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Cant change screen resolution

I can't change my screen resolution above 640 x 480 pixels

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Need More info like model # of machine. Sounds like you have lost the correct video card drivers

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How do i get my computer out of the resolution mode?

Apparently the monitor screen resolution setting is not correct. Screen resolution stays up until it is corrected.

Either the setting is off in Windows, or you have been changing the monitor settings, with the monitor.


Right-click on an empty area of your desktop screen.
Left-click on Properties at the bottom of the list.
Left-click on the Settings tab.
Go down to where it states Screen Resolution.

What is the pixel setting? For example mine states 1600 x 900 pixels.
I am running dual monitors, and this is the correct screen resolution for the Primary monitor.

If it wasn't I would Left-click on the Slider, hold the left mouse button down, and slide the Slider to the correct native resolution.

(Under Screen Resolution is a line. To the left it states - Less
To the right of the line it states - More
The Slider is the rectangular down arrow on the line )

Under the Color quality heading, make sure in the box under it, that it states - Highest (32 bit)
IF not, left-click on the blue down arrow to the right.
Then left-click right on - Highest (32 bit)

How to know what is the native resolution for your monitor?
Look at the manufacturer name, and the model number on the back.
Type this information in your browser search bar, then click on the search icon.

Look for Specifications.

If you changed the screen resolution settings with the monitor, press the Menu button. The screen should go off.

ALSO, with a new monitor there is an Installation CD Disk, provided with it.
This disk MUST be used. It has the drivers for the monitor on it.

[ Drivers: Small pieces of software that allow the Operating System to 'communicate' with a device.

The monitor is a Device.
Windows XP, and Windows 7 are two examples of an O/S.
Operating System ]

If you have Vista or Windows 7, post in a Comment.
For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Feb 11, 2012 | Dell PC Desktops

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Text to small

Change Your Font size.

1.Right Click on Desktop Click Properties "Display Properties will appear".
2.Click Appearance Change Font Size to Large Fonts or Extra Large Fonts.
3.Click Apply and Ok.


Adjust Screen resolution.

1.Right Click on Desktop Click Properties.
2.Click Settings Adjust Screen resolution to 800 by 600 pixels
3.Apply and Ok.

Aug 13, 2011 | PC Desktops

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My computer monitor is not displaying the icons well that is you cant read them well.

If you are getting problem in display then try changing the resolution of your desktop.
1. First right click anywhere on desk top and click on "Properties"
There you will find a tab named "Setting" Click on that.
There you will see "Screen resolution" and you can adjust the resolution .
Try changing it until you are satisfied

Hope the above information will be helpful to you.

Oct 07, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Frequency out of range

First of all press F8 key several times before window boots and then select last known good configuration otherwise go in safemode and then set the screen resolution to minimum.

Jul 28, 2010 | Gateway 838GM (RB838GM) PC Desktop

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Pixels per inch

Pixels per inch (PPI) is a measure of the sharpness

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Dear Sir, I am sarjad i have one pc of windows XP there is slight problem regarding with display setting . i want to change my display setting please give me a currect way. my screen resolution is 1280 by...

the resolution depends on the VGA card you have & the display or monitor you have. if you are given by default some modes those are the best suitable for viewing. any way can if you can let me know the motherboard model, VGA card model & Monitor you are using. i might be able to give you some help

Jan 20, 2009 | PC Desktops

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We can't get our screen resolution back to what it was (1024x768) it changed when a game being played ended. It runs on 800x600 at the moment and everything is too big.

First right-click on the desktop and then left click on Properties from the menu that appears.

The display properties dialogue box will appear as shown in fig 1.1 below, click on the settings tab at the top right of the box.


The areas worth noting are:

Screen Resolution
This slide bar is what you use to change the resolution, the options you have will depend on your graphics card and monitor, but the standard options are 800x600, 1024x768 and 1152x864.

Normally the default (in XP) is set to 800x600 which means the display will be 800 pixels wide and 600 pixels high.

Color Quality
This pull down box will contain the current colour options available, again this will depend on your grahics card and monitor, for best results select the highest option available.Changing the Resolution
To change your resolution simply slide the bar along to the resolution of your choice and then click the Apply button.

After clicking Apply your screen will resize to the new resolution and you will be presented with a confirm dialogue box (see left), if you are happy with the way your screen looks then simply click Yes, if you would like to try a different resolution click No.

When you have finished simply close the Display properties box.

Aug 05, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Screen resolution

you will need to reinstall your video/display drivers and make sure you download the correct ones for the site. (toshiba's site).

Jun 19, 2008 | Toshiba Equium 6200M (PV1026U-01A) PC...

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Monitor does not work

Hai there
follow the tips
Right click on the desktop(in a blank space)
select properties
In the display Properties dialog box click Settings tab. There u can change the Screen resolution to the required 1250x1440 it its availabe. It not, click the Advanced button.
In the dialog box shown, select Adapter tab.
Click on List all Modes button.
Here form the list select the resolution, Bit rate and frequency.
if you don't find the required resolution, u will have to install the driver for the Graphics Adapter of the motherboard. It is available in the motherboard CD.
Hope this will solve ur problem
good luck

Jun 14, 2008 | PC Desktops

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It sounds as though your screen resolution has changed for some reason. It is unusual for this to happen on its own, but it is possible.

Your computer will allow different monitors to be used and there are settings that you can adjust for the best resolution depending on your monitor's requirements.

The reason your icons were all large is probably because your computer changed to a lower resolution.

Try the following
Click Start\Settings\Control Panel
Then Click Display
When the box opens click Settings
When the new window opens you will see an adjustment called "Screen resolution" and a slider marked 'more' at one end and 'less' at the other.
Most modern monitors are set to 1024 by 768 pixels or above. Try moving your slider to a higher setting then click Apply\Ok

You computer will take a second or so to change.
Best wishes...

Mar 10, 2008 | PC Desktops

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