Question about Dell Inspiron 8100 Notebook

3 Answers

800 x 600 resolution makes desktop small with inches of black surrounding it

Not long ago I connected a televison to my laptop and in doing, forgot that the F8 key changed outputs. I knew it was a function key, but I made many errors before I finally recalled which key it was. I also used many Alt-F2, Ctrl-Alt-F6, and many other stupid key combinations that many have caused this problem. Here is the issue: When I change the monitor resolution so my kids can play a game from 1500 x 1400 (I think) to 800 x 600, the desktop shrinks down to 800 x 600, or so it appears, and a few inches of black surround it to the edge of the screen. And, the resolution still appears to the high, like it never actually changed. It is as if the screen thinks I just want a 800 x 600 view of my normal resolution. I reinstalled the driver last night from the backup disk. That did not work. Same conditions. Any thoughts?

Posted by on

Ad

3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 35 Answers

I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 and I believe the combination is Fn+F7 to expand the screen. Must be pressed at bootup..

Posted on Sep 23, 2007

Ad

Fn+F7 when windows boots.
Then right click on desktop,
Properties, Settings, Advanced, GeForce 2 Go
Flat Panel Display, Use Display Adapter Settings

Posted on Nov 13, 2007

Ad
  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Dell Master
  • 1,314 Answers

Try going into your computer's BIOS. In there should be an option to expand your desktop / video or something like that. It will have the word expand in there and when you see it you will know what it means. Basically your laptop has an optimal resolution of 1024 x 768 and since you are running it in 800 x 600, the laptop is only displaying that. Set that option in the BIOS and it should stretch your 800 x 600 to the full screen.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE:

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Just bought a 32 inch Onn tv and I am trying to connect to hdmi for my computer


hi,

resolution has to match the tv and the computer or youll have a black screen. keep switching resolutions in display properties in computer untill it submits 480 /720/1080

Oct 05, 2018 | Televison & Video

Tip

If resolution of monitor set to higher than it limit


Hello<br /> Many times it may happen that the resolution of the monitor is set to higher than its limit causes the monitor to be in off state and thus make the system inoperable to overcome such problem you can perform some usefull tips as follows<br /> Start the system, after a few minutes just click the Right mouse button and on the keyboard press Down Arrow key for "Seven times" then press Right Arrow key one time then press Down arrow key again once. Then press Enter. The resolution should set to be 800,600 thus Starts the Monitor again to normal

on Feb 07, 2011 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Display to small


right-click desktop > properties > screen resolution and slide it to the left to make it bigger

Apr 07, 2014 | Compaq Presario CQ60-220US PC Laptop

1 Answer

Display on screen is small, surrounded by black screen how do I enlarge entire display


Right click the desktop background, and click screen resolution. Move the slider as high as it goes, and click apply.

Apr 07, 2014 | HP Compaq Presario 2500LA Notebook

1 Answer

Screen shadow and poor resolution


In the desktop screen, click the right mouse button. click on Screen resolution in the drop down menu.
See what the resolution is set at. There should be a recommended setting. Try that. Try other resolutions and see if the condition changes.
In the Start menu, click the right mouse button on Computer.
Click on Manage in the drop down menu.
In the left hand menu choose Device Manager.
Click on Display adapters
The adapter in your laptop should be displayed.
Click the right mouse button on the specified adapter.
Choose Uninstall.
When the uninstall is complete, either reboot or Scan for Hardware changes.
This will reinstall the adapter drivers.
You may have to update the drivers.
Make a note of the adapter and model. Search Google for that make and model or go to Sony's site and find the drivers for your laptop. Reinstall or update the drivers.
If all this fails you may need a hardware technician to work on your system.

Mar 23, 2014 | Sony VAIO VPC-L111FX/B 24- Inch All-in-One...

1 Answer

Connect Dell Inspiron 6400 to VIZIO E601i-A3 60-inch 1080p LED HDTV using VGA Connector


When you connect the vizio try changing the resolution settings on your laptop to see if that makes a difference. Could be that your video card output is not really compatible with the higher requirements of the Vizio.

Sep 20, 2017 | Vizio 60" E601I-A3 Full HD LED-LCD TV

1 Answer

Can someone help me connect my Acer Aspire 3680?


Your graphics card on that should push that resolution so I would probably lean toward the tv. Try changing the aspect resolution or (zoom button) on the remote to change the way the screen is delivered. As long as the resolution on the laptop is a widescreen resolution and the same for the television. Make sure in your tv settings, that the aspect is set at 16:9.

Jan 12, 2010 | Acer Aspire 3680 PC Notebook

1 Answer

Screen resolution change = black border around small screen


RIGTH CLICK THEN DISCKTOP THEN PROPERTIES,DESPLAY AD SETTING, CHANGE INTO 1024 BY 768 PEXILS.... TO FIT THE SCREEN RESOLUTION 32BIT ONLY

Jun 04, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 8200 Notebook

1 Answer

How to connect laptop to sony kv-35s45


when connected to the tv, change the laptop resolution settings until you get one that is satisfactory.

Aug 23, 2017 | Sony KV-35S45 35" TV

1 Answer

Cant connect my tv to my pc


Out of range means the screen resolution cannot match the output from your PC. Reduce the resolution on your PC.

Nov 09, 2017 | Televison & Video

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell Inspiron 8100 Notebook Logo

167 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18429 Answers

Clive
Clive

Level 3 Expert

4345 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2679 Answers

Are you a Dell Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...