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Laptop Screen Display
    #3078071 - 09/01/04 03:15 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Hey, I've got a dell latitude. it works fine. except when I play games (age of empires, diablo2) the screen display is a much smaller box. maybe like 6X6.
Anyone know whats up?


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: funkymonk]
    #3080855 - 09/02/04 02:55 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

This is due to the native resolution of the display (prob. 800x600) vs the output of the game (prob. 600x480). Try setting the game to display at the native resolution for your screen, or try Fn+F7 (? labeled Font) to stretch it (looks like crap)


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: PNutButta]
    #3090343 - 09/04/04 05:43 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Can you adjust the horizontal/ vertical size and phase like on a CRT or can't that happen on an LCD?


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3102927 - 09/07/04 01:18 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Because the pixels of an LCD are physical things unlike the pixels of a CRT, you cannot actually adjust the display size. You must depend on the hardware LCD controler to pretend to adjust it. Basically, each virtual pixel will just be spread over multiple physical pixels with out regard for the actual content of those pixels, which is why it looks like crap. Really the only thing to do is deal with the smaller display area or have the game adjust its video output to be the native resolution.

Interestingly, many of the older Dell laptops graphic chips are capable of of higher resolutions then the LCDs and if you were to display at say 1024x768, you get a nice scrolling effect when the mouse travels to the right edge or bottom of the display. Really useless, as each pixel is still the same physical size, and you just scroll around on the screen.


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: PNutButta]
    #3102994 - 09/07/04 01:38 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

> Because the pixels of an LCD are physical things unlike the pixels of a CRT

The pixels on a CRT are physical things as well. There is a shadow mask or apature grill (located about an inch behind the glass screen) which defines the minimum size of the picture elements (RGB) that make up a pixel.


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: Seuss]
    #3103111 - 09/07/04 02:17 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

The pixels on a CRT are physical things as well. There is a shadow mask or apature grill (located about an inch behind the glass screen) which defines the minimum size of the picture elements (RGB) that make up a pixel.




I knew someone would call me on that. :smile:
Yeah, CRT pixels have physical definitions, but I couldn't think of an effective way to describe the difference. I'm no computer display expert, and am just trying to get the point across that LCD pixels are a different beast then CRT pixels.

Does this help to clarify:

LCD pixels are the intersecting points on a grid that allow the controller to activate the Liquid Crystals to block certain frequencies of light, creating the image. Since this is a set grid, each pixel is individually addressable and is a definite point on the physical screen. CRTs are controlled by an electron gun and can easily spread "virtual pixels" over several physical pixels (where virtual pixels are the pixels in the displayed image and physical pixels are defined by the aperture grid and shadow mask) for smoother blending.

See  here  for a cleaner version of what I just typed. And  here for more on computer displays in general.


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: PNutButta]
    #3103173 - 09/07/04 02:29 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

> Does this help to clarify

Much better!  :wink:


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: Seuss]
    #3104012 - 09/07/04 05:45 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

the thing is, I used to play counter strike on the laptop and it was full screen.
then one day it went smaller, and then a couple times after it would switch back and forth.

so im thinking it's a setting somewhere that i'm not familiar with


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: funkymonk]
    #3109577 - 09/08/04 08:11 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I think there is a "screen size" option somewhere within counterstrike. You could give that a try if you haven't.


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: aje]
    #3109835 - 09/08/04 09:06 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

its not even installed anymore.
I don't even care about this anymore either.
I obviously don't need to be playing computer games.


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Re: Laptop Screen Display [Re: funkymonk]
    #3110497 - 09/08/04 11:23 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

lol

excellent capitulation


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