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Windows Vista screen resolution got extremely low. Help

by zitro1987 / July 30, 2009 12:15 AM PDT

Hi, I'm new here and I hope you can help me.

This morning, my computer (HP laptop with Windows Vista) started up with an unusual problem: the screen resolution is basically extremely low, something like 200X125. It is so low that it's completely useless and when I manage to get the window where I can change the resolution (display settings), I see the top half of the window and cannot reach the bottom where you can change your resolution.

Running on safemode allows a standard resolution, but when I change it to the 1024X720 (or whatever it is) and hit apply, it doesn't change. Obviously, safemode doesn't have sound nor even internet access. Rebooting after safemode using normal mode made it return to the horrible resolution.

Despite not doing anything strange nor receiving files, nor going to new websites, I am running a through anti-virus scan all over my computer.

What can I do?

PS: when using the normal mode (low resolution issue), i got one of those windows for updating windows vista.

should I have to edit win.ini?

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I see a make. No model number.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2009 7:41 AM PDT

Many of the dv6000 and other models start doing that just prior to death. Hope you don't have anything important on the machine.

Google dv6000 recall for more detail.

Please make complete posts.

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DV6000 res, etc.
by Phil Crase / July 31, 2009 12:10 AM PDT

Had a DV6000 in yesterday, res issues plus erratic keyboard function, very strange. After a bit of research discovered that there have been some issues with that and a couple of other HP DV series L/T'S. My suggestion was to contact and likely return to HP.

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Hi Phil.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2009 3:18 AM PDT
In reply to: DV6000 res, etc.

I have some good news about that issue. The people I know with that failure all got the machine back in less than 10 days. Now it can be longer in New England when the winter storms are active. Why I noted that was a member was livid, incensed and making a big deal over delays in the repair during a time where there were hurricanes in the mid west and snow storms here. And it was one or two days late! Give me a break.

Ok, what was the good news? HP looks to replace the motherboard and re-image the drive and tell you to make new restore media. Some machines appear to get new plastic bits too. And that's not the good news either (Bob, get to it!) Ok, the units I know about in the circles I run are working still.

Price? Zero.

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