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Windows 7: Black Frame around everything on my desktop/in games.


19 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Black Frame around everything on my desktop/in games.

Not sure if this fits well here, but it seemed the most appropriate place. I have suddenly been having an issue where everything has a black frame around it, as if it is not fully filling out my computer monitor. This happened for about 30 minutes when i first bought an HDMI cable last year, but it fixed itself (I am not sure how). But now, all the sudden its come back. It started when i was playing an older game i had installed the night before. It worked fine that whole night, then when I went to play it the next day, everything glitched for a second then it came up in a black boarder. And my whole desktop was like this too.

I have been doing research, and everyone says its an Overscan/Underscan issue, which is partially correct. For me, that fixes the desktop, and any programs that don't require a disc. However, things such as older games that do require disc's to run, don't seem to be effected by this solution and keep their black frames, even though they worked fine for so long (a few months).

I am using an ATI Radeon HD 6970 with the most up-to-date drivers. I know the drivers are not the issue because this happened before I updated them. Also, i am using a DELL ST2320L 1980X1080 monitor (I believe it is an LCD monitor). I would really like to avoid having to re-install windows and all the programs, so if anyone can help me out with another solution, I would greatly appreciate it.

Again, this just randomly started happening, and I have been told it is due to the HDMI cable, and they just switching the cable with a normal VGA/DVI Cable works just as well as an HDMI cable. Is this true?

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20 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Ok...here it is...it is the resolution. LCDs are not like CRTs where you can use whatever resolution you want. LCDs are designed with a fixed native resolution in your case 1920x1080. In the Catalyst Control Center for your graphics card you want to find these settings: Scaling options. If they are not there, check your monitor for these options within its menu.

I recommend you use "Preserve Aspect Ratio" to prevent stretched imagery.


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20 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Ok...here it is...it is the resolution. LCDs are not like CRTs where you can use whatever resolution you want. LCDs are designed with a fixed native resolution in your case 1920x1080. In the Catalyst Control Center for your graphics card you want to find these settings: Scaling options. If they are not there, check your monitor for these options within its menu.

I recommend you use "Preserve Aspect Ratio" to prevent stretched imagery.
My CCC doesn't look like that, and when i go to that menu for Scaling options, all i get is a slider bar for Underscan/overscan, and a box to check below it saying "Use scaling values instead of customized settings when the desktop resolution does not match your DFP resolution."
and I have no idea what that means. I've got the Overscan on 0%, and that fixes everything except my older games that still require disc's to play.
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20 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Solved (I think)

Ok, some how clicking preferences and changing to "Follow Windows Scheme" and now the black frame is gone everywhere. old games are working fine and have full screen resolution. Thanks to those who tried to help.
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