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Windows 7: Screen resolution problem


30 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
Screen resolution problem

While I was playing a game, a message popped up and said I needed to change to 1680 X 1050.
I did that, but was not able to see part of the screen.
I went back to check the setting and it showed 800 X 680.

This happened again, even after a reboot.

I have an Acer x223 W.
Any advice appreciated.

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30 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello PSC02007,

Can I ask which game is affected by this problem you're having? Is it just one game or is it a global problem?

Also your system specs indicate you're using an Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated solution for your graphics card (which comes on the i7 processor i believe), but i reckon you're using a powerful dedicated AMD/NVIDIA graphics card for your main graphics card as your rig seems to be build for gaming.

Can you add the dedicated graphics card to your system specs so that we can narrow the problem down more easily?

Thanks in advance!
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30 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
Screen Resolution

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Hello PSC02007,

Can I ask which game is affected by this problem you're having? Is it just one game or is it a global problem?

Also your system specs indicate you're using an Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated solution for your graphics card (which comes on the i7 processor i believe), but i reckon you're using a powerful dedicated AMD/NVIDIA graphics card for your main graphics card as your rig seems to be build for gaming.

Can you add the dedicated graphics card to your system specs so that we can narrow the problem down more easily?

Thanks in advance!
Hi Solarmystic, (Great Name!!)

I don't have a dedicated graphics card.
Just a chip built in to the Motherboard.

Here's a link to what I bought. ASUS P8Z77-V Thermaltake Barebones Kit - ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard, Intel Core i7-2600K CPU, Kingston 8GB DDR3 RAM Kit, Seagate 2TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Case w/700W PSU at TigerDirect.com

The game was called Slamtilt Pinball.

Thanks,
Paul
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30 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Okay... just to clarify,

Are you playing Slamtilt Pinball (which was a game made in the late 90s - early 00s for windows 98), or a modern remake SlamIt Pinball (SlamIt Pinball : Big Score • Home page) by Technetium games?

They both have issues with Windows 7 that need resolving.
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30 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Okay... just to clarify,

Are you playing Slamtilt Pinball (which was a game made in the late 90s - early 00s for windows 98), or a modern remake SlamIt Pinball (SlamIt Pinball : Big Score • Home page) by Technetium games?

They both have issues with Windows 7 that need resolving.
The game is from the '90s.
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30 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Ah okay then,

Have you tried the requisite compatibility settings before running the game?

Right click on the game's executable and select it to run under Windows XP compatibility

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Trying the color / resolution settings in that compatibility dialogue might be a good idea as well...

If all else fails... you've got to disable DirectDraw acceleration in DirectX for just that application by using this nifty tool for Windows 7 from the Direct X SDK

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Unzip the attachment using WinRAR/Winzip/7zip, open the directory, double click on dxcpl.exe, go to the DirectDraw tab and untick Use Hardware Acceleration. Just a heads up, this option may break compatibility with other legcay (old ) graphical applications so use it as a last resort. But you can easily revert it by ticking the option again and clicking apply.

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Hope that helps!


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30 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Ah okay then,

Have you tried the requisite compatibility settings before running the game?

Right click on the game's executable and select it to run under Windows XP compatibility

Attachment 219056

Trying the color / resolution settings in that compatibility dialogue might be a good idea as well...

If all else fails... you've got to disable DirectDraw acceleration in DirectX for just that application by using this nifty tool for Windows 7 from the Direct X SDK

Attachment 219057

Unzip the attachment using WinRAR/Winzip/7zip, open the directory, double click on dxcpl.exe, go to the DirectDraw tab and untick Use Hardware Acceleration. Just a heads up, this option may break compatibility with other legcay (old ) graphical applications so use it as a last resort. But you can easily revert it by ticking the option again and clicking apply.

Attachment 219058

Hope that helps!
Thanks,
I'll try your suggestions. but what is causing my screen resolution to change?

Also, added to your Rep.
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30 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

To answer your question, i'm not very sure.. it could just be a quirk of the ancient software (in computing years).... If it's only localized to that particular game
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Ah okay then,

Have you tried the requisite compatibility settings before running the game?

Right click on the game's executable and select it to run under Windows XP compatibility

Attachment 219056

Trying the color / resolution settings in that compatibility dialogue might be a good idea as well...

If all else fails... you've got to disable DirectDraw acceleration in DirectX for just that application by using this nifty tool for Windows 7 from the Direct X SDK

Attachment 219057

Unzip the attachment using WinRAR/Winzip/7zip, open the directory, double click on dxcpl.exe, go to the DirectDraw tab and untick Use Hardware Acceleration. Just a heads up, this option may break compatibility with other legcay (old ) graphical applications so use it as a last resort. But you can easily revert it by ticking the option again and clicking apply.

Attachment 219058

Hope that helps!
Just noticed your remark about color.
Which setting in color would I use?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Try and experiment around with 256 colors (ticking it on or off) or even 640 x 480 resolution... thats what i meant...
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