Solved screen larger than monitor scrolling awful

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November 15, 2010 at 04:37:31
Specs: Windows XP
My screen is so large that I have to scroll up and down to see the whole screen. This seemed to happen overnight. I don't want to have to pay someone to fix this---- but can't seem to find anything in control that will work.

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#1
November 15, 2010 at 04:44:34
'can't seem to find anything in control that will work'

so you did check to see what your monitor settings are set at I presume? Sounds to me like it reverted back to the default 800X600, try moving the slider to the right for higher settings and see if that works.

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#2
November 15, 2010 at 06:42:44
Thank you for responding so quickly! As soon as I find out where the monitor settings are on my laptop, I;'ll do that. I have a del ispiron E1705 if that means anything to you... off to look some more.
Cheers back!
sUSAN

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#3
November 15, 2010 at 07:05:03
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go to start/control panel and then click on display, once in there you can adjust the settings

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#4
November 15, 2010 at 08:00:00
You are being very patient with me. My control panel doesn't seem to have any way to adjust the size of the screen. I tried every possible adjustment on there, and still can't find where to bring the monitor back to a reasonable size. I even downloaded the newest Windows, hoping that would help, and restarted. Still cumbersome.........
Perhaps I should take my laptop to my friendly local fixer, but I was hoping I could do this without forking over $!
Susan

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#5
November 15, 2010 at 11:30:02
did you click on the display icon in the control panel?
If that doesn't work, close out everything untill you see all the icons on your desktop. Then right click on a blank spot , scroll down and left click on properties. That should open it up. Left click on the settings tab at the top of the box that opened...then adjust the slider to the right where it says screen resolution.
See if that works.

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Good Luck

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#6
November 15, 2010 at 12:41:39
What you're seeing might be a virtual desktop display. In that case, the display is larger than the physical size of the screen, and the whole screen display can move when your mouse cursor is near the edge of the physical screen.

If XPUser4Real's suggestions don't help, look in your Owner's or User's manual for your model - that's often already on your computer in your All Programs list somewhere, if your computer still has it's original brand name software installation, or if not you can look at it on the Dell web site.
Some laptops have a key, or key combo, that toggles the display normal display / virtual desktop display (it may not be called that) - you may have pressed that key or that key combo un-intentionally.


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#7
November 15, 2010 at 13:07:18
Another way of getting the desktop display control widow up is as follows:
Right click with your mouse on an empty part of your desktop and select properties.
This will open the "display properties" window,
click on the "Settings" tab and you should see a screen resolution slider.
See if you can move it to a higher resolution a single step at a time (warning do not take it to high) or to a resolution size you know is supported on your laptop. Then click on Apply. You will get a new display with the higher resolution if you can see it and are happy with then click OK to accept otherwise wait for 15 seconds and it will revert back to the previous setting.


Hmmm, I also wonder if the graphic driver needs refreshing.
I have seen this sort of thing before with certain graphic cards where suddenly for no reason the driver reverts to a generic one which has little resolution control.

To address this possibility you could try and reload your graphics driver.

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#8
November 15, 2010 at 13:12:49
hey mosaddique, see response #5
;-)

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#9
November 15, 2010 at 13:34:36
Hi XpUser4Real

Thanks for the heads up. Shows what happens when you don't read. Silly me.

Part 2 of my response still applies.

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#10
November 15, 2010 at 14:01:21
Susan, If you're using IE7 or IE8 click View on top, select Zoom and set it to 100% which is the default setting. You can also set the Zoom setting right above the clock if you have the Status Bar enabled.

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