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Window not stretching to fit screen at lower resolutions.

  1. #1


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    Window not stretching to fit screen at lower resolutions.


    Basically, my laptop has a dense native resolution of 3200x1800, meaning there is literally no way I can expect to run games at my native resolution without horrible lag.

    But when I try to run the game at a lower resolution (in fullscreen) it doesn't stretch the image, but rather just leaves a tiny rectangle among a massive black border.

    Dark Souls II specifically, will stretch, and fit beautifully.
    Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, doesn't.




    Also, its worth noting some programs act like this as well.
    For example, Steam renders appropriately (although fuzzy), but origin renders 'to-scale', and looks tiny.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    On some games/programs , you must use 100% scaling and low res, e.g. 720p to get rid of the black boxes around since those programs don't support scaling.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Can you elaborate on that some?
    I don't mess with this stuff, and I've never had this problem before, so I'm kind of flying blind here.

    What exactly am I doing to fix the issue?
    Like, how do I affect scaling and all that?
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  4. #4


    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Some monitors have a setting for filling the screen. But your System Specs gives nothing about the computer's hardware.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8


    Its a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro running windows 8.1

    8 Gigs of ram, 64 bit OS, with an i7 processor.
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Since it's a Notebook/Laptop there's fewer choices than with a Desktop with its separate monitor.
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    Yeah, I'm not that new, I obviously know that there are fewer options, but that doesn't contribute to the issue at all.


    If you don't know exactly how to help me, that's fine, I get it, but I asked for information.
    I'm sorry if I come off crass, and I don't mean to sound rude, but I would just like some actual help. This is bothering me a lot, because as I said, there are clearly exceptions, and I want to know what's causing this and how it works, that way I can figure out how best to deal with it.
    There is clearly a system that renders certain things at a different scale to make up for the density of my screen, which is small in size, but has a very high resolution. Can someone tell me about that? Because i'll bet that has something to do with my problem.
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  8. #8


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Revisiting my response shows it isn't all there, salients points in the second paragraph are missing and your 'crass' may be called for based upon what is visible, or not.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Do you want to explain this to me or not?
    I just want to understand why these programs behave this way.
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  10. #10


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't have a full explanation which solves your issue, but as you noted, your issue is the extreme resolution here 3200x1800. Most programs today aren't quite ready for such high resolutions and will behave strangely, especially games. If you Google your resolution you will notice posts where people have issues at that res. Here's a thread here regarding gaming at that res - Problems Gaming at 3200x1800 (New Razer Blade 14)

    As to your solution, the obvious thing is to try and find a resolution that works best for you in the meantime. As one poster in the thread I linked to suggested, you may have to downgrade your resolution for gaming purposes.

    Sorry if there is no easy answer but these extreme resolutions on these new monitors are going to be problematic until programmers account for them on a regular basis.

    With regards to Dragon Age: Inquisition, which I have, it appears the highest "native" resolution of the game is 1900 x 1200. However this article here may be of some interest - Dragon Age: Inquisition 5k screenshot gallery.

    Aside from trying that tweak you could try figuring out what the aspect ratio (the proportional relationship between a monitor's height and width) of your monitor is and choose a lower resolution in that range through your video card settings that might suit all your gaming needs.

    Good luck.
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