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Dell C840 Increasing resolution increase screen size and vice versa

My laptop if run on basic resolution setting the screen or the actual picture/desktop size go to very small size but if I increase the resolution to the maximum i.e. 1600 x 1200 then the desktop becomes full or covers the whole screen. I have updated the video/graphic drivers too but the same problem. It's a nuisance as the icons and texts are really very small in such a resolution. Plz advise.

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    Many thanks and sorry for the delayed reply. You have been so helpful much appreciated.

  • mrsolo102 Apr 02, 2009

    Generic problem for all Graphics Cards
    the computer is a dell c840 with the same issues

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Laptops when running in non native resolutions sometimes tend to use a small area, so that the bluring of text is not noticeable. The reason is that laptop text is only sharp in its native resolution, and in your case the possibility is that your native resolution is 1600x1200 (If you can post the exact model or a link with your machine configuration, I can confirm what the native resolution is).

However you can make the icons and text larger, the best way is to and change the font size in windows (display settings) from the normal to large or extra large. This makes all the fonts much larger and easy on the eye, and it also will keep the text large as you are still running it in native solution mode.

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