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This issue bugs me so bad! I can do it manually, however I will not be satisfied unless it's perfect (which is doubtful considering I'm doing it manually).

My screen doesn't fit my whole monitor (there are black spaces around it which haven't been filled). I was wondering if there is anyway possible to automatically adjust/fix that issue?

Monitor: Dell M992
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
Operating System: Windows 7 x64 Bit
Resolution: 1280x1024
Refresh Rate: 85 Hertz

If you need more information, tell me and I will be more than happy to post it

Any answers would be greatly appreciated! Thank you

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What's the native resolution of your monitor? – Oliver Salzburg Aug 25 '12 at 23:48
The native resoulution is '1280x1024' – Donavon Decker Aug 25 '12 at 23:51
Have you tried using the monitor's controls (or auto-adjust feature, if it has one) to expand the image so it fills the whole screen? – Indrek Aug 25 '12 at 23:58
@Indrek - Yes, I have tried many times, but like I said in my original post, I can never get it right, and I'm not satisfied unless it's perfect, which is why I'm looking for a way to auto adjust it. There is a driver for the monitor, however it is for Windows XP, and I have Windows 7 so I cannot use it. – Donavon Decker Aug 26 '12 at 0:01
bizzarely, this is a dupe - I'm wondering if this is just a quirk of that monitor. – Journeyman Geek Aug 26 '12 at 7:37

You may be out of luck. CRT monitors can be finicky and if the built on controls are not working for you, there isnt much you can do.

The "driver" you are referring to isnt actually a driver. It just tells Windows what resolutions are supported. There should be no benefit to installing it.

My suggestion is to get a LCD monitor. LCD monitors do not suffer from these issues. Your have a 19" CRT, why not get a 19" LCD? They are relatively cheap.

A new thought:

Try lowering your refresh rate to 75 hz. I havent used a CRT in ages, but I remember higher refresh rates could make the display smaller.

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The higher refresh certinaly has a chance to change the size of the display so does resolution changes. I have seen some go larger to. Unless you are trying to get closer to the max fps of your video card for a game and have good enough eyes to see it you may not need to go to max refresh. My old 19" I had to go to 75hz to keep from getting headaches. if I went to 1020x res for a long time for games I would have to use 80+ – Kendrick Aug 27 '12 at 3:29

use the video tuning wizard in the nvidia drivers. if you go to the advanced controls it should show for you. I dont use windows much any more so I cant describe the menus properly but there are controls in nvidia that allow you to fix it. usually you can get a "test" patern to show so you can see exactly when its at the edge. once you get it close you can use the monitors built in controls to finalise it.

I would also check to make sure that it isnt out of focus. as much as I love my crt its only any good for playing games now due to being out of focus. you cant see it unless you put a lcd next to it so you can see if text is crisp or not. The first lcd we got made me mad, I was all hyped up to do dual screens and when I set them side by side I could instantly tell the crt was a goner.

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The only GUI or "test patern [sic]" I've seen in the Nvidia Control Panel that affects the image size has been for overscan correction. That is for shrinking the displayed image, not the enlarging that the OP wants. The only way to enlarge the image for a given resolution that I know of would be to muck around with the timings for the front & back porches. – sawdust Aug 26 '12 at 21:27
unless it was removed in recent versions of the driver I have used it MANY times since about 096? revision of the nvidia driver. I will need to boot in to windows tomorrow any ways so I will dig up the screen shots. even if the test pattern isnt available just change the screen background to a solid red or blue so that you can easily tell the edge of the screen with it. The feature I was talking about allows expansion and compression of the display through the driver to get it right to the edge of the screen. it is not for shrinking the image. – Kendrick Aug 27 '12 at 3:23
The Nvidia Control Panel is a utility that has to be installed in addition to the GeForce driver. There is an "Adjust Desktop size" tool that can correct for overscan when a TV is connected, or "Display Scaling" for "your flat panel display or non-HD digital display connected to the HDMI, DisplayPort, or DVI connector". Since the OP has a computer CRT monitor connected, these controls do nothing. – sawdust Aug 27 '12 at 5:43

Had similar problem, solved like this:

In Nvidia Control Panel > Display > Adjust desktop size and position > Apply the following settings > Select a scaling mode I changed from None to Full screen and changed the resolution as wanted.

Then, in Nvidia Control Panel > Display > Change resolution > Apply the following settings, Resolution > I changed the resolution as wanted.

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