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bizarre monitor resolution problem

By lisacav ·
All of a sudden my monitor is doing strange things. When I am working on the computer it will sometimes, now most of the time, goes from being 800x600 resolution to a resolution that makes the screen appear too big to fit the text on the screen. It will cut off about 1/4 of the information and no
matter what I try to do other than re-boot it will not change back to the
correct resolution. Does anyone know what it might be from? Thanks in
advance.

lisacav@yahoo.com

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by bwaggoner In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

The first thing I would try is removing the video driver from the device manager and then reloading the driver from your oem disk. You may have a corrupt driver that flakes out when you perform a certain task. The other possibility is that your video card is going bad. Do you have another card to install just in case the driver reload doesn't work? the problem should not be the monitor itself. It is only doing what the video feeds it.

Good Luck

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by lisacav In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

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by csheltcomp In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

First check the display settings. Right click on the desktop and click properties and then go to settings. If the resolution looks good(800x600) then check the monitor itself. Check the vertical and horizontal sizes.

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by bdgray In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

Check to see if you have a virtual desktop setting. If you do it is usually located just below the resolution slide bar. If it does exist set the virtual desktop to the same size as the resolution. In your case they should both be 800X600. If your resolution is set to 800X600 and your virtual desktop is set to 1024X768. You will nly see a very small portion of the screen. The screen will, however, scroll when you move your mouse to the edge.

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by C.Tyler In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

Most likely video card or monitor hardware issue. Easiest first step is swap the monitor if you have a spare around. As fickle as computers can be, it is prudent to try this before digging into the internal components or drivers. If the problem continues, then move on to the video card. You can download the latest video drivers for your card if you are so inclined, but probably the most efficient solution is to swap out the video card.

As a side note, I did have a (client's) video card that started to go flaky. Cleaned the internals of dust, and it came back up. No further problems.

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by lisacav In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

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by Twix In reply to bizarre monitor resolutio ...

Sounds as the sync signals of your monitor go astray. You did not state if your monitor is a recent one or not. You could have it serviced to check those sync signals. They lock on at boot time, but after a while (when the electronics gets warm) they lose grip.
If your monitor is really old, consider buying a new one.
Hope this helps
Bye
(Changed my mind, since this is the answered thread, I added my post here...)

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