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Playing Non-Widscreen Games on a Widescreen Comp

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Greetings all.

I have two computers, a Dell XPSM140 Laptop with Windows XP Media Center, and a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop with Windows Vista 32-bit.

On my laptop, my video card allows me to select an option that maintains the aspect ratio of non-widescreen programs. In other words, I can play old games that were played on square-screened computers, and rather than being stretched and distorted to fit the widescreen laptop, it puts a black border on the left and right side of the screen, maintaining the square shape.

However, my desktop isn't as option friendly. I've gone to the video card settings, and it has an option to maintain the aspect ratio, and I have it selected, but when I play an older game (specifically Silent Hill 2), it stretches and distorts the game to fit the widescreen monitor. I've tried all the tricks to display the game in a window, such as adding the -w in the target address, hitting Alt + Enter during the game...etc, but nothing has worked.

This particular game does not have a "Start Windowed" feature either, so that's out of the question.

I know this must revolve around my video card, so here is what is in my computer according to systemspec:

ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO | ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO | RDPDD Chained DD | RDP Encoder Mirror Driver

Any input is appreciated.

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