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    Laptop screens appearing 4:3

    I expect this is normal behavior, but I have some laptops which are now Windows 7. When a projector is plugged in the screens are being compressed to a 4:3 screen with black borders at the side, rather than staying 16:9 and stretched.

    I know unplugging the projectors returns the laptops to a true 16:9 size, but is there any way of making the laptops appear stretched as 16:9 when the projectors are plugged in, like they did with Windows XP on them?

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    if the display is cloaned then the resolution has to match,

    or do you just want a 1024x768 filling the laptop screen?

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    Why on earth would you want to do that? It just stretches everything, makes it low quality and hard to read.

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    We had this, if they're Intel Graphics try this; Right Click the Desktop>Choose Graphics Properties>Choose Basic Mode>Under Display Choose Built-in Display>Under Scailing Choose Stretch/Scale to Fill.

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    If it's not in the driver settings, some laptops have this setting in the BIOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommodoreS View Post
    I expect this is normal behavior, but I have some laptops which are now Windows 7. When a projector is plugged in the screens are being compressed to a 4:3 screen with black borders at the side, rather than staying 16:9 and stretched.

    I know unplugging the projectors returns the laptops to a true 16:9 size, but is there any way of making the laptops appear stretched as 16:9 when the projectors are plugged in, like they did with Windows XP on them?
    Reset the resolution whilst its plugged in. it defaults to a square as it docent know the native resolution or aspect of the projector. once you have done this once it should be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Why on earth would you want to do that? It just stretches everything, makes it low quality and hard to read.
    Please do not be offended by this, but I have now posted several things and questions on here and you have replied with very negative and unhelpful comments. I know this - I even explained in my post it would appear stretched by doing this, but its what the users want! All I was looking for was a possible way around this and not a mass debate on why I would want to be doing it.

    Truth is I don't - but sometimes its not about what you want, but about what other people want!

    And thanks to all those who have replied with possible solutions. I will try these and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommodoreS View Post
    Please do not be offended by this, but I have now posted several things and questions on here and you have replied with very negative and unhelpful comments. I know this - I even explained in my post it would appear stretched by doing this, but its what the users want! All I was looking for was a possible way around this and not a mass debate on why I would want to be doing it.

    Truth is I don't - but sometimes its not about what you want, but about what other people want!

    And thanks to all those who have replied with possible solutions. I will try these and see what happens.
    You should get with OH&S first, it's been proven having the incorrect resolution and stretching can cause strain to the eyes. If someone decides this was the case the school will be to blame.

    What other 'Several' of your post have i been negative with? The classic shell? I had a vaild point and others agreed with me.
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    We're running into this problem too. All of our laptops have 16:9 displays, but a lot of the older projectors don't support this aspect ratio; TVs are even worse in this regard (yes, I still have people using S-video and tubes ). My user base wants to use clone mode as well all the time. I'm trying to get them used to extended desktop mode so both screens can have resolutions independent of each other. It's not going over so well though; people don't seem to mind a display outside of its native resolution and looking like poo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Why on earth would you want to do that? It just stretches everything, makes it low quality and hard to read.
    Quite a few of the teachers at my school prefer the image to be stretched instead of being letterboxed with black borders on the left/right. I can't understand why - it looks dreadful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Quite a few of the teachers at my school prefer the image to be stretched instead of being letterboxed with black borders on the left/right. I can't understand why - it looks dreadful!
    We have Dell Desktops with widescreens and 4:3 IWB. They have no option to have the letterbox.

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    Do your Dell desktops have integrated graphics (Intel) or discrete (AMD/nVidia)?

    We always try to buy laptops and desktops with AMD and nVidia GPUs since their control panel apps enable you to choose different scaling modes for the image.


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    All ours are Intel.

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    I've seen the same problem with some Toshiba's and Intel Graphics. There are two problems - the driver sometimes sets the projector as the Primary device, when it should be the notebook itself which is the Primary and projector Secondary. As already mentioned, there is the option to stretch the image to fit.

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