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Latitude c630 display problem

I am working on a friends Dell laptop, and he said that "everything is too small." Easy fix right? I tried to bring down the screen resolution, but instead of the screen elements becoming larger, the display area became smaller. So I have the desktop centered in the middle of the screen with a black border around it. I tried updating the driver, but the file I downloaded from dell fails at the install point (extracts, goes through the EULA, etc.) and when I try installing manually via the device manager, but that also fails. I am open for suggestions. System specs below.

Dell Latitude C600
Windows XP, SP2
256 MB RAM
ATI Mobility 128 AGP 2X (Dell)

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You've been to dell to install the driver for that laptop's video as well as it's display? If so, supply link and version numbers so I can check the work.

If all that is done then there were older models that did just what you noted and "it is supposed to work that way."

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I have not been back here lately because of network problems, and then forgot about this.

I did, however, track down the solution to this issue. The keystroke combonation of Function + F8 will stretch it back out.

The problem is if the PC was not shut down properly (info I was not originally provided with), the video driver glitches into "CRT mode" where it sends the signal in whatever resolution is being displayed (800x600 in this case) and lets the external monitor stretch it. However, if there is no external monitor hooked up, it will route back to the LCD and will display shrunken in the center of the display.


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