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Unable To Change Desktop Aspect Ratio


I cannot change the aspect ratio for my desktop. If i go to "intel graphics media accelerator driver for mobile", display settings tab, aspect ratio options button, the system defaults to "full screen". If i select either "maintain aspect ratio", or "center image" the "apply" button stays grayed out and only the "ok" and "cancel" buttons are active, but hitting "ok" doesn't have any affect. Also, in the "personalization" > "desktop background", "picture position" drop down menu box only the "stretch" option works.

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Full Screen Aspect Ratio Problem

I have a new windows 7 laptop with a wide-screen display, and i've connected it via vga to a 4:3 aspect ratio projector. Of course, i set the display resolution to a 4:3 aspect ratio to compensate, and this works just fine on the desktop, but as soon as i attempt to run a full-screen overlay, say from a media player or a powerpoint presentation, the system makes the assumption that it's still in a wide-screen format, and inserts black bars on the left and right to compensate, which overcompensates on the already 4:3 ratio screen, resulting in everything being scrunched up in the center and stretched vertically.

Posted On: 2010-05-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-20 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-24 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I cant say for sure but i think this all started after i installed the last update. I dont want to mess things up by undoing important updates.


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Other devises are working fine on 2 other adapters but they have software that controls them where this one being used for push to talk on the radio (for digital communications) does not it is just relying on the voltage change from dtr dts and ground to key a small circuit that in turn keys the radio, when the voltage drops back to normal it unkeys the radio. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and feel free to email direct to email removed for privacy if you like.


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Posted On: 2010-08-11 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-09 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-09 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

How To Change Monitor Assignments?

I did a clean install of windows 7 64bit. I have a 9800xt gpu. After i got everything installed and stable i added my tv to the second video port. What i want to do is have the tv as an extended desktop and run my video on it. I now have two problems. The first is that my monitor assignments got swapped - my pc monitor is no #1 and my tv is now #2. This creates alkl kinds of problems. When i boot bios is displayed on one screen and windows on another. Another problem is that running extended desktop my icons appear on the tv and my pc monitor gets the windows default background.

I want it the other way around. All i can do now is clone but this has it's problems. The last issue is that when i run media centre full screen my mouse pointer disappears. I've tried removing the drivers and reinstalling. No matter what i cannot change the monitor assignments. Does anyone know a way to do this?


Posted On: 2010-03-21 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-09-29 . View Related Posts . . View 23 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-14 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I doubled clicked the hour and used the arrows to set it correctly. And also with the minutes and seconds. And i changed the date. I clicked ok. Nothing happened- nothing changed, and the wrong time is still there. So what happened? How do i fix the time?


Posted On: 2010-07-04 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-05-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-19 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-27 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-06-18 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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1) how do i stop this nattering and force windows 7 to leave me alone and run the application?

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I have uninstalled and reinstalled the application several times with no luck.


Posted On: 2010-02-19 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Do i really have to reinstall the whole computer?
Is there not a way to just change the display language?

I have already started to use the computer and it will take 14 days until i get my dvd. Isn't there any work around to just upgrade windows 7 or just change language in an easy way. It doesn't matter if the operating system is in english but i need the displays to show text in swedish.


Posted On: 2010-02-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-07 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .