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LeeinEdmonton

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09-12-2008 07:07 PM

my monitor does not display a full screen ? There is a black band about 3/4” wide down the right side of the monitor screen & 1/2” black bands top & bottom. I suspect it can be adjusted to full screen but that super duper Windows XP book that cost me close to $50.00 doesn’t say anything about screen size.

-- Lee


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Wesser

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#1 posted 09-12-2008 07:30 PM

Lee, I would suspect that your monitor may need adjusted. Does it have a set of buttons of some kind (usually right on the front face just below the screen)? Most monitors are adjustable for horizontal/vertical size, and centering, as well as a variety of other settings. Hope this helps!

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#2 posted 09-12-2008 07:33 PM

Go to the “start menu”—lower left hand side of the screen.
Click on ”control panels” then “appearances and themes” then ”change screen resolution”

Change your resolution to 600×800 if it’s not and see what it looks like. You may have to fiddle bewteen your video card your monitor and XP to get a full screen but that is life on windows. <vbg>
you’ve seen the ads. <g>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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LeeinEdmonton

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#3 posted 09-12-2008 08:06 PM

Thanks Bob but the only problem is that under control panel there is no “appearances & themes” to click on.

-- Lee

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SteveKorz

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#4 posted 09-12-2008 08:09 PM

Lee, when you are in the control panel, you might try it under “display.” Once in the display window, it is under the “settings” tab on mine.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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lew

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#5 posted 09-12-2008 08:10 PM

Lee,
Try closing out the Internet Explorer and going back to just your desktop. Position the cursor in an area of the desktop that doesn’t have any icons and right click. The window that opens should have the stuff that Bob described.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 09-12-2008 08:22 PM

Lee, on the right hand side in the control panel you can switch from”classic view” to “category ” view.
I was hoping you were in category view.
If you are in classic view mode look for the icon with display under it and click on that.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 09-12-2008 08:42 PM

You problem is all in the monitor adjustments. Has nothing to do with the video card or windows. Get you monitor manual out.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#8 posted 09-12-2008 10:25 PM

I agree with Dave here. Where your monitor power switch is you’ll find an array of others that will help you correct this, but sadly, the whole problem could be a bad monitor too. If it’s one of those CRT ones (and your problem sounds like it is) then you’re due an upgrade anyhow. Go to www.newegg.com for some cool deals on LCD monitors. Their prices are just about the best you’ll find and it is where I shop for my goodies.

But first try a hard reboot…unplug the whole kit and kaboodle from the wall, wait a min. then plug it back in. Restart your computer and see if the problem goes away. (I don’t think it will. The CRT guns are controlled with electromagnets and it sounds like the circuit is bad).

Here’s another idea…ask the neighbors teenager for help!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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LeeinEdmonton

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#9 posted 09-12-2008 10:50 PM

Well I do thank all of you for responding. I have managed to eliminate the black top & bottom bands & the best I can achieve on the right side band is a reduction from 3/4” wide to 1/2” wide. I therefore suspect that my 8-1/2 year old monitor is showing it’s age & as Dave says….due for an upgrade. Will continue with it for now until I get past some heavy expenses (new carpets & kitchen counters), then maybe Santa will come through for me.

-- Lee

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 09-13-2008 12:39 AM

Lee if you are ready for a new screen see the guys at Honor computers on 131st street and 118th ave. They have always done right by me.

Ask for Nick and tell him you know me. ( that will cost you more <vbg>)

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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lew

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#11 posted 09-13-2008 05:15 AM

Another great place is www.tigerdirect.com

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 09-13-2008 07:54 AM

I had a terrible experience with tigerdirect.com. I now only buy at newegg.com or amazon.com. dell.com has good deals sometimes too. Check slickdeals.net or bensbargains.com for deals on computer stuff. Or better yet, Black Friday is coming soon. I always make most of my computer purchases on Black Friday.

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Dadoo

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#13 posted 09-13-2008 05:06 PM

Yeah Lee, you don’t have to replace your computer for the monitor, but at 8+ years old, maybe it’s time to do that as well. Dell is always offering interesting deals and you can find HP at Walmart cheap too. But I’d go check out Honor Computers as Bob#2 suggested.

Me and my geek buddies have shopped Tigerdirect as well and found Newegg still to be better.

Oh…the new LCD monitors are plug and play, meaning you just plug it in and it should work without additional programming or hassles.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 09-14-2008 03:05 PM

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/ (GoogleGear)
http://www.newegg.com

Both are good but alwasy check

http://www.bestbuy.com/ and http://www.circuitcity.com/

http://froogle.google.com
Fry’s www.Outpost.com
http://www.pricegrabber.com/
http://www.pricewatch.com/

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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