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Icons and print VERY small (even in safe mode)


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LadyJules

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Does anyone have any ideas why XP has done this?
The problem started out with a resolution issue. Had to go into properties with each use and change it to 32 bit. Then the lady "clicked something" and suddenly there is no way to read anything on the screen. The icons and print are so small, you couldn't even use a magnifying glass to read it.
When it was booted in safe mode, the same thing...so small you can't see what you're doing.
If you control alt delete to get the task manager, the box is about 1inchx1inch.
The plan of action is just to wipe it and reinstall XP, but I'm curious if anyone has come across this before.
I spent alot of time on the Microsoft site looking for an answer and all I got was a headache.
Thanks for any ideas!! :whistling:
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Can you go to start then click on my computer. When the window open up go to the very top left hand corner where there is a icon of a computer screen. Click on the icon then click restore. Hopefully your windows will be back to normal.

Also, can you right click on your desktop, then click properties. Go to the settings tab and click the advanced button near the bottom. In the display window is the setting at "normal size (96DPI). If not set it to that and see if your desktop is back to normal.

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Thanks for the reply but I guess I didn't mention that it is so small that it is impossible to read at all....
The display properties box is like 1inchx1inch. There is NO way to read anything.
Anyone else have any ideas??
Thanks!!
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If you have the software CD for the video adapter drivers, use it to re-install the drivers
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Even if we had the drivers...the screen is so messed up that it is totally and completely unreadable. There is no way to read anything on there...thats why we decided to wipe it and reinstall XP.
The new installation seems to have fixed it.
I'm still curious as to why this happened.
I've never seen anything like this before!
Thanks for all the help!!
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That would be hard to track down now, though I don't suppose you will be hurrying to adjust the setting in properties
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