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Re: Older Laptop – Dell Inspiron 8100; running Windows XP SP2; P3 with maxed out RAM at 512MB. Computer runs fine with the following exception. Problem: Screen Resolution Issues When the laptop is set at max resolution of 1280 X 1024 the viewable area of the monitor is full width and full height. However,... show more Re: Older Laptop – Dell Inspiron 8100; running Windows XP SP2; P3 with maxed out RAM at 512MB. Computer runs fine with the following exception.

Problem: Screen Resolution Issues
When the laptop is set at max resolution of 1280 X 1024 the viewable area of the monitor is full width and full height.
However, if you lower the resolution to say 1024 X 768 the viewable area becomes much smaller and has a black border around all four edges about 1½ inches wide.
If you further reduce the resolution to 800 X 600 the viewable area now becomes about 7”W X 5”H with large 3”+ black borders all around.

I figured a repair install of XP would fix the problem, but since the XP disk is 8 years old, the version on the PC with all the Microsoft updates is consider a newer version and XP won’t allow me to do a “repair” installation.
My only options would be to format the HD and reinstall from scratch or uninstall all the upgrades and perform the repair install.
Any viable suggestions?
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