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I have just installed windows 8 on my acer aspire netbook, I made sure I had the required resolution of 1366x768. Once installed I can not get 1024x768, I tried downloading and installing the win 7 driver but the widgets are all fuzzy, anything I can do to sort this?

Many thanks

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to be clear, is your current resolution 1024x768 and you want 1366x768? or is it that you cannot downsize it to 1024x768? also, what graphics or laptop model you have? – user1055604 Dec 30 '12 at 18:47
Laptop model is AO751h, current resolution is 1024x768 and I would like 1366x768 to get the fully featured windows 8, many thanks – Lee Dec 30 '12 at 20:41
Well that laptop does indeed have a native resolution of 1366x768, but it seems that getting that resolution can be a challenge sometimes. My guess would be that you need to update the graphics drivers. As Andy said, you may need to check with Acer’s site to get the right ones. – Synetech Oct 19 '13 at 0:18

Windows 8 requires a minimum resolution of 1366x768. The extra width is to support the snapping of a metro style application to the left or right of the screen. I'd go back to the Windows 8 driver and put the resolution at 1366x768.

I would download the latest video drivers for your laptop here:

The Windows 7 drivers should work fine in Windows 8.

If that doesn't work you can rollback the driver. This is built into Windows, and while these instructions are for Windows 7 you can do the same in Windows 8 (

Open your Charms menu and click Search. Type 'Device Manager' and click on Settings in the Search charm fly out. Open Device Manager, expand Display Adapters. You should see your video card. Right click on it and on the properties page that opens click on the Driver tab. On this tab you should see a button to Roll Back Driver.

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Hi thanks for the comments – Lee Dec 30 '12 at 20:34
I originally had 1366x768 in vista, but on installation of windows 8 I only have 1024 with no other option available. I tried the windows 7 driver but the tiles were all fuzzy, so I reverted back, any ideas on how to make them not fuzzy? – Lee Dec 30 '12 at 20:36
@Lee I added to my answer. – Andy Dec 30 '12 at 21:26
Andy thanks for the update. I did exactly what you said above and reverted back as the tiles were fuzzy, don't know what to try next? – Lee Dec 30 '12 at 22:40
@Lee can you change the resolution now? You may have to completely uninstall and re-install your drivers. – Andy Dec 30 '12 at 22:48

I actually had this working in Windows 8.0 with some drivers which I no longer have when I updated my OS to 8.1. Now its impossible to get native resolution on win 8.1 with this laptop.

I tried installing the Intel 500 drivers for Win7 (VGA_Intel_v., but a lot of items are totally unreadable due to video corruption. Win 8.1 seems to be using real time VFX processing that this card cannot handle. So, basically I reverted to the default drivers.

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I just bought an Acer Aspire E5 571G 56FL and installed Windows 8.1. Everything on my screen just appears larger and magnified. When I go to Display then "Screen Resolution" it says:

" Display: 1. Mobile PC Display
Resolution: 1366 x 768 (Recommended) (which I have it set to in the corresponding drop down menu)
Warning! Your resolution is lower than 1280 x 900. Some items might not fit on your screen.

Orientation: Landscape "

I Tried:
Uninstalling both VGA drivers and reinstalling again; but did not work

Solution That worked for me:
I was given a DVD of drivers with the Laptop

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I installed I/O driver I2C

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then restarted the computer. Then It the resolution was fine.

If not working you can try re-installing VGA drivers

Ultimate SOlution: Try installing all the softwares/drivers in the application from DVD shown above

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