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Acer netbook screen problem - buttons sometimes not visible

by adrienne50 / February 5, 2010 10:47 AM PST

I was very interested in a post about panning on a netbook desktop. I love my little Acer Aspire One refurb. The old tag on the computer says ZG5, but the papers say ADA150-1987 Atom 1.6, so I assume they replaced the mother board. It came with XP Home already installed, and I've managed to figure out how to install most of the programs I'd want on the road - mostly because I have older versions that don't require high screen resolutions.

I thought I'd licked everything, but buttons in popup windows (especially for program installation) sometimes fall below the bottom of the screen. I can blindly hit the tab button and return until it gets the right one, but if there's a check box or something I need to read, it's all over. I can't get to it. This seems like a problem that will reoccur in time.

My Acer has only resolution of either 1024x600 or 800x600, and I didn't understand how to change that from the Sept 2009 post on Cnet (R. Profitt). I called Acer, but the guy said it couldn't be done. I've heard that song before. Perhaps there's someone here (even with an Acer) who knows more.

Many thanks!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2010 11:06 AM PST

Let me boot up my Acer AOA 1690-1447.

1. Right click on the desktop, Properties.
2. Click Settings, then Advanced.
3. Click Monitor and uncheck the Hide modes that this monitor cannot display.
4. Click OK.
5. Advanced closes and now you can change the Screen resolution up to 1920 by 1080 pixels.

Easy as pi.

This works for about 99% of other machines I use. Seems a shame tech support out this is not so good.


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This is great!
by adrienne50 / February 5, 2010 11:13 PM PST
In reply to: STEP BY STEP.

Did I say lately, that you are the best?

My husband is pretty computer nerdy, and recently he said he was impressed that I've been able to work so many things out on my own. LOL It's not me, but Cnet. We are no longer chained in the basement of computer illiteracy. I think, if I were being charitable, that the only way that computer sellers can afford to keep prices down and offer customer support is to hire anyone off the street and hand them a response sheet. If it's not on there (well, you're right, it should be), they can't tell you. That's why I don't feel at all guilty about looking for the best deal, using workarounds to get the best performance.

I imagine that this fix also gets rid of the problem of installing newer programs that require a certain resolution. I looked at the option you mentioned, but I wasn't sure what it would do, and it gave such a foreboding warning about possibly damaging the computer, that I didn't click it. Silly me. Is there any reason that you could mess up your computer with these settings?

Now my little book can finally do just about everything!

Thanks very much Bob.

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You're welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2010 12:32 AM PST
In reply to: This is great!

Sorry that I didn't have the exact steps handy last time. My netbook was not available at the time I wrote this.

Now that I have this I'll post it in the Netbook forum under a tips post.

Thanks for applying yourself to stay out of the basement.

PS. Kind words are always appreciated.

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Thank YOU!
by offerPop6299451 / August 10, 2013 4:46 AM PDT
In reply to: STEP BY STEP.

I was going nuts trying to install software drivers!

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