Graphics on Monitor too big to show info

August 29, 2011 at 16:41:07
Specs: Windows XP Professional
I am unable to access the start button info. I just reinstalled Windows due to not being able to access Google on my computer since I had a virus last Sept. After the virus, Google went to Google Germany's home page, but still gave info in English. I am in the U.S. My screen now seems likes the graphics are too big to fit the screen. Unfortunately, the screen is pushed over to the left so it covers the 'start' info and icons that may already be on the left side of my computer. Can you please advise?


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August 29, 2011 at 18:21:10
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of your motherboard.

The model of a brand name system is usually on a label on the outside of the case,
or if it's a Dell system, go here to find your Service tag number, tell us what it is:

The model of a mboard in a a generic desktop system is usually printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the slots, or near the center of the mboard.

Some computers show a screen with the model number on it while booting the computer.

Most malware these days is NOT a virus, it's something else
You probably didn't need to re-install Windows to get rid of whatever it was.
Installing the operating system from scratch, or re-installing the original software installation of a brand name system computer, is a VERY (to put it politely) short sighted thing to do if you don't actually need to do it.

RIGHT click on a blank part of your main desktop screen - Properties - Settings

What does it say there ?
What monitor on what video adapter ?

Adjust the Resolution there, if you can, to higher numbers, to make the icons smaller..

If this is a desktop computer......

- tell us the model of your monitor - that's usually on a label on the back of the monitor.

- if the image on the screen is still too far over, use the controls on the monitor itself to move it to the right position, and make it the right size if it's also not the right size..

If this is a laptop or netbook computer, you MUST install the video (graphics) adapter software ("drivers") for your speciific model. The drivers for your built in display (moniitor) are embedded in that software. l

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August 29, 2011 at 18:34:06
Turn off the computer and start it again, and right after the BIOS post, click on F8 slowly (every 1-2 seconds) and from the Safe Mode options select VGA mode.. as the system opens the desktop, there resolution should be small enough so you can go into Display properties and reset the resolution to your preference.. usually from 1024X768 for portables and 1280X1024/968 or largeer for Desktops depending on the monitor size, shape and what the monitor supports.

If that doesn't help, try again F8 as the computer boots and this time select Safe Mode... the screen resolution should show as 800X600dpi and allow you to scan the computer for virus, reinstall the Monitor drivers, etc.

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August 29, 2011 at 18:50:03
Forgot to mention that if you did a repair installation of the system, the virus may still be present because the defalt installation display settings shouldn't be lower than 800X600. But if you're sure the virus was removed, then it should be a matter of accessing the Display settings and at most reinstalling the monitor and graphics drivers.

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August 29, 2011 at 18:55:28

You can't change the monitor type in Safe mode.
You CAN change it in Enable VGA mode.

You may or may not be able to install monitor drivers in Safe mode.
You often can't install video adapter software ('drivers") in Safe mode, but you can always install them in Enable VGA mode.

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August 29, 2011 at 22:45:24

By that you mean you cant change the monitor resolution in Safe Mode?... Well you indeed can!!... what I didn't add is that the resolution should be changed in Advanced \ Adaptor \ List all modes... select the resolution and Apply \ Accept within the Advanced Options... if you Apply outside, the change will not take...

So the resolution can be changed in Safe Mode and stay for later logons in Safe Mode. As for the rest of the suggestions, as you said; "you may or may not", "you often cant".. So as long as it's not a positive can not be done,.. it's well worth trying...

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August 30, 2011 at 06:48:31

I didn't say anything about the resolution in Safe mode in response 4.
Of course you can change the resolution in Safe mode.

When you load Windows in Safe mode the monitor type is set to Default monitor.
If you click on Advanced on the (Display Properties) Settings page, then Monitor, Properties is greyed out there, so you can't change the monitor to another type.

The number of resolutions choIces you have to choose from in Safe mode depends on whether or not the specific drivers have been installed for the video adapter. You have fewer resolutions to choose from if they haven't been installed.

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