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Windows remote desktop issue: widescreen has black bars on sides

Posted on 2010-11-12
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Hey guys.

I have a problem with RDC7.
When i'm connecting to another WinXP machines with remote desktop client everything is working correctly, but when i connect to Win7 computer i get these 2 black bars on the side of the screen. (pic below)

i have widescreen monitor and i'm using Windows XP SP3 with newest rdc update.
(V:6.1.7600.16385)

Could it be because my XP is 32bit and 7 is 64bit?

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I'm guessing your res is widescreen, but the target compys aren't.  I think it works like this ... if no-one is logged on, then you can logon and it'll set the res for whatever you want, but if someone is already logged on, then you'll just maintain their res.  Also, if you're saving the RDP shortcuts, then it saves the details from your 1st connection.  So delete any shortcuts and just run directly from Run, mstsc.
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by:TommySzalapski
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When you have the Remote Desktop thing open, before you hit 'connect' go to 'options'->'display' and make sure it's set to Full Screen.
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it could be resolution problem related to end computer
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by:ehendricks
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If the remote system has a standard (non-widescreen) display, then that is what it will push through the remote session, unless you specify a different resolution before connecting.
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by:Lee Osborne
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When you are connected to the RDP session, try using Ctrl + Alt + Pause to force full screen.

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Not quite right but almost :)
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