Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R~ i7 2600K @ 4hz~AMD 6870 1GB~12gb Team Elite DDR3 1333~3xWD In RAID5~W7 Ult
Laptop:Alienware M11x~ i7-2637M 1.7GHz~16GB 1333MHz DDR3~GeForce GT 540M~W7 Ult
Neodude112320 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0