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Windows 8.1 display resolution (default)?

By learninmypc · 27 replies
Jun 20, 2019
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  1. In a nutshell, I shut down my laptop normally last night. I use it to stream my local news to my Panasonic TV via HDMI cord.
    This morning I turned my laptop on & my tv turns on by its self so once it started I clicked the Google Chrome icon to start watching, it crashed a couple times so I used firefox instead. I immediately noticed the Start button was missing & thing in general did not look correct. NOT in chronological order, I checked the Display properties, they were at "recommended" which shows 1920 X 1080 but it still did not look correct. It is currently at 1024 X 768 which does show the start button but now there is a black space in the top part of the browser .
    I tried changing Picture settings on tv but no change. I also did a system restore to a few days ago but stll
    black space top of browser(s). I really don't want to reset it to factory if I can avoid it, but will if needed. :(
    I've since uninstalled/reinstalled Google Chrome it works but black space top of browser as in FF.
    Open to suggestions
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    I just checked my other laptop & desktop & they're still showing it normal like my HP laptop was. #Confused
     
  3. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    Hmmm, have you tried to power cycle? Set as you want. Turn power off on all. Then power up TV so it is ready to receive signal. Then power up laptop so it can send signal. Then (hopefully) the TV will adjust to the laptop.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Ok, just did as you suggested, everything is some what normal that way, just the black space top of browser is not normal, confused.
     
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    What happens if you minimize and then maximize browser?
     
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Nothing. I'm going to mess with Resolution for a bit & if that don't work, I'll sadly force myself to reset to factory :( :(
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    I'm going to hope refreshing pc with out affecting my files works
     
  8. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    Make a backup.
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    No cd/dvd player on it & no flash drives big enough so I’m Screwed in that part. Installing 200 plus ms updates now, happy happy joy joy lol
     
  10. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    Mail it to yourself. Put key files on OneDrive or any of the other 'free' cloud storage offered.
     
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Didn't know/think about that. Its completed the post #7, got the MS updates installed but Display properties is still messed up & I guess no more 8.1 in MS store so I'm hoping it'll work for a download from MS. If not, stuck on 8.0 :(
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    OOpppsss, my bad. On the laptop, screen resolution is ok, its on my tv its not right, yet I never messed with either. More confused now,
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Well, evidently the file ( 8.1), I downloaded from MS is now installing. It scares me when I don't know what I'm doing , works. :)
     
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Ok, laptop display is back to normal, just need to figure out how to duplicate it on tv. Thank you.
     
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    8.1 installed successfully, MS updates had been running for hours, stopped,rebooted & restarted 90 minutes ago hope it ends before Christmas :)
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Thank you @Cycloid Torus , this thread sadly comes to an end here. Despite numerous attempts googling default display settings for w 8.1, the laptop desktop never returned to the way its supposed to be so I am now resetting it to factory settings. #GRRR :mad::mad:
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  17. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Mystery partially solved, in the Display drop down box, it now shows 2. Panasonic - T V
    Resolution 1024 X 768 . Although it still has the black border at top & bottom of browser, laptop has been fully reset to factory & its functional, thanks for your help & input
     
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Mystery FINALLY solved, the #Format button (on remote) was incorrectly set, no more black spot at top or bottom of screen, :):)(y) (Y)(y) (Y)
     
    Cycloid Torus likes this.
  19. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Ok, that problem is solved, now I'm wondering why WU has been searching for MS updates for 6 plus hours. No problems with last months Patch Tuesday. Since I installed the 8.1 update this last time, WU says Most recent check for updates? Never
    Updates were installed , never . Why??
     
  20. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    You said "Installing 200 plus ms updates now, happy happy joy joy lol" Don't worry... let it run... move the mouse every 15 minutes to make sure it doesn't sleep (if you forgot to turn sleep off)
     
  21. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Ok, its been going for 8 plus hours now
     
  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    Ok, that was prior to the 8.1 update. Since I downloaded that update this last time, there has not been any MS updates & I know there are many from past resets. I'm wondering if I installed in incorrect 8.1 update ????
     
  23. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,062   +1,187

    Perhaps you can check update history? I had MS update fail and it took MS a couple of weeks to straighten out a mess that the fail created. It then took an hour for the update to be entered correctly when it finally appeared as available.
     
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

    It shows 35 currently installed updates. WU has been going since about 10 am yesterday. Unless you suggest otherwise , :( , reset time ?
     
  25. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,819   +587

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