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Screen has shrunk

My screen has shrunk leaving a black strip on each side. i tried changing the resolution but it just get smaller. its currently on 1024x768 which displays the black drips. please help

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  • steph Jan 08, 2013

    when i click detect in the screen resolution window, it automatically goes to 800 x 600 and wont let me change it. i can choose different options but automatically defaults back to 800x600!!!

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Graphics chipset is going bad, or monitor

1) Have you tried the monitor on another working computer?

2) Do you have a graphics card installed?
NOT referring to Integrated Graphics. That is from the motherboard, and not a dedicated graphics adapter card.

If so do you have a replacement? If not do you have a graphics card you can install?

3) Plus; is this the monitor that came with the eMachines?
If not see if the monitor has drivers that are available.

Driver: Small piece of software that allows the Operating System to communicate with a device

The device in this case is the monitor.
Do not know what the O/S is, wasn't stated.

4) I abhor posting generic information.
Post the Model Number of the eMachines in a Comment.
Post what Operating System you are using. Windows? Post the version.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Posted on Jan 07, 2013

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  • steph Jan 08, 2013

    im not really a computer wiz so i have no idea how to find out the O/S or emachine model. I am using windows 7. I recently found out that my friend tried removing ATI catalyst install manager when the screen shrunk. could this be the problem?

  • steph Jan 08, 2013

    also when I go to change screen resolution it has a 'display' box with a drop down area. all i can select is 1. (default monitor) on.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 08, 2013

    Right-click on Computer. Left-click on Properties at the bottom of the list. There is what version of Windows you are using. Removed ATI Cataylst Control Panel? Now I want to know why. Reasons it would be removed; 1) You have a diffferent graphics card installed. A different version of an ATI Radeon graphics card, or it is an Nvidia graphics card now. 2) Your graphics card went bad, and the person who helped you removed it, and now you are using Integrated Graphics. (If so this was a dumb move. Windows won't use that software, (Drivers and ATI Catalyst Control), unless there is an ATI graphics card installed) So,.........we need to go deeper Thompson_723. I need to know if you have a graphics card installed, and what the model number is. !O_O! Not that hard really. In fact let's cheat. Download and install the free tiny program, GPU-Z,http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/ No? Then I need you to physically look at the graphics card. I need the numbers off of it, and manufacturer name, (IF stated. Numbers, yes. Name? Maybe no) It is because you have no graphics drivers, that Windows has put the default monitor in place. Driver: Small piece of software that allows the Operating System to communicate with a device. The device is the graphics chipset, the O/S is Windows 7; although the version hasn't been stated yet. (Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; the list goes on) It IS because you have no graphics drivers, that you cannot change screen resolution, or have the correct screen resolution set by Windows. Don't suppose you are in contact with this person? Need to find out what they did. Regards, joecoolvette

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    joecoolvette Jan 08, 2013

    Forgot. The model number should be on the back, near the Windows product key; or up on the side of the computer tower.

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    joecoolvette Jan 09, 2013

    Nothing like being a day late, and a dollar short; with a possibly needed bit of advise. Follow Anti-Static Precautions, BEFORE reaching inside your computer. Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer. Relieve your body of Static. Computer ON a table, (Or workbench), computer unplugged from power, computer case open; TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case. This action will relieve your body of Static. IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return. Just in case you wanted to remove that graphics card, to see manufacturing ID number/letters.

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Click start control panel display desktop you can select a different desktop from the drop down list or a browse button where you can select different pictures this may vary depending on your operating system also you can change the settings for more or less pixels or from the drop down list pick the appropriate level of color range or troubleshoot also select advanced then general dpi normal , larger or custom settings
Always click APPLY after making any changes windows 7 Open Personalization by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Personalization. Click Window Color and Appearance. Under Window Color and Appearance, click the color you want, and then click OK. Note If you see the Appearance Settings dialog box instead of the Window Color and Appearance window, the theme might not be set to Windows Vista, the color scheme might not be set to Windows Aero, or the computer might not meet the minimum hardware requirements for running Windows Aero. For more information, see Troubleshoot problems with Windows Aero. Hope this helps.

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    Brian Sullivan Jan 08, 2013

    Lcd monitor ? Right-click on your desktop. Click "Screen Resolution." Examine the options in the window onscreen. This information relates to the current settings of the LCD monitor that is connected to your eMachines computer. If something immediately jumps out at you as incorrect, click the drop-down box to change the setting. Click "Screen Resolution" and verify that the setting listed as "recommended" is selected. The recommended resolution is the maximum possible resolution for your specific monitor and is the one that your computer needs to be set to for the best picture quality. If it isn't selected, select this option.Click "Orientation." Unless you have set your LCD monitor on its side, the orientation option should be set to "Landscape." If it is set to "Portrait," click the drop-down box and select "Landscape." Click "Apply" to confirm your changes.

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jan 08, 2013

    Brian, the drivers are not installed. No drivers, you get the default monitor option.

  • sh4rkbyt3 Jul 04, 2013

    This has nothing to do with either the monitor going bad or the shipset. Bad advice dude! This has been an ongoing display driver issue with Dell on almost all Latitude series laptops for eons!

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    joecoolvette Jul 07, 2013

    So are we talking since the Jurassic Period sharkbite, or perhaps earlier? Bahahahahaha..........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geologic_ti... {'Eons'} Good of you to post, and your solution would be?.............

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jul 07, 2013

    Also would like to know how this applies to a Dell desktop computer, with an LCD monitor?????????????????

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Use the OSD (On Screen Display) controls on your monitor to change the "vertical-size' and "horizontal-size" of your picture.

Then, try a different monitor, to see if your monitor is the problem, or if your video-card is the problem.

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Hi benjaminleyv,


I see that you are having issues with your video mode on the system error Optimum resolution 1024x768 60Hz.

you will need to set your system Monitor settings to 59Hz to be able to get video again on the issue,
follow steps below.

- Assuming you have windows7 on your system, right click anywhere on your desktop a pop-up will show a list, select Screen Resolution.
- Once on the Screen Resolution page on the click on Advance Settings.
- In the Advance Settings page there will be tabs to select above, select Monitor, in Monitor look for Screen Refresh Rate, click on the Drop down and select 59Hz then Click Apply.
- After setting the Screen Refresh Rate close all the windows that we opened then restart your computer.

If the above fails to work you can try the below steps.

- As soon as you turn your Computer ON keep on tapping F8 until you see the Windows Advance Options Menu.
- In the Windows Advance Options Menu, select Enable VGA mode or Low-resolution then press Enter.
- This will restart your Computer in a Low Resolution once you are logged in Windows change your system resolution to the way you had it before 1024x768. this should work, but first try the steps above that should fix your concern.

I hope that I was able to give you information that will resolve your concern.

Have a nice day,

mvincentc

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