Black border around monitor

March 13, 2005 at 13:26:28
Specs: Windows XP, 2.3 GHz/ 512 RAM

So usually my monitor displays everything on the screen, as in there is no black border around the edge.

Today I turn on my computer and for some reason it has about 3 inches of black border around my desktop which made everything pretty cramped. I found this odd enough and decided to restart my computer.

Once restarted the black border around my desktop was reduced to about 1 inch, but the display still isn't back to normal. I can tell because my mouse is able to go into the black area, and I know before it was limited by the borders.

Anyway I'm not quite sure what the problem is, I'm thinking maybe I should try to take out and re-put in my video card? The only thing I could think of is that the card wasn't put in securely, but I've been using it for about a month and a half now and everything was fine until today.

I also tried tinkering around with the options on my monitor, but nothing seemed to adjust it. Any specific things I should be trying to change in my computers monitor? Such as pincushion and ect?

Any help is appreciated.

See More: Black border around monitor

Report •

March 13, 2005 at 13:44:15

If it is only a month and a half old I wouldn't mess with it You may void the warranty. Call Compaq.

Report •

March 13, 2005 at 13:54:31

Nah I've had this computer for about 18 months now, the monitor for about 2 1/2 years. I should probably invest in a new monitor haha.

Report •

March 13, 2005 at 14:00:26

Low voltage can cause things like that. Are you sharing a circuit with something that draws alot of current? Maybe a problem with the power company.

Report •

Related Solutions

March 13, 2005 at 14:02:11

My first thought is the monitor is going. I just invested in a LCD and it is great. They are coming down in price. 17" are now about $200.

Report •

March 13, 2005 at 14:19:16


You guys wanna laugh? Something like this happened to me at work and OtheHill, your reply brought this memory! I had just received a desk fan. When I plugged it in and placed it next to the monitor, the screen appeared to shrink and also appeared to pop, as soon as I turned the fan on. I called the company's engineer and told him that we might have a short in the wiring. He said that the magnet in the fan's motor was causing inductance and all I needed to do was move the fan away from the screen. No sooner did I do that, it worked fine.

Mark, by any chance, do you have anything like a speaker, a fan, or anything that you placed near the monitor that has a large magnet?


Report •

March 13, 2005 at 14:29:25

Nah I don't believe I have anything like around my computer, although there might be something hiding around. I'll be sure to give it a second look.

I found the V. Size and H. Size buttons and I was able to make it kind of like it used to be, and it covers up those pesky borders.

My only problem now is that my mouse can still go through the borders of my monitor and it becomes somewhat troublesome during gaming.

Any way to lock the borders?

Report •

March 13, 2005 at 18:07:19


Back when video cards were 1 and 2MB memory there was something called a virtual desktop. Kind of like two different resolutions superimposed on one another. The feature was that by pushing the mouse to the edge of the screen, the screen would pan. Your descpription of your problem made me think of this. Check to see that you don't have some kind of program running that could have caused this problem. Is your resolution the same as you usually run?

Report •

March 14, 2005 at 15:08:42

Yeah I've been running 800x600 forever.

What I think may have caused the problem was on Friday I left my computer on and while I was away it did a Norton Antivirus scan on itself.

I got home Friday evening, deleted everything it found(looked like spyware and stuff), and then shut it off.

I didn't turn it on Saturday because I was out of town, and then Sunday when I got back it started doing this.

Pretty wierd.

Report •

March 14, 2005 at 16:07:29

Check to see if the video drivers are still installed.

Report •

Ask Question