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July 16, 2013 2:54:54 PM

i am currently running windows 7 with a 450 GTS and a temporary LG TV as a monitor. i bought this computer, but before dispatch the seller tested it at a higher resolution than my tv supports. is there a way i can shrink the resolution completely blind?
July 16, 2013 2:57:03 PM

boot up in safe mode?
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July 16, 2013 3:00:00 PM

skit75 said:
boot up in safe mode?


in safe mode does it auto change the resolution? i thought i had to press a series of keys after f8 to change the resolution
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July 16, 2013 3:03:28 PM

What kind of cable(s) are you using to connect your pc to the tv? Most connection methods support ddc/ci, which would allow Windows to automatically detect what resolutions are supported, and change the desktop resolution accordingly. You shouldn't even need safe mode.
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July 16, 2013 3:04:15 PM

Safe mode will boot without drivers.... effectively making your video card resolution something like 640x480 or something close to it.

So restart....
Begin pressing F8 for 10-15 seconds.....
press the down arrow 1 time
Hit enter

That should get you into the OS where you can set your native resolution

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July 16, 2013 3:08:50 PM

skit75 said:
Safe mode will boot without drivers.... effectively making your video card resolution something like 640x480 or something close to it.

So restart....
Begin pressing F8 for 10-15 seconds.....
press the down arrow 1 time
Hit enter

That should get you into the OS where you can set your native resolution

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thanks very much! i have never needed to use safe mode before so wish me luck :p . your help is much appreciated
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July 16, 2013 3:12:45 PM

MauveCloud may be on to something.....

You should at the very least have video on your POST screen(right after your PC restarts) no matter what your OS resolution is. Maybe there is a cable issue.
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July 16, 2013 3:16:29 PM

I had to chuckle when I read the title - definitely not what I was expecting. But I would like to second MauveCloud. Skit75's method will definitely work, however.
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