and welcome screen is stretched and distorted. When I do a scandisk I have to
manually adjust the monitor to read the screen, as the left margin is lost and
can not be read. It’s like stretching an image in an editor for desktop
wallpaper. My resolution is 1024X768. When my desktop finally appears, the
wallpaper and icons are perfect.
The opening and welcome screens are displayed in Windows lowest supported
resolution – in all likelihood 640×480 – so that no matter what the
capabilities of monitor connected, those screens can be seen.
As you’ve seen, sometimes it’s not always shown well. But this is most
commonly a monitor issue, that should be easy to adjust.
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Many, though not all, CRT monitors, have height, width and position
adjustments. These allow you to adjust the height and width of the image
displayed on the screen, as well as its position on the screen. Ideally you can
make the image as high and as wide as possible, while making sure it’s centered
What most people aren’t aware of is that this adjustment is frequently a
What that means is that if you adjust and tweak your monitor so that it
displays your 1024×768 resolution output properly, that may only affect that
resolution. If you switch to another resolution, such as 640×480, 800×600 or
others, it’s quite possible that the height, width and position will be wrong.
Sounds like that’s what you’re seeing.
The solution is simple: with the computer set to display at that other
resolution, simply adjust your monitor again. You’ll need to repeat that for
each resolution you expect to display.
Now, the initial 640×480 may not be on long enough for you to make your
adjustments before Windows completes loading and switches to your higher, final
resolution. In that case you’ll need to temporarily switch Windows to display
at 640×480, make your adjustments, and then return Windows to your normal