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Games won't run full screen. They are smaller, centered, and have black borders.

Discussion in 'Games' started by cakes384, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. cakes384

    cakes384 Thread Starter

    Jan 22, 2013
    Hi everybody,

    I've been having issues getting games to run full screen. I do not mean that they are running windowed, so alt-enter does not do anything. The game screens are centered and surrounded by black borders. It is the SIZE of the screens that isn't where I want it to be, not the resolution.

    Each game seems to have its own screen size. Everything using DOSBox is 7.5", Diablo 2 is 9.5", and Galactic Civilization 2 is 12". My screen size is 14". The only games that stay full screen are anything ran on an emulator. The desktop is untouched and full screen with my resolution set to 1024 x 768. Changing the resolution in control settings>display>settings does nothing at all to the games I'm trying to play as far as I can tell.

    And I literally JUST solved my problem, but I will continue to post this thread b/c I have read a lot of these with the same error occurring with answers that did not solve my problem.

    On my computer (using Windows XP) all I had to do was go into Control Panel>Display>Settings>Advanced then click on the tab that should have the title of your graphics card (mine was Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver), then choose Graphics Properties, and finally choose Full Screen (No Border) as opposed to Center Desktop.

    I never changed this, so something I downloaded or ran must have altered this setting.

    Hope this helps!


    Jan 7, 2013
    Excellent! Thanks for the tip. I remember not being able to fix this on my brother's pc.
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