After installing a DVI to DVI/VGA splitter on my work computer, I started to notice this every morning.
For months this pissed me off to no end. Every morning I'd get in, turn on the monitor and have to resize the display settings to zoom in 2x. Not only that, it'd also resize when the monitor quickly restarts itself.
Initially I thought it was an issue with the Dell 2408WFP monitors not saving the settings properly. But when I thought about it, a couple of other guys in dev had the same setup and it was working fine.
It had to be a driver issue since I upgraded mine with Windows Update. The graphics card on the computer is an ATI Radeon HD 3400.
Eventually I got fed up and looked for a way to fix it.
This was due to the native resolution of the monitor being 1920x1200, while the resolution I set was 1680x1050.
Somewhere along the lines the signal was being resized.
- Open up the ATI Catalyst suite.
- Get to the configuration by clicking on "Graphics" > "Desktop & Displays".
- At the bottom, right click the monitor you want to fix and select "Configure". The menu wont appear if you click on the bigger monitors.
- Most likely your settings are set to "Use centered timings". Change it to "Maintain aspect ratio".
- Change it to "Maintain aspect ratio".
You can optionally select "Enable GPU scaling" if you want the graphics card to resize the screen rather than letting the monitor do it.
- Apply and enjoy the results!
If that does not work, run your problems over with a bulldozer.