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Windows 7: Can't get resolution higher than 1366x768.

03 Feb 2016   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
Can't get resolution higher than 1366x768.

I am in need of assistance with updating my driver to have a resolution of at least 1280 x 1020 to work with some of the programs that I use for work. Please Help.

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04 Feb 2016   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64


According to the specs from Toshiba, 1366x768 is the native resolution for that laptop Toshiba (L455-S5975) display. I don't know if you can make it higher.
Have you looked on the Toshiba site for updated drivers?
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07 Apr 2016   #3
Poisson Davril

Windows 7 Professional 64

Is there an known setting to permit Win7 Pro 32 to retain the option of selecting a larger-than-native display setting for a program requiring 1024 vertical lines when desired and then allowing me to re-set back to the 800 line native for my other applications?
Yes, that's a similar question, but from a new poster.

Dell D620 (32 bit, Core Duo), 1280x800 (WXGA) native screen, Intel 945, newly installed Win7 pro 32.
The program I desire to use requires 32 bit and 1280x1024 (SXGA) display to run. I can set up an external monitor and select resolutions up to well above the program's minimum requirement of 1280x1024, but the program is a automotive diagnostic tool and bringing a monitor along on the ride is not feasible.
In XP pro on the same machine, same program, I can select higher resolutions than the laptop's native and then scroll vertically up and down to 'pan' off-the-screen to show display lines from 801 to 1024 and back.

This is not a Dell, nor an Intel, driver issue as the same Intel driver is used in both XP and Win7 32 bit.
XP pro works with the larger-than-native display settings. Win 7 does not (meaning I haven't yet found a way to) retain the selection option of larger-than-native resolutions when the external monitor is disconnected.

At worst I'll pop the XP hard drive back in, but I'd prefer to (finally) move to 7 on this laptop as well.
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07 Apr 2016   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Well, you could right click Desktop > Screen Resolution > Advanced Settings > List All Modes to list a bunch of obscure display modes. The problem there is that if 1366x768 is the absolute maximum resolution of the display on the laptop, it probably won't work.
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07 Apr 2016   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Technically, there are dodgy tricks to artificially boost your resolution to one higher than what your display is designed for called downsampling, but that would make everything tinier than what they are designed to appear as and possibly damage your hardware. And it seems that those tweaks work only on desktop PC's, not laptops. If your laptop has some kind of VGA/DVI/HDMI output, then you can plug in a monitor larger than your laptop monitor, but the laptop will no longer be portable unless you want to unplug it from the monitor every time you want to transport it (obviously).
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07 Apr 2016   #6
Poisson Davril

Windows 7 Professional 64

And.... It turn out that the drivers are not the same for XP-32 and 7-32 as I had written in post #3.
XP chipset driver is The latest version isn't compatible.
7 chipset driver is, and that comes up as the latest.
I'm presently running with XP and the 1280 x 800 laptop native display at 1920 x 1080 (Start -> control panel -> display -> screen resolution). I can slide the resolution pointer left to right between nine different resolutions from 800 x 600 to the 1920 x 1080.
When I have the Win7 HDD installed I don't have those choices above the 1280 x 800 resolution unless an external monitor is plugged in to the dock VGA port as an intermediary, or is plugged directly to the laptop VGA port.

This ability to have resolution higher than native and to scroll /pan to the imagery that isn't shown was present back to at least 98SE. If it has been dropped from 7, that's all I need to know.

I may just try un-installing the 7 driver from that HDD and installing the newest compatible XP (maybe try Vista?) driver to see if I can get the virtual resolution I need for this one program I want to use.
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