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Shrunken screen?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pc_loser, Feb 16, 2003.

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  1. pc_loser

    pc_loser Thread Starter

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    How else can I explain it? If I have been away from my computer for some time, then return and turn on the monitor, my screen is shrunk in from the sides. That is, I have a black line down either side, and the display in the middle looks "tall and skinny." What might be causing this?
     
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Hi, The video card and monitor and Windows Power management are not playing together nicely.....you might try updating video device drivers.....updating DirectX......adjusting monitor refresh rates (match the screen resolution they reccommend to what is set in video adapter settings. You may have a monitor booklet, which would have the refresh rates you should use for any given screen size, like 800x600, etc. @75 Hertz.
    You can also check to see if it is set to Adapter Default for Refresh rate...that usually works.
    You can also reset the amount of time the screen stays "awake" when you leave computer on inactive....even with a screensaver, mine eventually goes on standby, but it doesnt give me any problem when I move the mouse to wake it up.
     
  3. pc_loser

    pc_loser Thread Starter

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    I haven't been back here to check for responses until now. All you've said may as well been in a foreign language. I need to know in simple terms what to do. I have no idea what device drivers or Direct X are. Please excuse my ignorance. I'm fairly new to this stuff.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  4. Ztrain

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    To update DirectX, go to www.microsoft.com and search for directx. it is a graphical method the computer uses. Drivers, depending on your version of windows, is checked in different ways.
     
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