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.
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.