divided desktop

Gateway
June 6, 2006 at 10:21:16
Specs: Win XP Home, 2.9 GHz / 1GB

Hello,
I have a Gateway FPD 1730 monitor which has worked well for about a year. Now, however, my desktop is divided into four sections, all displaying the same desktop image. Any ideas concerning the cause or possible fix would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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#1
June 6, 2006 at 10:23:17

Do you mean your background is doing this, or do you actually have four identical boxes containing all your icons and the content of your desktop?

Try this:

Right-click on a blank space on the desktop
Properties
Desktop
Under Position, make sure it's not set to "Tile."


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#2
June 6, 2006 at 10:34:45

Thanks Jennifer,
The entire desktop, complete with icons, is displayed repeatedly in each of the four divisions on the screen. Nothing I do via the display properties changes that. Programs are displayed in the same manner.

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#3
June 6, 2006 at 10:35:52

Oh yes, my display is set to stretch.

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#4
June 6, 2006 at 11:55:13

dahlin, I was almost certain that Jennifer nailed the solution in her Response Number 1. This is a strange problem. Can you change your Desktop background at all? If not you may want to go to the link below and under the letter "W" scroll down to "Wallpaper - Desktop - Disable Changing" and click on "Allow Wallpaper/Background Changes" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

Allow Wallpaper/Background Changes Fix

Tufenuf


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#5
June 6, 2006 at 12:00:40

dahlin, Have you tried a System Restore to the closest date prior to this problem?

Tufenuf


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#6
June 6, 2006 at 14:23:49

Thanks Tufenuf,
Yes, I can change the desktop via the display properties. The screen, however, is still divided. I thought about system restore but before attempting to do that I hooked the monitor to another computer -- still divided. That would seem to suggest that the problem is a hardware issue rather than a software issue. What do you think? I will give the system restore a try anyway just to make sure. Thanks.

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#7
June 6, 2006 at 15:15:12

dahlin, If that monitor hooked up to another computer did the same thing (divided into 4 sections) then I'd say the monitor is going south. Can you get someone elses momitor and try it on the original PC to see if you only get a single screen?

Tufenuf


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#8
June 6, 2006 at 17:57:21

Tufenuf,
I hooked another monitor to the same computer and it worked fine - sorry I didn't mention that in my original post. I have tried the malfunctioning monitor on two computers and it continues to quarter the display. The problem is definitely in the monitor itself but I was hoping someone had dealt with something like this before and would know of a way to adjust / fix the monitor rather than having to replace it. That, however, looks more and more like what I will have to do. I thank you and Jennifer SUMN for replying to my post and, should you run across anything you think might help, please post it. Thanks again!


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