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Windows 7: Games not playing on full screen


06 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Games not playing on full screen

Hi,

My previous operating system (Vista Home Premium) crashed and I lost everything. I also misplaced the installation disc so I just decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Everything works fine aside from the games don't accommodate the full desktop screen even though it is already set to full mode. I can see black screen on both left and right sides of the screen.

I already searched this forum for the solutions but still no luck. My laptop is Dell Inspiron 125 and my processor is Intel Core 2 Duo. I don't know if that helps...

Additional information: I boot into safe mode and all the games display fine.

Thanks in advance to those who can help.

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06 Jun 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by khernan31 View Post
Hi,

My previous operating system (Vista Home Premium) crashed and I lost everything. I also misplaced the installation disc so I just decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Everything works fine aside from the games don't accommodate the full desktop screen even though it is already set to full mode. I can see black screen on both left and right sides of the screen.

I already searched this forum for the solutions but still no luck. My laptop is Dell Inspiron 125 and my processor is Intel Core 2 Duo. I don't know if that helps...

Additional information: I boot into safe mode and all the games display fine.

Thanks in advance to those who can help.
We might be able to help if we knew what hardware you have. can you fill in your system specs?

ken
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06 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I'm sorry I don't know what to put there. I know how to go to the Device manager but I can see so many items there. I'm not too techy.
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06 Jun 2010   #4

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

In the interim, I would check to be sure that your drivers (especially gfx card and monitor) are updated to the Windows 7 OS; and that your native resolution and aspect ratio correspond to your gfx card/monitor.

Monk
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06 Jun 2010   #5

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

It sounds like a driver update might fix your problem. To update your drivers, simply go to your graphics card manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers for your card. If you don't know what card you have, you can download a program like Speccy. Once installed and run, it should tell you the specs of all the hardware inside your computer.

NVIDIA Drivers:
Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

ATI Drivers:
Graphics Drivers & Software



Also, make sure that you're setting the resolution of the game to the correct aspect ratio. (i.e. 16:9, 16:10, 4:3) This is done through the resolution settings. If you're not certain what your aspect ratio is, there's an easy way to make sure that you're using the correct one. Simply take your native resolution and divide the first number by the second. The result will be something like 1.6. This simply means that the first number width should be 1.6 times the height [16:10]. When choosing your resolution in game, either choose your native resolution or make sure that width divided by height gives your the same result as your native resolution.

For Example:

My native resolution is 1680x1050. This uses an aspect ratio of 16:10, or 1.6:1.

When choosing a resolution I need to choose one that results in 1.6 when I divide width by height. 1440 x 900 or 1280 x 800.
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06 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I already tried updating the drivers, it's saying that I have the latest ones. When it comes to the resolution, everything is okay. In Vista, I did not have this problem. And I just booted into safe mode, the games also display fine.

I downloaded Speccy and here are the results...

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
CPU
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5500 @ 1.66GHz 53 °C
Merom 65nm Technology
RAM
2.0GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz 5-5-5-15
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0U990C (Microprocessor)
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor @ 1280x800
Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives
78.15GB Hitachi Hitachi HTS541680J9SA00 ATA Device (IDE) 48 °C
Optical Drives
SONY CDRWDVD CRX880A ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device
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06 Jun 2010   #7

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

These are the latest drivers for your graphics card:

Ā IntelĀ® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Windows* 7(exe)

You should keep in mind that your graphics card isn't going to allow you to place some of the newer games at high resolutions. If you're attempting to play anything that's got high system requirements, you probably don't have the required hardware in order to play the game. Check the system requirements of the game before you start worrying too much.
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06 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

If I update the driver, nothing will get affected? I'm afraid because my OS might crash again. The games are just GTA San Andres and World of War Craft. Nothing new really..

Thanks by the way for your help.
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06 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Sorry to double post but I just want to say thank you so much. It solved my problem.!

+1 reputation for you.
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28 Sep 2010   #10

windows 7 home basic 64bit
 
 

my name is venkat.. i bought dell inspiron 1464.. same problem for me too.. games are not running in the full screen..


pls help to come our of thiis issue,,..


thanks
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