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I have an old dell laptop running windows 2000 that has faulty display. The display only uses about a 3" by 5" amount of the middle of the screen. The bios covers all of the lcd, so I figure it is a driver problem. Any ideas?

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Yeah, a couple actually since i've fixed this before.

1. Go into your BIOS > Video Properties and look for an Expand or Stretch option. If you done some tinkering in the BIOS this is usually the place.

2. You may need the driver's from 2000 from Dell since i've only dealt with this in XP. XP comes with the drivers already.

Thats one thing I never liked about the Dells is they do it all in 800x600 and then it gets stretched via the drivers or something.
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I would try and update the video drivers. The same thing happened to me and updating them cleared that up.
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I updated the drivers and now it runs full size at 1600x1200 resolution which makes the text to small, if I lower the resolution, the screen just shrinks and is bordered by black unused pixels. I want it to be about 1024x768 resolution without having the screen cropped, any ideas?
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Like I said it's a setting in the BIOS stretch or fit to screen is what it was called I think.
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That option isn't in the bios.
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on my dell laptop, you go into the bios and down to Video, then LCD panel expansion. Set it to enabled, and it will be full screen at lower resolutions.
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I have this problem with my dell inspiron 1100 and Ubuntu. The problem is that the graphics card only gets a small amount of ram set by the BIOS at boot. Windows(XP) overides this, but Ubuntu doesn't and I get a 800x600 screen. The solution I found was too update to the latest BIOS which corrected the amount of ram given to the graphics card.
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post #9 of 9
My old HP laptop did this. It seems that if it runs at anything other then its native resolution, it renders the screen at 1600x1200, but it only displays 1024x768 pixles worth of image, if you know what I mean. It was somthing to do with the old displays not being able to emulate non-native resalutions. I think your probubly stuck, man. If you want to make the text bigger, you can always increase the font size from within Windows.
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