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Dell monitor loses settings when powered off


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Not sure if this is really a monitor issue or a Windows one so I may be in the wrong forum! I have just acquired a "new" (i.e. used) PC at work from a colleague who has left. It is a Dell Optiplex 745 with a 17 inch LCD monitor (model 1703FP) and running Windows XP Professional. I prefer using a resolution of 1152x864 as opposed to 1024x768 and when I change to this in Properties/Settings everything is fine and the screen displays the way I want. However when the PC is shut down and started up again, the display has a black border of approx 25mm all round. The usable part of the screen has been compressed into this smaller area - a bit like when your wallpaper photo is set to centre as opposed to stretch! If I right click and choose Graphic Options > Panel fit > Full Screen No Borders everything is hunky dory again until the next time I power on and I have to go through that routine again. I am also losing the XP style 'skin' which I selected in Properties - when the PC is powered off/on it reverts back to Windows Classic.

I thought perhaps the graphics card in the PC maybe wasn't a good enough spec but the fact that it does show the correct resolution while the PC is on would perhaps suggest that is not the problem. The graphics adapter in Properties is set to "Plug and Play monitor on Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset Family" if that has any bearing on things.

It's not the end of the world if there isn't a fix as I can revert to using 1024x768 but these sort of problems bug me if I can't explain them! ;)


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It sounds like the problem is with windows rather than the monitor - is the panel fit option in there rather than the screen's OSD?

What happen if you set it to the monitor's native resolution of 1280×1024?

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