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Windows 7: New HP Pavilion p6230y with Windows 7. Desktop stretch

19 Nov 2009   #1

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New HP Pavilion p6230y with Windows 7. Desktop stretch

I posted this on a Win 7 forum and figured I would give it a go here as well.

I bought and HP Pavilion p6230y desktop PC a few days ago, loaded with Windows 7. I have a widescreen monitor with a max resolution of 1920 x 1080. When I started the machine and went through the setup process, the max resolution was selected and all appeared normal until I took a look at the desktop. The toolbar at the bottom exceeds the width of the screen on the right and left side, so the Start button and first icons on the toolbar cannot be seen on the left and, on the right, the button next to the clock can't be seen. The desktop image is stretched as well.

I have found that on a session by session basis, I can view the desktop as I intend if I do the following:
  1. Open display properties.
  2. Set my resolution to 1440 x 900.
  3. Select the link to adjust ClearType fonts.
  4. When going through this process Win 7 states that I am not using the native resolution of 1920 x 1080. I allow Win 7 to change the resolution and apply the change.
  5. I finish the ClearType selection process.
What I have found is that once the above is done, the desktop looks as I intend, with all icons visible, toolbar not exceeding the width of the page, etc. Unfortunately with shutdown and restart, the problem returns.

I have seen some references here and on other pages to the Wallpaper Picture Position Enabler, Driver. The problems seem similar to mine but I have not seen anyone mention that their desktop icons can't be seen and that the toolbar is too wide. Does anyone here know if this fix will take care of my issue? If not, where might I look to try to rectify this problem?

I have used my monitor controls to try to auto adjust the display, but the problem is not fixed, but since I can get Win 7 to display the desktop properly at native resolution following the steps above, I'm thinking the monitor may be ok, which is new also. One concern I do have is that it is a somewhat generic monitor sold through Office Depot with a brand name of Ativa (AT220H). It has a great clarity when native resolution is working correctly, but Windows 7 has not driver for it. Generic PnP is used. I checked with Ativa support and they stated they do not have Win 7 drivers for the monitor.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.

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