How come my video game only takes up part of my laptop screen when I check use full screen?

by on January 11, 2009

Q: I have a Toshiba-satellite (P205-S7469) with Windows Vista.

When I download a game off the web, the game screen is only in the middle of my screen, In the game options “Full screen” is checked. but it is not
the size of my screen. I have tried the F11 key;

I have also Checked my display settings. I have them set at 1440 x 900 pixels and 32 bit depth.

I was hope you can help me before I have to pay someone for fix my computer.

Thanks buches!!!

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2 Responses to “How come my video game only takes up part of my laptop screen when I check use full screen?”
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    Not all games support widescreen displays very well. There likely isn’t anything wrong with your computer, your just running into limitations of the game’s settings. However, many games that can’t be played in widescreen out of the box can still have this ability enabled through various tweaks and hacks. The best resource by far on this is Check through their forums and their game’s list for information on the specific game or games you’re having trouble with.


    Also remember that some laptop screens only support their native resolution. This means that if your laptops resolution is 1440 x 900 and full screen mode runs at 1024 x 768 then it is only going to take up part of the screen.

    Now if you have the game to set to run full screen at 1440 x 900 and that is your native screen resolution then that is obviously not the problem but it might help someone else down the road as well.