Display too Small

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by skawks, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. skawks

    skawks Guest

    After an automatic windows update, my computer restarted and everything on
    the monitor has shrunk down in size including the toolbar, sidebar, mouse,
    internet explorer and everthing else. I have a Dell 22" widescreen LCD with
    resolution set at 1680 by 1050 which I believe is the correct resolution. Any
    recommendations to return everything back to its normal size?
    Thanks
     
    skawks, Mar 2, 2008
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    Bob F. Guest


    Right click anywhere on the desktop . Personalize > Display settings >
    adjust 'til your heart's content.
     
    Bob F., Mar 2, 2008
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  3. skawks

    shrinkydink Guest

    The same thing happened to me today. I was able to bring everything back to
    size manually with the exception of the sidebar and its icons. According to
    Microsoft, you cannot adjust the size of the sidebar or its icons, it is
    preset. My PC is under Dell warranty but they had no clue with online
    support so they are now contacting Mr. Gates finest. Something tells me this
    happened to thousands of us and we are just finding out now about the snafu.
    Now my calendar is too small to read-even on a 22" Samsung! Yikes~! I hope
    Microsoft is quick to restore this consumers confidence.
     
    shrinkydink, Mar 2, 2008
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    69SUPERBEE Guest

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM ALSO EVERYTHING IS SMALL AND HARD TO READ I HAVE A
    NEW DELL ALSO WITH A 19IN LCD,WAS TROUBLE SHOOTING WITH AOL ALL MORNING AND
    THEY CAME UP WITH NOTHING ALSO,THEY SAID TO CONTACT A WINDOWS TECH,I HOPE
    THEY GET THIS STRAIGHTEND OUT FAST,VERY HARD ON THE EYES
     
    69SUPERBEE, Mar 2, 2008
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  5. skawks

    Bob F. Guest


    Looks like there was an update for a driver and MS didn't preserve your
    settings for it and set it to it's shipping default value.
    Right click anywhere on the desktop . Personalize > Display settings >
    and re-adjust.
     
    Bob F., Mar 2, 2008
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  6. skawks

    skawks Guest

    I am aware that the resolution can be adjusted as described but none of the
    settings look as good as my previous display. I went ahead and ran a system
    restore which has set the display back normal
     
    skawks, Mar 2, 2008
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    69SUPERBEE Guest

    SORRY BOB TRIED THAT AND DIDNT WORK,EVERYTHING GETS BIGGER BUT ALSO BLURRY
     
    69SUPERBEE, Mar 2, 2008
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    Kaz Guest

    the exact same thing happened to me this afternoon london time. the web
    browser pages dont fit the whole screen, the side bar is too small to read,
    etc the other things have shrunk in size..... i also have a dell 20"
    widescreen lcd with resolution 1680 by 1050... looks like more than one
    person has been affected by this... i have been fretting over it all day... i
    tried personalizing the display settings... nothing works......... help
    please??????
     
    Kaz, Mar 2, 2008
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  9. skawks

    Pat Guest

    Same thing here. Also happened today. Mine is a 6 month old Dell 20" flat
    screen. Must have been a really bad update.
     
    Pat, Mar 3, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    I'd check Dell's site for an updated video driver.
    Did you happen to get a Windows Update for your video driver, or perhaps an
    update that reset your display resolution?
     
    Dave, Mar 3, 2008
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    Pat Guest

    Not sure what the update was, it was an automatic update that came through
    while the computer was in sleep mode.
     
    Pat, Mar 3, 2008
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  12. skawks

    Pat Guest

    I am not a high tech user so kinda lost here, but would it do any good to
    "restore" everthing? The last save was the day before this issue happened?
     
    Pat, Mar 3, 2008
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  13. Mine did the same thing did you ever get a resolution to the problem Its
    been since yesterday and like you mine was in sleep mode when it happened
    after that it hasnt been the same.i tried to reset to defaults this still
    does not work also after rebooting a few too many times i lost some things so
    be careful Good luck im still tinkering with it....Vista duo core Acer 320GB
    is what im operating and home edition 07
     
    Teeny Tiny Screen, Mar 3, 2008
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    Mary M Guest

    Yep, the same thing happened to us yesterday, too. I have seen someone say
    that even though they managed to get it back to normal by doing a system
    restore (which I wouldn't know how to do anyway!) but that next time their
    computer booted the update was installed again so everything went teeny again.

    Does anyone know if Microsoft are dealing with this? At the moment I have
    increased font sizes for the internet but it all looks terrible!
     
    Mary M, Mar 3, 2008
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    Kaz Guest

    restoring does nothing, the problems still occur..... i hope that microsoft r
    doing something about this, as it looks like more than a couple of people r
    having this problem... microsoft fix thisssssss
     
    Kaz, Mar 3, 2008
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    Spirit Guest

    Boot into Safe Mode - Devive Manager - Delete the Display Adapter

    Reboot - tell it to look for and install new driver EVEN if its the same
    one.

    Then reset your display settings.
     
    Spirit, Mar 4, 2008
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    Pat Guest

    Any word on a permanent fix for this yet?? Where is the best place to
    contact about the problem?
     
    Pat, Mar 6, 2008
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    Mary M Guest

    I would've thought Microsoft were the people to contact - the problem is they
    seem to charge you for the support unless you're a new customer :-s.

    It's been a week no and still no sign of a fix...
     
    Mary M, Mar 9, 2008
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    John W Guest

     
    John W, Mar 9, 2008
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    shrinkydink Guest

    Ok here goes a TEMPORARY fix. My Dell support staff are contacting Microsoft
    to fix this issue on my behalf-I hope~! My desktop shrunk after a Windows
    Vista auto update on 3-02-08. I put up with this for over a week and several
    online chat sessions with Dell customer support (I have a Spanking new Dell
    desktop W/ Samsung 22" Mon.)
    This is what worked for me-WARNING-kindly attempt this at your own risk.
    Shut your computer down completely.
    Hit the power button (to power up) and start tapping F8.
    When the restore desktop option appears choose it.
    Follow the next few prompts with administrative passwords etc.
    Choose a system restore point or date before the update infected your system.
    Warning, it is possible you could lose info subsiquent to update.
    I have done this several times and have lost no information.
    When you select the restore date (pre vista SHRINK Update) follow
    instructions.
    It takes some time depending on the speed and info on your system.
    If all goes well the system will restart and BAM your good old BIG screen
    will restore
    Now the important part: Go into your Windows Update screen and select
    settings.
    (you can get here by typing it into the Help task bar)
    You will see options for Windows Update settings.
    Turning your update off wont work-it will disable anti virus software-I
    tried it . . .
    What you can do is change the day and time of the next scheduled update.
    Choose the furthest point in the week from your current date.
    Now dont forget to write it down because you will need to adjust this date
    every week (pre update) until Microsoft comes up with a fix. I know its a
    pain but two minutes every week to change a date for the update or tiny
    unreadable icons-you choose. I will post the real fix when Dell (if Dell)
    gets back to me. Good luck~!
    P.S. You think if Microsoft knows about this (they do) they would stop
    sending this currupted update to all of us???!!!!AAAAAHHHHhhhhh . . .
     
    shrinkydink, Mar 13, 2008
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