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Monitor Resolutions Not Working?

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August 26, 2013 1:14:15 PM

I just took the HDD from my laptop and replaced it with my dead one in my PC. Before the one in the PC died it used to run perfectly and all. The monitor I used was a SAMSUNG television and it projected a 1680x1050 resolution.

Now, with the laptop HDD in, It's won't go past 1280x1224. There is an option for 1400x1050. But, when selected, my TV prompts a "mode not supported" message.

Is there a driver I probably need to update, or should I be fiddling with the TV's settings? (I don't recall myself ever doing so for the old HDD.)

Any help would be most appreciated. :) 

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August 26, 2013 1:22:30 PM

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August 26, 2013 1:23:59 PM

Heikeiel said:
I just took the HDD from my laptop and replaced it with my dead one in my PC. Before the one in the PC died it used to run perfectly and all. The monitor I used was a SAMSUNG television and it projected a 1680x1050 resolution.

Now, with the laptop HDD in, It's won't go past 1280x1224. There is an option for 1400x1050. But, when selected, my TV prompts a "mode not supported" message.

Is there a driver I probably need to update, or should I be fiddling with the TV's settings? (I don't recall myself ever doing so for the old HDD.)

Any help would be most appreciated. :) 


You guessed it; it's a driver issue since your laptop has a different graphics card than your desktop. I'd actually recommend you back up your important files on that HDD and then format it and install all the new drivers from scratch. Otherwise even if you download the necessary drivers you're going to A.) run into a lot more driver issues for everything from ethernet to USB ports and, B.) if you take care of "A" you're still going to have multiple conflicting drivers for every device and that's not fun at all.
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August 26, 2013 1:32:31 PM

Deus Gladiorum said:
Heikeiel said:
I just took the HDD from my laptop and replaced it with my dead one in my PC. Before the one in the PC died it used to run perfectly and all. The monitor I used was a SAMSUNG television and it projected a 1680x1050 resolution.

Now, with the laptop HDD in, It's won't go past 1280x1224. There is an option for 1400x1050. But, when selected, my TV prompts a "mode not supported" message.

EDIT: the only things I need to save from here are Paint Tool SAI and all it's files. Really... I do have CDs or DvRs somewhere. Would those work?

Is there a driver I probably need to update, or should I be fiddling with the TV's settings? (I don't recall myself ever doing so for the old HDD.)

Any help would be most appreciated. :) 


You guessed it; it's a driver issue since your laptop has a different graphics card than your desktop. I'd actually recommend you back up your important files on that HDD and then format it and install all the new drivers from scratch. Otherwise even if you download the necessary drivers you're going to A.) run into a lot more driver issues for everything from ethernet to USB ports and, B.) if you take care of "A" you're still going to have multiple conflicting drivers for every device and that's not fun at all.


How would go about "back[ing it] up", exactly? I don't have any other drivers and no storage devices. :3

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August 26, 2013 2:06:39 PM

Heikeiel said:
Deus Gladiorum said:
Heikeiel said:
I just took the HDD from my laptop and replaced it with my dead one in my PC. Before the one in the PC died it used to run perfectly and all. The monitor I used was a SAMSUNG television and it projected a 1680x1050 resolution.

Now, with the laptop HDD in, It's won't go past 1280x1224. There is an option for 1400x1050. But, when selected, my TV prompts a "mode not supported" message.

Is there a driver I probably need to update, or should I be fiddling with the TV's settings? (I don't recall myself ever doing so for the old HDD.)

Any help would be most appreciated. :) 


You guessed it; it's a driver issue since your laptop has a different graphics card than your desktop. I'd actually recommend you back up your important files on that HDD and then format it and install all the new drivers from scratch. Otherwise even if you download the necessary drivers you're going to A.) run into a lot more driver issues for everything from ethernet to USB ports and, B.) if you take care of "A" you're still going to have multiple conflicting drivers for every device and that's not fun at all.


How would go about "back[ing it] up", exactly? I don't have any other drivers and no storage devices. :3



Hm, in that case I'd recommend you go ahead and create a new partition on your HDD to put your important files in. I warn you now, this can be a bit of an annoying process. You'll need your Windows 7 install disk for this. Also make sure you take a picture of this post or print it out first because you'll potentially be without internet access for a little while if you don't have a smartphone or something to view this.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to create a new partition on your HDD for Windows 7:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-forma...

Once you do that, go ahead and download your necessary drivers and put them on the newly created partition before deleting the old partition. Don't install them just yet, just leave them on the new partition. The drivers you'll really want to download include your ethernet and/or WLAN drivers so you have immediate internet access to download any drivers you may forget about, but other drivers you may want to immediately download include your graphics driver, sound driver (if applicable), or anything else you might remember off the top of your head.

Once you're sure you have your drivers on your new partition as well as your important files and you've memorized the name of your new partition, boot up the Windows 7 install disk and you'll come to a point where it'll ask you to format your HDD or create a new partition on it to install windows. At this point, you'll want to choose to format (not delete) the old partition and then install Windows 7 on it again, making sure to leave the partition you created earlier alone.

Once you have done that, assuming you just installed the same version of Windows 7 as you had earlier, you should be able to access the partition that has the data you backed up on it, but in case you can't, the following is from a previous post to allow you to take ownership of that partition again so you can get all your drivers and data:

nukemaster said:
You need to take ownership of it.

Right click the drive and select properties.

From the windows that appears select Security(1). On that tab select Advanced(2).

A new windows will open....

Select the Owner(3) tab and select Edit(4).

From the next screen you can select your self as the owner(5) and make sure you check the "Replace owner on subcontainers and object"(6, make sure you check this, my image is not checked, but you want to check it) box.

Apply(7)

Hope this helps.



So then you should be finished. It's a bit of a process, so I recommend you take a clear picture of this post or print it out since you're going to potentially be without internet access on that drive for a while. Let me know if you need me to clarify anything else.
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