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Dell laptop Inspiron resolution problem

Discussion in 'Games' started by Horton-2, Dec 31, 2010.

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  1. Horton-2

    Horton-2 Thread Starter

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    My wife has a Dell Inspiron 1012 laptop computer that we purchased an external CD-ROM player for, since the laptop did not have it's own CD-ROM built in.

    We installed a 'hidden object' game from a CD we purchased called 'Treasure Seekers' produced by by E.games onto the laptop computer via the CD-ROM player, only to find that the game does not fit the screen. We cannot see the 'buttons' that control the game. It would seem that the game display is too large for the laptop screen when'Full screen' is selected
    On deselecting 'Full screen' mode,though the game display is smaller in size, the bottom portion of the game is totally distorted, it is just a jumble of elongated colored streaks where the games control buttons would normally be.

    I installed the game on my desktop computer to see if it worked on a larger screen monitor and it came out okay, all the controls show up in the display and the game works fine.
    The screen resolution on this computer is set at 1024 X 768.

    On checking the Dell Inspiron 1012 laptop's display settings and found that the screen resolution is at 1024 X 600. The slider adjustment goes between 800 X 600 and 1024 X 600. Moving it down to the lower setting, only distorts the screen display and does nothing to change the game's appearance. There is no way to adjust it any higher.

    Is there any way around this resolution problem or any other fix that would allow the game to be played on the laptop.
    Thank you in advance for any assistance/advice you may be able to provide us.
     
  2. TheShooter93

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    In the game's main menu, there should be something like "Settings."

    In "settings", you should be able to configure what resolution the game runs at. Try to find your PC monitor's native resolution and select that.
     
  3. Horton-2

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    Thank for your reply "The Shooter" but there is nothing in the game's main menu that covers settings.
    There is only a choice between full screen and a smaller screen which as I said before does not improve anything.
    Other games that we have downloaded from game sites have worked okay. I cannot understand why we have a problem with this one loaded in from a CD-ROM ???
     
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    I don't think it has to do with the fact that it was installed via CD.

    You mentioned other games works fine, so I assume it has something to do with just that game.

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    Try uninstalling and reinstalling the game.
     
  5. Horton-2

    Horton-2 Thread Starter

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    Done that several times.....The game works okay on my desktop computer.
     
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    Normally games are able to adapt to whatever resolution you have running (via settings), or have a default resolution themselves.

    If you're sure there are no "Settings" to change the game's resolution, then it may be that the laptop's resolution is smaller than what the game runs at, causing distortion.

    Quite honestly, that theory doesn't sit very well with me, but it's all I'm thinking at the moment.
     
  7. Horton-2

    Horton-2 Thread Starter

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    "Normally games are able to adapt to whatever resolution you have running (via settings), or have a default resolution themselves".
    Yep that's what I figured...strange!
    I had hoped some one had run into this problem before me and had a solution.
    Thank you for your interest, should an 'Ah ha' jump into your head I'll be glad to hear it.
     
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    Try downloading and installing the video driver for the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) found here.

    Then reboot the machine.
     
  9. Horton-2

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    TS93, I did the update on the drivers and rebooted. Also uninstalled and then reinstalled the game ....situation still the same!:confused:
     
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    Ah, well I'm officially all out of ideas. Sorry. :(
     
  11. Horton-2

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    Thank you for trying. I just contacted Dell and they advised me that the screen on the Inspiron Mini 10 laptop that we have is not large enough and the resolution cannot be changed for that game.
    I will have to let my wife play the game on my computer:( and tie it up for hours on end!:p
    Thanks again.
     
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