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I recently had a PC upgrade with work. The screen resolution is exactly the same, however the handling of the application window for one of our propriety applications is handled differently by the new… Read More
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2m, 3d agoPosted 2 months, 3 days ago
I recently had a PC upgrade with work. The screen resolution is exactly the same, however the handling of the application window for one of our propriety applications is handled differently by the new Dell compared with the old Lenovo.

In summary, on both laptops the application window for a particular program we use is too big to fit within the confines of the low screen real-estate (due to the low screen resolution); however on my original laptop, if I dragged the mouse cursor below or to the right (so it was at the absolute perimeter of the screen), the application's window would automatically shift up, down, left or right - revealing previously obscured user interface components.

I have tried the alt-spacebar move command to try and at least access the controls I need on the app but the application automatically snaps back. There are no configurable options within the application itself and I can see no options for the feature I need in any of the two laptops. This feature is *not* 'auto hide taskbar' - the application physically moves in the opposite direction to reveal any offscreen areas when the mouse is dragged (as if dragging it off the screen).

If anyone can shine a light on what I need to do then I will be eternally grateful!

I also cannot change the screen res to replicate a higher resolution.
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2m, 3d agoPosted 2 months, 3 days ago
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#1
after alt space bar move command, can you then resize the applications window manually by dragging the corners in?
Close and then reopen should remember the configuration.
#2
"I also cannot change the screen res to replicate a higher resolution."

I'd guess that this is the problem. Is it running the generic microsoft/windows lcd driver? Try getting a the correct driver for the internal gfx card.

The way you describe the old behaviour is how I'd expect things to behave when the internal graphics card will do a higher resolution than the screen will. But if you are running the basic microsoft driver then you'll be limited to that low resolution.

Edited By: mas99 on Feb 23, 2017 16:27
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mas99
"I also cannot change the screen res to replicate a higher resolution."

I'd guess that this is the problem. Is it running the generic microsoft/windows lcd driver? Try getting a the correct driver for the internal gfx card.

The way you describe the old behaviour is how I'd expect things to behave when the internal graphics card will do a higher resolution than the screen will. But if you are running the basic microsoft driver then you'll be limited to that low resolution.


This is a work laptop so I cannot install drivers. It's just the default installation with the same configuration as all the other laptops. The only difference should be the model and whatever drivers it uses by default.
#4
co_0k
after alt space bar move command, can you then resize the applications window manually by dragging the corners in?
Close and then reopen should remember the configuration.


The application window in this instance is static and will not scale in any way.
#5
A temp solution could be to put the screen in Portrait rather than Landscape
#6
Doesn't really help as I need to use the interface constantly.
#7
is the laptop res set at something like 1366 x 768? if it is then id try connection a 1080 monitor and see if the applications displays fully. if it does then if the laptop supports that resolution mention it to your IT guys to get the driver.
#8
wavylines
is the laptop res set at something like 1366 x 768? if it is then id try connection a 1080 monitor and see if the applications displays fully. if it does then if the laptop supports that resolution mention it to your IT guys to get the driver.


You can plug them into monitors to display a higher resolution, but the laptop display itself is fixed at its maximum resolution. The problem is not the resolution - since the original Lenovo laptop seemed to be set to the described workaround which worked well for me. The Lenovo is not running an emulated resolution but it offers the feature whereby the application 'shifts' up from whatever direction you scroll the mouse, when you roll the cursor out of the screen.

Edited By: misterleoni on Feb 23, 2017 17:10: Error
#9
Can't you just tell your IT dept about the problem and see if they can either offer you a higher resolution display or put scroll options into the app ? No excuse for shoddy coding.
#10
This is a graphics driver feature, if the new laptop doesn't support it then there's probably not much you can do.

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