Form Display Problem

Posted on 2000-03-17
Last Modified: 2010-05-02
I've completed a VB6 project, packaged it and deployed it to CD.  It works, but when the program is loaded onto a laptop/notebook some of the forms do not cover the entire screen and stuff that was/is centered on PC isn't centered anymore.  I have the forms maximized, but it doesn't show on the laptop.  THis effect seems especially severe on gradient forms.  How can I fix it so that no matter what platform the program is loaded on, the user sees the same display??
Question by:DrJax

Expert Comment

ID: 2629063
Make sure you have the WindowState design time property set to TRUE.


Sub formName_onLoad()

formName.windowState = 2 'maximized

end sub

Either will maximize the for any monitor.

Good luck!

Expert Comment

ID: 2629069
Have you got it on the same setting?

i.e  800 x 600 True colour

Expert Comment

ID: 2629163
I'm sorry i misunderstood the question.  If you have the forms maximized go the the VB IDE and go the View and select form layout and verify if the perticular forms are centered there.

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.


Expert Comment

ID: 2629280
This may well be something to do with screendrivers. With some notepad computers there may be a viewable area different to the actual resolution, ie the visible screen may be 800x600 but the screendriver allows panning around an area of 1024x768. In this case your app will think it has 1024x768 to play with when it hasn't which may cause problems.

Accepted Solution

pclement earned 50 total points
ID: 2629290
If I understand your description correctly it sounds like you're having a resolution independence problem. There are a number of ActiveX controls that can help you resolve this issue and if it's severe might be the best route to take.

See if the following helps:


Expert Comment

ID: 2629329
there is other code out there...frmElastic and it's not shareware it's freeware..I'm at work so I don't have the code with me but I have it at home ...if you want a copy of the code and I'll send it to you this weekend.
LVL 28

Expert Comment

ID: 2629603
I remember seeing a similar post before involving the same problem when installing their app onto a laptop.  Leads me to believe that it is most likely a screendriver problem.  Especially if none of these other proposed answers are the solution. Just to check you can always put this in your form_load event:

Me.Height = Screen.Height
Me.Width = Screen.Width
Me.Top = 0
Me.Left = 0

Expert Comment

ID: 2629655
I've had the same problem.  If the program is installed on different models of laptops and some work and some don't, it could be the video driver on the laptop.  I found that if I had the users download and load the most current drivers from the internet the problem was fixed in almost every case.  Don't know why, but it might be worth a look.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Postgres Monitoring System

A PHP and Perl based system to collect and display usage statistics from PostgreSQL databases.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Most everyone who has done any programming in VB6 knows that you can do something in code like Debug.Print MyVar and that when the program runs from the IDE, the value of MyVar will be displayed in the Immediate Window. Less well known is Debug.Asse…
Background What I'm presenting in this article is the result of 2 conditions in my work area: We have a SQL Server production environment but no development or test environment; andWe have an MS Access front end using tables in SQL Server but we a…
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
Get people started with the utilization of class modules. Class modules can be a powerful tool in Microsoft Access. They allow you to create self-contained objects that encapsulate functionality. They can easily hide the complexity of a process from…

809 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question