Why doesn't my netbook want to use its entire screen anymore?
January 28, 2011 8:01 AM Subscribe
My netbook seems to think its monitor is 3/4 its actual size. Wha?
posted by Casuistry to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
I awoke my netbook (a Compaq Mini 110-1100CA running Windows XP) from hibernation yesterday and discovered that it no longer wanted to use all of its modest monitor. Instead, it is outputting to the upper-left 3/4 of the monitor (as if that were the whole thing -- toolbar at the bottom, etc.). The righthand 1/4 of the screen is black (not dead, just black output); the bottom 1/4 is... the same as the top 1/4, tiled, with maybe 1/4 inch of black buffer space.
This has been a difficult problem to google for, and the one or two relevant hits I've found didn't offer advice that worked. I've done the obvious: restarted, shut down, uninstalled and reinstalled drivers, changed screen resolution (which ended up using the same amount of monitor space, forcing me to scroll along the edges), plugged in an external monitor (which worked fine, but didn't solve my built-in monitor woes), restored to a previous state, etc.
I think the display screen's description of the monitor might have changed since back when it was working, but I admit I haven't paid too close attention to that.
Any suggestions? Many thanks in advance...