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Windows 7: Black bars on side screens

20 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
Black bars on side screens

I am running Compaq Presario CQ61 using AMD M880G with ati Mobility Radeon HD 4200.

I am trying to run certain games on full screen and I get these two black bars on the side of the screens. One emulator I used was "Project 64" and I set some options to make it exactly full screen and it worked.

But as for most PC games like Sims won't really work. Is there something wrong with my graphics card?

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20 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

it's probably the games' settings.
Some games only run in full screen 4:3 mode.
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20 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) SP1 RTM

With a notebook it's quite often the manufacturers supplied drivers that have GPU scaling to full panel size enabled by default.

There may be a setting for GPU Scaling

CCC - Desktop & Displays - Right click the small image of your laptop at the bottom - Configure - Attributes - Scaling options - Full Screen.

If it was a desktop, you would activate GPU scaling by temporarily drop down to the resolution you are going to game at then-

CCC - Desktop & Displays - Right Click small monitor at bottom - Configure - Attributes -Tick Enable GPU scaling - Scale image to full panel.

This works well with DX9. Once set you can return to your monitors native resolution. With DX10 & 11, you have to start the game when the Desktop is at the lower 4:3 resolution.
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23 May 2010   #4

Windows 7

Ok, that worked, my games are in full screen the way I wanted. But why is it that it keeps exiting out of full screen in 2 seconds?
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26 May 2010   #5

Windows 7
it works now

Never mind. it works!! Thanks so much, you guys. I appreciate it. Now I won't get annoyed by those black bars on the side
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12 Jun 2010   #6

windows 7
Help ME goku2000u

I just got a Toshiba , Satellite L555D, With WIndows 7, Mobility Raedon ATI Graphic card 4200HD, 17.3" its a wide screen and i get same oroblems as you did black bars sides and Tp& Bottom i playe Navy Fields game was Developed in 2005 so it dosent bring Resolutions adjustment .
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