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How do you change windows to NOT use all of your available desktop resolution?

Posted on 2011-02-27
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I am making a MAME machine and I have a 40 inch LCD installed portrait orentation in the cabinet.  This means that the display native is 1920x1080 but I only want to use the screen as 1320x1080 (4 inches of the LCD are not visable).   I have played with powerstrinp, but am not having any luck at all.   Is there anyway or software to tell Windows 7 to send a full 1920x1080 signal, but to have black bars on the area not needed and not use it?
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by:ded9
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You can try connecting a HDMI or DVI cable from your computer to LCD. You should be able to set the resolution.


Try it


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HI,

You might have seen this post already, they go over creating a custom driver using that powerstrip tool. Seems to be the better bet for your situation. It's tough when the screen is bigger than the cabinet. Might make better sense to get a smaller display, say a 36 in display.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/94-63-screen-resolution-windows-1680x1050 

Hope this helps!
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torimar earned 664 total points
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Doesn't your graphics adapter configuration tool offer such possibilities?
In the Nvidia Control Panel, for instance, under "Display", you may configure size and position of the dektop.
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by:Jackie Man
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Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit? If 64 bit, it will be difficult to achieve what you want to do as Windows 7 64 bit must use certfied MS driver.
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I am awarding to all three of you.  The main issue was I was on a rotated display and this was confusing PowerStrip.  It was switching H and V signal timings. I also had to downgrade to XP and Win 7 64 bit would not allow the resolution.
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