laptop - display area smaller than screen

Posted on 2003-03-25
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I was having some problems with the 800 x 600 LCD screen of my toshiba laptop - it shows colours in the negative, but I'm not sure if it's a hardware or software problem. I tried using the windows 98 system troubleshooter and did first a diagnostic step-by-step, then a selective start up on Process Config.sys File. Wasn't sure with the individual steps so I just answered yes to all the questions. When it was finished the display area had changed to be smaller than the screen area. I tried restoring the backup I had created before I did the start ups but it had no effect. With the display area this size the desktop fits okay but in Word and Internet Explorer the windows are the normal screen size and I have to scroll back and forth to see everything. Have tried adjusting screen area in 'display' on the control panels button but it won't hold. Have also tried changing monitors in tab under 'display', 'settings','advanced', 'monitors' but makes no difference. please help, this is extremely frustrating and annoying
Question by:malien
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Greetings, malien!
   Right click on an empty area of your Desktop. Select Properties > Settings. Adjust the screen area to 800 x 600. Click "Apply". Then adjust the Colors to your liking.

Best wishes, war1
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rayt333 earned 225 total points
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Can you remove the display adapter from Device Manager, then reboot and let it find and reinstall it.
You may need to boot up into Safe Mode and make sure there isn't a ghost entry of the video adapter, if so remove them all then reboot into normal mode.

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Some Toshiba Tools can directly access the Laptops BIOS... perhaps, you changed something there...

Search for an Option like "Strech Display" in your Laptops BIOS.



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Also try to go to System Properties, Device Manager tab, click on the Diplay Adapter to expand then select your driver.  Then click on the PROPERTIES button and click on the Driver tab. Then click on the Update Driver.  Hope this help.
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Is this something which happened after updating the display driver or performing a reinstallation?

If so, then I would suspect that you have the wrong driver version.  I have found that occasionally you have to try the previous versions of the same driver to get a good match for this very problem.

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