my computer screen is shrunk in on each side

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
October 4, 2010 at 13:01:47
Specs: Windows XP
my computer screen looks like an hourglass, both sides are curved in at the middle and windows don't quite meet the top or bottom of my computer. It will not respond to the fix that windows gives. Can you help? Even after rebooting it comes back the same.
Does this mean my monitor is dying?
Thank you

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#1
October 4, 2010 at 13:03:00
my computer screen is in from the sides of the screen about 1 1/2 inches

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#2
October 4, 2010 at 13:59:29
This would be adjusted via the controls on the monitor.
Make sure you have no electric motors in the area like desktop fountain, etc which can affect crt monitors.

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#3
October 4, 2010 at 14:44:50
Is it a CRT or LCD monitor?

If it is a CRT then it is a well known symptom known as "pincushion effect", for which there is unlikely to be any adjustment externally. It can only be repaired by an expert and there are dangers inside that remain after the monitor has been unplugged for several hours. Repairs (if anyone is prepared to take it on) would cost more than the monitor is worth. Prove whether it is the monitor or not by trying your monitor on a friends machine or trying theirs on yours. If it is a CRT I would be very surprised it is anything else than the monitor itself at fault.
EDIT:
SEE FOLLOWING POST - SEEMS THERE ARE LIKELY TO BE EXTERNAL MONITOR CONTROLS AFTER ALL (IF IT IS CRT).

If it is an LCD it is a whole different ball game, which is why I am asking.

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#4
October 5, 2010 at 07:50:37
CRT monitors have pincushion control along with trapezoid control. This is because CRT montors have color guns and a coated tube screen whereas LCDs do not.
This control is on the monitors menu.

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#5
October 5, 2010 at 12:45:55
wanderer

Didn't realise CRT monitors had "pincushion control along with trapezoid control". I used to do TV repairs and assumed they were inside, the same as those old TV's. Seems you live and learn, which is the good thing about this website.

I have edited my earlier post.

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