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Viewing Area on Monitor

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  1. verity_girl

    verity_girl Thread Starter

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    The viewing area on my screen is now only about 4 inches in the middle. Both top and bottom are blacked out along with a small area either side. This appeared after bringing my monitor out of the 'sleep' mode.
    Anything on my desktop that is normally in the position of the band can be viewed and clicked on.
    Does this mean my video card has had it?
    My system is 18 months old and I am running XP.
     
  2. brushmaster1

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    It sounds more like monitor settings than a video card problem. Have you tried adjusting the display on your monitor?
     
  3. Mr. PC Doc

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    Yes, there should be those buttons on the front where you can adjust all of that
     
  4. verity_girl

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    The display settings or "those buttons in front" adjust the size or placement of the screen, they do not alter the fact that certain areas of the screen are blacked out or are no longer visible.
    It is as if a curtain has been put across the top and bottom, only leaving approx 4" in the middle on view.
     
  5. rmay635703

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    You rebooted and you still get this?

    Sounds like your drivers or installation are fudged, but...

    First things first, what type of monitor? LCD or CRT? What brand?

    What is your video card?

    Cheers
     

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    first see what your video settings are. right click anywhere on desktop, go to properties, go to display settings, . ... see what resolution you have it on. try setting it to 800 x 600.
     
  7. etaf

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    if its a laptop have a look at the video settings

    rightclick on desktop
    properties,

    you can check resolution here

    then goto advanced
    depending on video card
    then find displays
    on my laptoo I had to click on panel properties and set to display full screen.

    all fixed for me.

    on another occasion I had to re-instal the drivers.

    see this thread http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?t=194910
     
  8. verity_girl

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    Thanks everyone for your input.
    I had tried most of what was suggested.
    In the end I cracked it, switched it off for 24 hours. Went back to it and all was fine. However not 10 minutes ago the damn thing did exactly the same thing. Sat and cursed it for 4 minutes and it went back to normal. Now I am not sure if what is happening. All is fine right now, but perhaps it is a precursor to a permanent state. It might be a wait and see situation.
     
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