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Windows 7: Programming FAILS

03 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
Programming FAILS

I am making this thread to see if other people out there are running across problems that are just so ridiculous that they need to be shared. First off, I think we can start with the most obviously stupid error screen anyone has ever seen, which states:

Keyboard Not Found
Press Any Key to Continue

Now, let's think about this. When the group of people who were responsible for developing this software made this like it is, what were they thinking? Did they just not notice the entire time, did they themselves never run into this error the whole time the system was under development? I mean, it's just plain obvious how stupid that error is.

Now let's move on to another issue with video cards. I have noticed that whenever a program such as a game, changes the resolution of the screen, you better hope that the supported resolutions fall under the one that the game changed it to. Most games will have configuration menus but some do not. How in the world can you change a screen back from a resolution that's not supported if you can't see the screen to do it? Windows has the automatic revert feature but what if someone who is not experienced hits the tab and enter key then sticks with that resolution on accident? What do you do short of a re-format?

I ran into this problem this weekend and I hope to solve it today using dual display support. But if you did not have access to this option, then you would be screwed. Did the makers of these video cards not think, wait...what if they change to a resolution that's not supported? How are they going to change it back when they cannot see the screen? Surely, they foresaw this problem. Or did they? I have sent e-mails to all the major manufacturers of video processing hardware asking them this very question.

If you have run into a problem like this, post it here so we can know what it is and if there are any simple or ridiculous solutions for a ridiculous problem.


I seem to have fixed the resolution problem through my own frustrating efforts. If you have a video card that can use multiple displays and you have a TV with both HDMI and VGA inputs, then you can fix a resolution that is stuck at 1080 when you need it at 1360x768 (720p). In my case, a game without a pre-launch configuration feature changed the HDMI port settings on my video card to display at 1080. The TV I use is only 720 and it just stuck there with the Not Supported icon floating around. No matter what I did, it would not switch back to 720. I even called ASUS and they told me there was nothing I could do short of a re-format or spending money to send the card to them. What a joke. I will never buy from ASUS again.

Anyway, I used a VGA cable to plug into the VGA port on my TV and then switched to that channel and it successfully displayed at 720. Thank god. I then went into nVidia control panel and set up a multiple display option. Please note that you should plug the HDMI cable in as well so it can recognize a "second" display. This will allow you to change the resolution while viewing from the VGA input. I then set the HDMI display as the default and quickly hit apply then switched over to that input. Then you have to tell it to NOT revert back to the original display settings and then you can change to whatever resolution best suits you. Unplug the VGA cable and go into the control panel and set the settings back to single display mode and you will be good to go. I can't believe there is no fail safe for something like this...

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