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"Blown" up resolution

by rcfrgf / March 30, 2009 4:27 AM PDT

Dell Dimention 4400 speed 1.6 gig , 20 gig HDD XPPro.
Seemed that on this machine resolution in videos was so big was blurry. So?
I went to start, control panel, display, settings, advanced, Dots Per Inch setting,drop down,Click custom, moved ruler to 500%,clicked OK,then "Apply the new settings without restarting". OK.
Screen went so big I couldn't even find SETTINGS to reverse the DPI to reasonableness.

Is there any way out?

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(NT) XP's System Restore is there for such events.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 30, 2009 6:54 AM PDT
In reply to: "Blown" up resolution
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system restore
by rcfrgf / March 30, 2009 7:52 AM PDT

Dear Mr. Proffitt
The icons were so big I had to get to system restore through safe mode. I thank you so much for the information.

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How about this reg file
by ChuckT / March 30, 2009 7:43 AM PDT
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I just made up a .reg file for the default 96 DPI setting, from my WinXP PC. Here is the result, it does nothing other than to force the DPI back to 96 DPI.

Make a text file with these contents (between the --- dashes)
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"AppliedDPI"=dword:00000060
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Then save it as Set96DPI.reg.
When you then double click on that Set96DPI.reg it will ask you if you are sure you want to add the information to your registry. Click [Yes].

Once you restart your computer, it will come up with the default (96) DPI setting.

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That .reg file doesn't seem to work
by ChuckT / March 30, 2009 8:14 AM PDT

I just tried that reg file.

I know that the setting and the file is correct when reading the DPI value, but it is not forcing the value when rebooting. Give me a few more minutes to try to figure this out. Sorry.

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ah, screw it
by ChuckT / March 30, 2009 8:46 AM PDT

This is taking longer to figure out than I wanted to spend.

For some reason the settings are reverting back to what they were prior to applying the reg file, so I am missing something yet. I did find one other place in the registry where a DPI setting exists, and the same thing happens there too. Hummmmmmm

Oh well, forget it. Seems that you've already resolved your problem using the safest method of System Restore. Good call, Bob.

Perhaps I'll play with this later, no promises, though.

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