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Scotts Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2010
5:48 AM

Post #7440785

Hello. ^_^ Does anyone know how to reset the aspect ratio on my computer? Itís an HP laptop PC with Windows Vista. Itís happened before, but I can never remember how to fix it, and DH is at CES, so no help there.

If youíre wondering what I mean by aspect ratio, everything on my screen is now stretched out to the sides, and squished down from the top, distorting everything on my screen.

I used the computer this afternoon, during which I did download a Windows Defender update, then put the computer to sleep while I ran errands. Then when I opened it up tonight to use, the screen reset all of a sudden to the distorted view Ė itís most annoying.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. ^_^


Washington, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2010
9:59 AM

Post #7440932

Right-click a blank area of the Desktop, and select Properties, then the Settings tab.

(Not positive on Vista, but that worked on all other Windows)

Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
4:10 PM

Post #7441808

Interesting problem. Are you sure you can change the 'aspect ratio' instead
of 'screen resolution'. Look at 'personalize/screen resolution' and see if the
setting is unusual.
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
4:56 PM

Post #7442008

Tried to set up a link that didn't work.

Google 'how to change aspect ratio in vista' and take a look at the
first two sites. Apparently, you can change the aspect ratio from
4:3 to 16:9 or back. May be the info you need.

This message was edited Jan 8, 2010 11:08 AM
Scotts Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2010
5:12 PM

Post #7442074

Wow . . . Eggs_Zachtly, it immediately reset itself as soon as I right-clicked. I didnít have to do anything else. Iím so thrilled, I canít even tell you. Thank you so much.

Oldgardenrose, thank you too for responding. Iím making a copy of this thread to save for future reference in case this happens again.

You people are the beesí knees. ^_^


ETA: We cross-posted, Oldgardenrose, but thank you again for your effort to help me. Itís most appreciated. ^_^

Have a great day!

This message was edited Jan 8, 2010 9:19 AM
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
6:59 PM

Post #7442500

I have not seen a laptop since retiring last year. My pc is a Dell standard with an add-on ATI
graphics card capable of 1080p HD connected to a HD tv used jointly as a monitor and have
never found a way to change the aspect ratio except by resolution. Learn something every

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