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Dell Latitude

Posted on 2004-04-29
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I have borrowed home a Dell Latitude from work, and I'm installing a new operative system on it.

I have a problem with the tft screen, it have 3-4 cm wide black borders, only a tiny picture in the middle.

Anyone know the keyboardshortcuts or how to adjust the screen on this machine  ??

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That can be because the specific driver for the display adapter is not installed.  Dell uses NVIDIA and ATI chipsets, so you will need to determine the exact model of adapter in the laptop.  The best way to do this is to go to their web site,

https://support.dell.com/productselection.aspx?UseReferer=true

and enter the service tag number from the sticker on the bottom of the laptop.  

Their site will tell you the original configuration and will have the appropriate drivers for you to download and install.  If you have any trouble doing this, if you can at least post the exact model of video adapter and the amount of RAM, and I can poijnt you to the driver download section of their website.

Let me know your progress,

mrdtn
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Furthermore, if they provide a video BIOS update, it's a good idea to install that too.  You may want to have one or two blank floppies at hand if doing a BIOS update.  If doing a video BIOS update, make absolutely sure you use the correct file.

My experience doing these sorts of things with Dell's website has been very positive.

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mrdtn
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by:Callandor
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I'll bet you don't have the highest resolution possible for this laptop display.  Try changing it.
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This probably isn't what you would like to hear, but....if you reload the operating system and get the drivers installed for the network card (or whatever you need to get online), Dell's support site has a great way to d/l all drivers for that exact hardware in the PC.  You have to enter the Service Tag or Express Service Code on Dell's support web site.  The problem for you may be that you need to register first, which I think requires you to enter a Dell acct. number, but you will have to check to be sure.

Once in the site, the service tag or express service code that you enter will provide you with the drivers for any operating system you choose.  There is a wizard to walk you through the steps.

All of this depends, however, on your ability to register.  I am not aware of another way at this point.  This is the only way I have ever done it.

Good luck,
Jerod
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by:SNilsson
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I found it it was fn + F7.

Now I have full screen.

Points go to... ME.

No :)     for pointing out that there is a service tag number that can be used on dell.com  points go to mrdtn,  thanks.
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I don't think registration is required.
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