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Virtual Panning Desktop in Vista

Posted on 2008-10-13
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Back in the old days, I once had a program that allowed me to have a "virtual" desktop. While my screen resolution was only 640x480, I could have a much larger desktop which I could pan around inside of. It wasn't multi-monitor, and it wasn't multiple independant desktops, the start menu actually stretched outward and moving the mouse to the edges of the screen caused the "panning window" to move around my virtual desktop.

Does such a tool still exist that works on Vista?

Reason I ask is that my computer is hooked to my TV with 1024x768 max res and some poorly written programs have boxes that are bigger than the screen!
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by:Ric Tutero
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I've connected my Vista to a TV myself. The "panning" feature still does exist but not @ 1024x768 (well, at least not on my TV, where 1024 is the default). I set the resolution to 1280x1024 & it pans around just fine. on a dual monitor setup, you will have to let the TV screen pan first & when getting your mouse to the edge of the screen, only then will it move to your secondary display.

For some reason, though, some full-screen & real-mode apps will automatically adjust on the TV when maximized. But as long as the Windows desktop is visible, it pans.
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Nothing higher than 1024x768 is available for me. Maybe this panning is video card specific? I have an NVidia GeForce 9800 GTX.
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by:Ric Tutero
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It most likely is hardware-specific but I don't have any proof on hand.
But I AM pretty sure the 9800 is capable of higher resolutions. Your card is actually pretty good.
The resolution limit may also be due to the TV's refresh rate
Are the drivers up to date & what color depth do you have it set to?
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Drivers are up to date, color is 32-bit. If I connect a monitor I can go at whatever resolution I like. My TV is limiting the resolution because it's conneted via an old fashioned svideo cable :). That's why I'm interested in getting the desktop-panning working. I remember I used to have this way back in the old days, and back then I wasn't using ATI. I was using something ancient like a Matrox Millenium.

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I've determined that this is not possible to do without a graphics card that explicitly supports it.
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