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ray Stephens Feb 25, 2003, 06:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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HELP. When I begin to play a game, the size of my screen changes (gets smaller), this could be because my desktop resolution is different than my Game resolution, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know how to fix this? I don't want 1600X1200 desktop resolutioon because I can't see anything, on the otherhand, I would like to have it for games.


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ben wilson Feb 25, 2003, 06:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
this is most likely a setting that needs to be changed in your game. what game is it?

Mathiau Feb 25, 2003, 07:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
games will switch to the resolution they were made to run at - or u choose them to run @ in their options.

once you quit the game it should reset your desktop to your previous size.

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ray Stephens Feb 25, 2003, 09:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
I am playing Morrowind at 1600X1200. It isn't my Desktop that is having the size problem that is what I adjusted my screen to. It is the game that is smaller. I wonder, if I readjust the screen during game play, will it jack up the settings I have on my desktop since they are at different resolutions? My desktop is set to 1152X864.

ben wilson Feb 25, 2003, 09:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
your desktop resolution won't affect anything.


i don't have this game so i can't say exactly what to do but try tinkering with the video settings. play in 800 x 600 and see if the problem goes away and look for any kind of options that might be enabled for playing inside of a window.

ray Stephens Feb 25, 2003, 10:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
yes, i can play inside of a window, but i can't move the window.

Andy Parker Feb 26, 2003, 02:35am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
It's probably your monitor that's the problem. If it's anything like my Sony, it stores different screen sizes depending on the resolution you're running at. I first noticed this when Half-Life switched from my desktop resolution 0f 1024x768 down to 800x600. I suddenly had a nice thick black border around the image. I quick adjustment of the horizontal and vertical sizes on the monitor to expand the picture to full screen solved the problem.


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Rhort Feb 26, 2003, 04:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This is a common thing. If you read the games instruction manual thoroughly, youll probably see that it tells you that playing the game at a higher resolution than your desktop is not recommended and this is one of the reasons why.

Essentially, when you run a program in a Windows environment thats not in a window, as such, Windows creates a shell for the video drivers to run in. Although it might not look like it, what youre seeing on screen is still, technically, in a window on your desktop. When the resolution of the programs window is a different size to the resolution of your desktop, you occasionally get problems, because the program temporarily alters your desktop resolution so that it can fit its window on it. There are occasions when its difficult (or even impossible) to put the resolution back when its finished, so you get left with the desktop at the size that the program was when it terminated.

I get the same thing, because I have my desktop at 1280x960 and I like to play most games at the biggest resolution theyll go to. I downloaded a shareware application that records macros in Windows 2000 and now, when I get a different resolution after a game, I just hit Ctrl+Shift+D and it puts my desktop back to 1280x960.

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ray Stephens Feb 26, 2003, 06:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
OK, so if I change the screen size in 1600X1200, it won't mess with my screen size in 1152X864?

Eric M Feb 27, 2003, 10:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
The screen settings for the size of the image is a function of both the resolution AND the refresh rate you are running. In other words, if you set the screen size to full width and height using the monitor controls for 1024x768 at 100Hz, but the game defaults to only 60Hz (a common problem in Windows 2K and XP), then your screen size will be off.

All you have to do is adjust the screen size while the game is running (in whatever mode that is), and it should remember the settings next time you go in.

This is my guess since not too many monitors support 1600x1200 in anything but 60Hz. Personally, I would rather run in a lower resolution and at a higher refresh rate (i.e. at least 75 Hz). If your games won't run in anything but 60Hz at any resolution, then I would consider getting a registry tweaker to force it (as I said, this is a common problem with Win 2K and XP, but easily fixed). It's just easier on the eyes to have a higher refresh.

ray Stephens Feb 27, 2003, 05:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
Yes, I agree, 60Hz hurts my eyes, I have my desktop at 75, I just got this monitor, so I think I have to install a new driver for it, maybe that would help.

ray Stephens Feb 27, 2003, 05:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
Ok, get this, I have a 19" Flat screen Orion Monitor. Were would I get a good driver for this?

ray Stephens Feb 27, 2003, 06:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
No need, I figured it out with ya'lls help. I just went to 1600X1200 on my desktop, adjusted the settings and BAM!!! It worked, I went back to the original and everything was fine, the monitor remembered the old settings, alright!

Mathiau Feb 28, 2003, 12:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
As was said - if the refresh rate changes, then u will get the black border - screen shrinkage.

if u go to your vid properties now, and lower the refresh level to 60mhz then your screen size likely will not fit the montitor.

Also, you maybe able to go higher with the refresh rate - uncheck the "Hide modes that this monitor can not display"

with mine i can get 85mhz @ 1600 x 1200 - but have that checked - it only shows 75mhz.

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ray Stephens Feb 28, 2003, 01:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
I think you mean Hertz, not Megahertz, as in 60 oscillations per second, not 60 million. But on the other hand, I noticed no difference changing refresh rates. Luckily my monitor saves the settings for each resolution change so that I can switch around without having to fiddle with the monitor settings every time. But I guess every monitor can do that. All I needed to know I have learned. Thanks everyone!

ray Stephens Feb 28, 2003, 01:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: The size of my screen changes while playing a game.
Actually, now that I look at what you have written, little m stand for milli and large M stand for Mega.


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