Icons & pictures appear flattened in Win 7

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September 22, 2010 at 23:52:06
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Intel Pen 4, 1 Gig RAM
Hi all.

My PC has an interchangeable H/D which allows me to use either XP Pro SP3 or Window 7 Premium.

When the XP H/D is inserted and running the desktop icons and photos are perfect in aspect ration and symmetry.

However when I substitute the H/D for the Windows 7 H/D, I find that the desktop icons (most noticeable) and photos/picture appear to be stretched sideways, much the same as is sometimes shown when a globe of the world is displayed.

Both O.S. are utilizing the same screen monitor and resolution.

Any suggestions out as too how i may be able to rectify this animally?

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia

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September 23, 2010 at 06:11:39
When you are using WinXP you need to change the resolution to match the monitor you are currently using.

While in Windows 7 right click on a blank part of your desktop screen and choose resolution. Write down the resolution in use in Windows 7.

Now go to WinXP and right click a blank part of your desktop screen and choose properties> settings. Now duplicate the settings you wrote down and save. If you don't find the required selection you will need to update your graphic drivers in WinXP.

Are you using the WinXP hard drive on more than one computer by chance? It sounds like your WinXP settings are set for a wide format monitor and you are using a 4:3 ratio monitor on the dual boot computer.

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September 23, 2010 at 06:13:03
That means you must either have black bars at top & bottom of the screen or you are missing part of the image in Win7. Either way, double check that you are definitely using the same resolution - remember they will have different drivers. Also you may have a utility installed by ATI/NVidia or whatever graphics card you have that may have altered settings outside Windows' own ones - check these as well.

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September 23, 2010 at 23:03:24
Hi guys.

This is what I have so far.

My display is 16:9, so there are no black bars on any edges.

I loaded XP and noted the resolution as suggested and that was 1680 x 1050.

I then loaded Win7 and there was the problem. The resolution was set at the highest point on the slider at only 1280 x 1024.

I looked everywhere and clicked any buttons I could, but could not find anyway of increasing the resolution to that of 1680 x 1050.

I tried for a driver update on every panel that had an option for me to do that and on each occasion I was told that the best driver was already loaded.

So I appear to be stuck. Any further suggestions on how I can increase the resolution?

It does seem strange though that I have far more options within XP than in Win 7 considering both OS are working on the same computer.


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September 24, 2010 at 02:57:46
Hi guys.

Just a quick update.

I utilized a small program I had to advise me as to the identity of my graphics card and as it turned out, it was an Intel 82865G.

A quick search of the web and I found myself on a M$ site that downloads drivers that normally are in addition to the Windows Update selection where I found my graphics card listed and downloaded the driver.

Mind you, there was a bit of messing around before I found how to download the driver. After it installed onto my PC I checked the resolution.

I found now that there were now 2 more settings available, the trouble is that there is no in between settings.

My LCD monitor keeps telling me that I should use 1680 x 1050, but the closest that I can come to that is 1600 x 1200, hence why my monitor keeps popping up the warning message which I have to manually remove each time as the damn thing always appears in the middle of the screen and it can't be moved.

Anyway the icons now appear as they should and the print is much clearer, there is a small down side though, the type was very small to the extent that I had to change the font size to 150%.

A small price to pay I think. The only problem now is and I do not know if anything can be done about it and that is to be able to set the screen resolution to exactly 1680 x 1050 so that that damned warning no longer pops up.


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September 24, 2010 at 04:55:03
I suggest you download a utility called SIW to determine the manufacturer of your motherboard. Then you may be able to find a better driver than the one found at the Windows Update site. I consider hardware updates from the Windows site a last resort. The best resource is from the manufacture of the hardware. In your case that would be the motherboard maker or the GPU (graphics chip) maker, which is Intel.

Intel would have a generic driver while the motherboard manufacturer may have a more customized version. Get SIW at the link below.


There may be a number of reasons why you can't get the correct resolution.

Post the full model of your monitor and any information you can provide on your computer. SIW should be of help with that information.

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