I have a dell computer running windows xp. The monitor is stuck on zoom. I have tried properties to change it. I have several other problems with hardrives. Problems with the sound, the zoom, and the operation of the computer itself.
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DPI, or "font size" is variable, depending on your monitor's native resolution, The resolution you have selected for it in Windows (Desktop-->Properties[right-click]-->Display Properties-->Settings), and what program you are currently using (browsers can be "zoomed").
You don't specify your machine type, or the operating system, but let's assume a desktop computer and Windows XP...
Was the monitor recognized properly by the video driver?
Go to Display Properties, settings, advanced, monitor and see if Plug and Play monitor is installed. All modern graphics cards talk to the monitor to discover it's capabilities and should adjust the available resolutions so that the monitor's native resolution is available for choosing. If some other monitor is listed there, change it to Plug and Play monitor. If still having troubles, you can do two things: - update the video driver for your graphics card - find the monitor's .inf file (it should be on a CD that comes with the monitor, or can be downloaded from DELL site), and install this instead of the Plug and Play monitor or whatever you have in your monitor setup (as above, go to monitor - properties - update driver).