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Is there any way to change the aspect ratio of a monitor?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mindKILLER, Aug 13, 2010.

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  1. mindKILLER

    mindKILLER Thread Starter

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    I have a 1920x1080 monitor (Acer H233H) and my video card is an ATI Radeon HD 5800. Some of the games I have aren't the big-name, commercial titles that are made for higher resolutions, and their max resolution is 800x600 or 640x480. I understand that loss of picture quality is inevitable when full-screened, but the games are automatically stretching themselves to fill the entire monitor when I click on full screen. I can change my monitor's resolution but the aspect ratio doesn't change (if I set it to 800x600, the icons get bigger but the picture is still stretched to fit the entire screen, causing it to look horribly distorted). I wouldn't mind if there's a way to set it to a smaller resolution and fill the sides of the screen with black bars, but I'm not sure how.
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Might check the games and see if there is
    a run in full screen or run in windowed mode
    selection.
    Run it in windowed mode,not full screen
    then adjust the window size.
     
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    Change the RATIO??? You mean change the value of x (width) WITHOUT changing y (height)?

    I think you cannot do that, without hacking the driver module's code. Some programs, like Media Player Classic, allow you to change aspect ratio, but they're still PRESET ratios - 16:9, 4:3, etc.

    If you're wanting only to change display resolution, I think leroys has the right answer there...
     
  4. mindKILLER

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    Okay, thanks for the replies. Most of the games in question don't allow me to drag the window to increase the size (though one of them does). Also, that would still leave my desktop in the background which can be distracting, though I can work around that problem by opening a blank page behind the game. Unfortunately for me, complex solutions that involve hacking are definitely out of the picture because I don't want to mess with things that I don't understand. I take it that there's basically no other way to increase the size/fullscreen a 4:3 game on a 16:9 monitor?
     
  5. DarqueMist

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    you should be able to accomplish what you want through the Catalyst Control Center. While you can't change the aspect ratio of the monitor you can change how it displays non native resolutions (if you want what I think you do its called scaling). Stretched, centered, or aspect maintained. Have a read of the link I'm posting it gives pretty good instructions on how to get those settings options to show so you can adjust them how you want.

    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/UnableToSetGPUScaling.aspx
     
  6. mindKILLER

    mindKILLER Thread Starter

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    Yes, that's exactly it! Thanks very much, I know how to do it now.
     
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    Yes you can, and it sounds like you did.

    Sometimes when you do this, the image gets SLIGHTLY distorted. Like if it was a movie, some chicks might suddenly look like good candidates for Nutri-SCAM :D
     
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