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Windows 7: Non-widescreen games used to work with side bars...

14 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Non-widescreen games used to work with side bars...

...but now all my old games running on Windows 7 play with stretched resolution. My dad was tampering around downloading NVidia control panel and overclocking utilities and whatever, I'm not sure, I wasnt with him when he did but somehow installed something that now my old games (which I LOVED how Windows 7 would automatically put sidebars to prevent the "stretching" look of the games) have just the same stretch look it would do when I would play on XP.

I really want to know if anyone has specifically noticed this. I think its great, but now I lost that beautiful benefit and would like to know if anyone has gotten a way to reverse the effect and get the sidebars again.

I think this is some utility issue, I may have to get 7 to recognize the non-widescreen resolutions and put the sidebars automatically again but dont know how. Any ideas?


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14 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

You will need to look into the Nvidia control panel.
I don't have an Nvidia card but my ATI card has the option.
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14 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hmm, I'm really looking at the NVidia control panel back and forth, left and right but dont see any options related to that. I'm going crazy!!
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15 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Wow, umm, I dont know what I did but I booted up my computer the next day and started up Starcraft and now I got the sidebars again. I'm happy now. Must have been the fumbling around with the Nvidia control panel, I dont quite remember what I changed but it did the trick. Thanks for the help
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18 Dec 2009   #5

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

install 185.85 or 186.16 nvidia drivers, the 195.x versions break nvidia scaling.

after installation in the control panel choose 'scaling with fixed aspect ratio' which will get the black bars back.
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18 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Put in Windows Mode.
Get a no-border for the game window.
Clear you desktop and get a black wallpaper.
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18 Dec 2009   #7

@Home: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 / @Work: Windows 8 RP
 
 

I think it's my imagination, but I'm watching the same problem again and again and again in this forum...
I've answered at something similar here: http://www.sevenforums.com/gaming/46653-how-can-i-maintain-aspect-ratio-playing-fullscreen.html#post444643
Hope it helps you.
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18 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yeah, thanks for the help I think I did choose the 'scaling with fixed aspect ratio' option on the control panel, and it did the trick. I got the sidebars back.
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18 Dec 2009   #9

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GatoSoft View Post
I think it's my imagination, but I'm watching the same problem again and again and again in this forum...
I've answered at something similar here: http://www.sevenforums.com/gaming/46653-how-can-i-maintain-aspect-ratio-playing-fullscreen.html#post444643
Hope it helps you.
your link goes to the main forum index
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18 Dec 2009   #10

@Home: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 / @Work: Windows 8 RP
 
 

I don't know what happened with that Permalink... maybe a forum error?
Here is it again: how can I maintain aspect ratio playing fullscreen?

EDIT: This forum is magic. It's now working without using the hyperlink button! xD
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