Stuff on screen is HUGE

September 18, 2011 at 16:46:16
Specs: Windows XP
Everything on my screen is too big, i tried to adjust the resolution but the bar wont move. its all the way to the left and when i click and hold it to drag it doesnt move. its almost like its not registering that im clicking on it, but i can do everything else except for troubleshooting. when i click on it, it changes color from yellow to green, but then doesnt move when i move the mouse. i had downloaded a mario game with a toolbar, but uninstalled it after this happened. not sure exactly what computer mine is but i know its a dell tower and i have windows xp professional. i got this computer at a tag sale, and removed alot of files that i wasnt using, and whenever the computer runs slow i uninstall some old version of files and stuff, is it possible that i either got a virus or uninstalled something important for my screen. i've had the computer for a while now and its never done this

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#1
September 18, 2011 at 18:03:58
Sounds like you may have uninstalled your graphic driver?

You really shouldn't uninstall things willy-nilly. Not a good practice for what you describe. You should probably ask for help when your computer runs slow and describe your running processes etc. when asked and you would probably be in better shape presently.

You will have to find out what graphic driver your system needs and download and install it.

And yes, it is possible that you have picked up a virus, but it would probably manifest itself in other ways than just making things on screen appear too big.

"Doin' right ain't got no end." Cap'n Red Legs


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September 18, 2011 at 23:20:11
ihatemycomp, I pretty much agree. That still doesn't fix the problem. Since you tried altering resolution and couldn't, that means something is blocking it. My guess is a nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.). I'd FIRST scan to make sure the machine is clean, then try again. There're several excellent FREE scanners around. Just be sure you run one that can handle trojans. Not all can.
Still no joy? Do you have a wheel mouse? If so, the wheel scrolls resolution. If not, try the combo of Ctrl + '-' to see if that reduces screen resolution. If that reduces things, get them where you like (BTW, Ctrl '+' increases) and exit using the option found under 'file' rather than the handier 'X' (only needs to be done once).
That forces Windows to 'remember' the settings and use them next time.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#3
September 19, 2011 at 16:03:59
how could i find out what graphics driver i need? went run devmgmt.msc and cant find display in the list to see what graphics card i have

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#4
September 19, 2011 at 18:17:59
This should be able to tell you what you need to know about your graphics card (or inbuilt graphics):

Buy SIW Pro or Download SIW Freeware

Scroll to bottom of page for free version (without installer).

And as for what is blocking your ability to move the slider, this is natural if you have no graphic driver installed.

"Doin' right ain't got no end." Cap'n Red Legs


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