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Black 1" gap on both sides of my screen

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by outatime, Aug 27, 2007.

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  1. outatime

    outatime Thread Starter

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    I have tried searching everywhere and trying everything that I have found and nothing works.

    I am running windows xp on an older packard bell monitor. I'm not even sure what size it is maybe a 14" or 13"? On packard bells website they don't have a driver for this monitor. I tried to install a generic driver for 640x480 and that doesn't work. The screen resolution is set on 800x600 and if you put it on anything higher the screen gets all fuzzy. So two question. How do I fix this and how do I figure out what size my monitor is?
     
  2. cwwozniak

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    I am going to assume that you are talking about a CRT monitor as compared to an LCD monitor. When your are running at 800x600 and get the black gaps on both sides, does it look like the whole screen is just too narrow or are you missing parts of the desktop area on both sides? Does the monitor have any type of adjustment knobs or on screen menus and adjustment buttons?
     
  3. outatime

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    You are correct it's a CRT monitor. This monitor is at least years old and maybe older. It does look like the whole screen is too narrow. There is an adjustment knob on the front of the monitor for horizontal but nothing for vertical.
     
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    When you say "too narrow", my interpretation is that the picture is tall and a bit skinny, with the black gaps on the left and right sides of the screen. In that case, a horizontal size control should be able to expand the size left to right.

    Is there any kind of Packard Bell label on the monitor that lists a model number or part numberr?
     
  5. erkansus

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    ohhh ive had this problem before ok find the latest drivers for your video card install these if its an ati card it should come with ati catalyst in catalyst theres a controll under monitor that has 4 setting which are full screen (normal) sides (what u have) corners (just the corners) and boxed (all around a 1"border)
     
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