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Wallpaper screw up

by thefarside / November 18, 2003 12:32 AM PST

I have a wallpaper that is always off centre, to the bottom right. Even when i try and stretch it out. It happens with all wallpapers, so i know its not a problem with the wallpaper itself.

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Re:Wallpaper screw up
by David Chan / November 18, 2003 12:59 AM PST
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If part of your monitor is black you can try using the buttons on the front of the monitor to adjust the positions till it's centered. There might be an auto-center setting so check for it.

Or your monitor resolution setting may not be suitable for the wallpaer. Try and change it and see.

If it's a custom image the size may not suit the Desktop?
PowerToys has an Image Resizer that allows you to quickly resize any image to fit certain resolution setting like 1024 x 768 or 800 x 600.

If none of the above try updating your Video Card drivers with the latest driver form the manufacturer's website.

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Re:Wallpaper screw up
by thefarside / November 18, 2003 1:05 AM PST
In reply to: Wallpaper screw up

I guess i should metion, i'm running on a laptop, so configuring the monitor isnt really possible, and its only the wallpaper thats off center, not the whole desktop. I dont think its the drivers eitehr because i just upgraded them.
thanks

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Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by David Chan / November 18, 2003 2:04 AM PST
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Then try running System File Checker and see if it fixes the problem.

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Re:Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by thefarside / November 18, 2003 12:33 PM PST

Were is the file system checker? Running XP

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by David Chan / November 18, 2003 12:46 PM PST
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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by thefarside / November 19, 2003 2:50 AM PST

Were's the help and support center...or for that matter the SFC.
I tried to just search for the SFC, didnt find any programs that worked

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Click that link given...
by David Chan / November 19, 2003 3:10 AM PST

and see the steps to run System File Checker (SFC).

The Help and Support is access from the Start Menu.
Lots of info on using XP. Its the best resource you can have and it right there in your PC.

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Problem with the SFC
by thefarside / November 19, 2003 9:42 AM PST

I finally got that program working except now once the program is finished, instead of displaying a menu, it just shuts down. So now i'm confussed again, so what do i do know?

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Re:Wallpaper screw up
by David Chan / November 19, 2003 10:05 AM PST
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Once SFC finishes the scan it shuts off.
That is normal as during the scan it replaces any system files if need be at the same time.

I gather your wallpaper is not fixed.

Did you check at the Laptop manufacturer's website to see if you can find any update for your video?

Is the resolution set properly to the prescribed setting?

You've kept the info on make/model of the laptop to yourself.

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Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by thefarside / November 19, 2003 12:40 PM PST
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Tryed everything possible that i know off, changes in resolution, ect, dont seem to work, but i did notice that when i change to a differnt res, the wallpaper changes back to were it should be (centered) for a sec then goes back to off center, so i'm out of ideas. I've tryed to contact the manufacture and that didnt help at all, they sent me some crap for people who dont know how to change the wallpaper, not how to fix a glitch in windows.
Any more ideas?

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Re:Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by David Chan / November 19, 2003 1:04 PM PST

You did not sat if you've tried updating video driver or D/L DirectX 9.0b.

If you have done all that and it's still like that your other options are to use the recovery disks and restore to factory installed state.

Or return the Laptop to the service center and get them to fix it.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Wallpaper screw up
by thefarside / November 20, 2003 2:47 AM PST

Well i finally fixed the problem, but it involved resetting the computer back a month. I dont know what it did, but i guess it got ride of the corrupt file, so alls good. I had tried it earlier, but only went back about a week, so i guess it needed more time

thanks for your help

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(NT) So System Restore finally worked. Wonder why SFC didn't! Glad you've resolved this.
by David Chan / November 20, 2003 2:49 AM PST

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Re:(NT) So System Restore finally worked. Wonder why SFC didn't! Glad you've resolved this.

Yeah, thanks again for the help

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Finally Fixed it. Here is the solution.
by ndunross / December 12, 2008 11:51 AM PST
In reply to: Wallpaper screw up

I have had this problem for the past two months. Was driving me crazy. I have been scouring the internet looking for a solution. But I finally fixed it myself.
Like I suspected, the problem was that XP was thinking start point of the screen for wallpaper placement was not at the edge of the screen, so wallpaper was moved to the left.
To fix it, simply start registry editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Look for WallpaperOriginX and WallpaperOriginY. One of the values is definitely not set to 0. For me it was the WallpaperOriginX which was set to 250. SO wallpaper was shifted by 250 pixels. I set it to 0 and loaded the desktop again. Voila! problem fixed. Wallpaper was centered correctly.

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