Screen not filling my monitor - Windows 7

I have a couple duplicate monitors. They are both Dell and exactly the same model, year, etc.

And, I have them both set on exactly the same resolution, 1280 x 1024. However my right monitor (#3) fills up the entire screen while my left monitor (#2) is leaving black blank areas at the top and bottom AND cuts off a portion of the left and right side of windows that I have maximized. This even happens with my desktop wall paper.

This just started happening. I guess after I updated something. Don't remember what.

Here are some screenshots to help explain. I need the left monitor (#2) to fill up the monitor space as #3 does.

Need help!
left monitor - #2right monitor - #3
JaseStAsked:
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comfortjeaniusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Did you try to revert the changes by choosing the last restore point?
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minlauCommented:
what graphics card are you using?
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
Had system restore turned off. Thought I had it on so turned it on again.

I have an inboard Intel HD Graphics 3000. Dell Inspiron laptop.

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minlauCommented:
try updating your graphics card from the manufacture site:

www.nvidia.com
www.intel.com
or
www.amd.com

choose your appropriate graphics card and download it.
Install the driver and restart, see if it fixed it.

Let me know if it works
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
Did that, and it is Intel. Updated drives. No change.
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
driver
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Did you push the 'Auto Size' button on the monitor?
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
there is not Auto Size option on the monitor and I went through every menu option and did a factory reset. Nothing changed.
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
so here is the monitor screenshot.

This is interesting. In the attached screenshot of the screen from monitor 2 it shows the browser filling up the entire monitor screen, but what I see is black bars along the top with the browser being cutoff.

bottomscreen shot
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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's odd.  Out of the 13 LCD monitors that I have including a couple of Dell's, they All have an Auto button somewhere.  What model do you have?

And the screen shot would never show the black because it is taken from video memory, not the actual screen.
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
E197FP

Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000 [Display adapter]

DELL E197FP [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n XX-0WH319-XXXXX-68B-331L, August 2006)

DELL E198WFP [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n XX-073731-XXXXX-7BC-JPDS, November 2007)

Guess they both aren't exactly the same.
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JaseStAuthor Commented:
Thing is that if I change the resolution in #2 to 1400 x 1050 it fills up the screen and I can see everything.... including the constant nag notice in the middle of my screen: "Cannot Display This Video Mode, Optimum resolution 1280 x 1024 60hz"
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