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Windows 7: How to fix aspect ratio problem

10 Sep 2016   #1
pypedreams

windows 7 home premium service pack 1 x64
 
 
How to fix aspect ratio problem

Hello,

I've recently started having problems with my computers aspect ration when playing older PC games, as the picture now looks slightly stretched (full screen) even after changing the game resolution. I only have Intel integrated graphics, and the properties scaling is set to maintain display scaling. Could someone please advise me on how to possibly rectify the issue.


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10 Sep 2016   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello mate some system specs would be good hard to work with little info about your machine
System Info - See Your System Specs
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11 Sep 2016   #3
pypedreams

windows 7 home premium service pack 1 x64
 
 

It's a fairly old machine, but I tend to only play low spec PC games. My basic system specs:

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Packard Bell
System Model imedia S3810
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, 3067 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. P01-A1, 31/03/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 2.93 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.92 GB
Total Virtual Memory 5.86 GB
Available Virtual Memory 4.60 GB
Page File Space 2.93 GB
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11 Sep 2016   #4
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If it used to work fine and now does not, logically the most likely change is a driver update. You might look to see if there is a previous driver to roll back to. Alternatively you can pick up a very capable add-in display adapter for very short money. I was recently impressed with the visual enhancements in some of my older games following an upgrade to a sub-$100 card.
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11 Sep 2016   #5
pypedreams

windows 7 home premium service pack 1 x64
 
 

I'd rather try a less drastic approach to resolving the aspect ratio issue. I'm not very tech-savvy, and driver updates can possibly make or break a computer, especially if you've never done it before.

I forgot to mention the aspect ratio problem originally started, after altering the resolution several times for an earlier installed game, then suddenly the monitor screen looked slightly stretched, but after installing another game, the issue still persisted. If anyone has any other advice, it would be much appreciated.
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11 Sep 2016   #6
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Have you reset the screen res to the recommended settings through Control Panel>Appearance>Display>Screen Resolution?
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11 Sep 2016   #7
pypedreams

windows 7 home premium service pack 1 x64
 
 

I assume you can also reset the screen res, by simply right-clicking and choose screen resolution, although I've never altered my recommended settings (1920 x 1080). Thanks for the advice.
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11 Sep 2016   #8
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Did you create a custom setting for your video adapter to optimize visual performance in a particular game? Intel Graphics Control Panel?
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11 Sep 2016   #9
pypedreams

windows 7 home premium service pack 1 x64
 
 

I've never had a reason to alter Intel custom settings, as I only play older low-spec games on my desktop. My computer isn't capable of running high-spec graphics, so I don't really require optimizing visual performance.
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12 Sep 2016   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm I was going to say something about the Intel graphics too but the specs on the CPU only show Intel graphics and nowadays they specify a series like mine runs Intel 4600 series see pic.

If you gnat some way of telling see this
Using HW Info
PART A:
You can test the volts on the PSU with HW Info HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 - Download < download the right bit version and close the right hand window select Sensors and scroll down to the power section where you will see what the volts are doing see my pic. In my pic the section (Nuvoton) with VBATT is a dead give away you are in the section for the rail voltages. There are other section titles and one that pops up often is ITE
Now the voltage on the different rails have to be within 5% =+/- of what is required or the machine will not work properly if at all.
IE
12v = 11.4v min to 12.6max
5v = 4.75v min 5.25v max
3.3v = 3.135v min to 3.465v max
See this for the rail voltage info
PSUs 101: A Detailed Look Into Power Supplies (Section 2.)
The original right hand window shows the machine running and is handy for that but for looking at the components in some detail close it and use the main left hand side panel
FOR OTHER COMPONENTS
PART B:
Open each small square with + in it on the section the components are in and then click on the individual component/s (it will highlight in blue) - in the right hand side will appear all sorts of details including brands speeds and other essential info that particular device. See pic for example.

Run PART B: and click on where I have marked it will tell you just what graphics you have in the machine and more. Post back what you find there is another way but this is the quickest.


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