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Laptop desktop doesn't fit screen


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madmonty

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Hi,

I recently fitted an old laptop (Sony Viao VGN-A417S, Windows XP) with a new motherboard.

After turning the laptop on and it booting I noticed the desktop was too big for the screen, meaning I had to scroll to the bottom of the screen to see the taskbar etc.

I had a fiddle with the resolution settings but changing them just made the resolution different, and didn't actually fix having to scroll around the desktop to find an icon or taskbar.

I went into Device Manager and updated the Display Adapter and Monitor with no success. I unstalled them and restarted the laptop but, no success. I manually found the drivers on the Sony website and reinstalled them, but still no success.

The screen size is 1920 x 1200, the desktop is set to this resolution, but the screen is... out of proportion I guess?

ATI Mobility Radeon x600 is the graphics card I presume? If that helps.

All help is greatly appreciated.

Edited by madmonty, 09 September 2011 - 11:14 AM.

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Hey madmonty, sorry about the wait!

You say you have updated the display drivers... but if it was the motherboard that was replaced, I would try updating the BIOS of the motherboard. Is this an OEM motherboard that you could get the BIOS from Sony?

Just a quick suggestion so you don't feel ignored while I do more research. :)
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Haha thats ok! Can complain when the service is free!

I personally didn't fit the motherboard so I don't know what make it is or anything.

How would I go about updating the BIOS?

Thanks.
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If you try lowering the resolution (to something standard like 1024 x 768) does everything at least fit into the screen properly then? (Yes, even if it doesn't looks all that great).
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If you try lowering the resolution (to something standard like 1024 x 768) does everything at least fit into the screen properly then? (Yes, even if it doesn't looks all that great).



Thats a negative. I've tried every resolution setting avaliable, none of them fit the desktop in the screen (they just change the resolution of what I can see, which is the top left of the screen).
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Definitely the wrong motherboard then, or installed incorrectly. I would take it back and make them fix it right.
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