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Windows 7: How do I resolve my issue with display driver on my Acer Aspire 5050?

05 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Business x64 Service Pack One
 
 
How do I resolve my issue with display driver on my Acer Aspire 5050?

I recently had my Acer Aspire 5050 laptop, which used to run on Vista, updated to Windows 7. I noticed right away that the display resolution looked compressed or 'squashed' and stretched. Went to adjust the resolution but there are only two options: 1024 x 768 (what I understand to be the computer's native resolution, it is a 14.1" screen) or 800 x 600. The only display option is 'Generic PnP Monitor on Standard VGA Graphics Adapter'.

So I went to the Acer website to look at drivers, but there are no driver options for Windows 7 for my Acer model, only Vista or XP. I downloaded the VGA ATI driver that was there for vista and tried opening it in compatibility mode to no avail. I also tried Compute>System Properties>Devise Manager>Display Adapters> Standard VGA Graphics Adapter>Driver>Update Driver....which did nothing. Finally I went to try a 'regedit' hack:
Increase your screen resolution with this Windows 7 hack My Asus Eee PC
which also did not work.

Anyone out there have any suggestions or can tell me what I'm doing wrong? I'm new to this, so maybe it's more obvious than I think! Thanks!

*Also, everything else on Windows 7 OS seems to be working fine as far as programs audio, etc. As far as I can tell right now, just the display is wrong.

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05 May 2012   #2

win7 home premium-64bit-SP1-IE10
 
 

Welcome to the forum

I think there is no update for your VGA driver but to be more sure you can download windows upgrade advisor to see what is applicable to your OS:

Download: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Good luck
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05 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Their is this driver which is for win 7, when you get to the page it's the first on the list, when you click the download link their notice it links directly to acer global
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05 May 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

If you know what make and model the Video card is, you can then go to the source, Nvidia, AMD/ATI, Intel, etc, and look for a driver there. I went to Intel for my Aspire 5920 graphics driver. Later on I noticed that Acer lists it under Vista but not Windows 7.
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