When is full-screen not full-screen?

When is full-screen not full-screen?

Post by AmEy » Sat, 13 Nov 2004 16:31:04

Answer: when Windows Media Player feels like it.

This one has me stumped.
When I run WMP 9 on my XP SP2 laptop,
full-screen mode works fine for movies,
but behaves strangely playing an mp3.
Clicking on the full-screen button works, it does
look like it goes full-screen, but the screen is
totally black except for a square area in the center that
has the visualization in it (I was using Ambience: Random
if that makes a difference -- all of them behave the same).

I repeat, I do NOT have a problem with getting into
full screen mode. The problem is that it is not
actually full screen. The controls are gone, only
alt-enter or escape exit the mode, and it exits
cleanly back into windowed mode.

Every diagnostic passes, turning on/off hardware
acceleration has no significant effect, and googling/browsing
web/newsgroups has completely failed me, what a surprise.

The only other things I noticed were that the
visualization seemed to be a finer resolution in
full-screen mode than in windowed mode, even though
the space used was about the same, and that it seemed
to be "faster" but that could be subjective.

As usual, this is a "worked fine 6 weeks ago
and I've changed nothing since then" problem.

Anybody else ever see this?

Thanks in advance for any tips/pointers ...

When is full-screen not full-screen?

Post by John » Sun, 14 Nov 2004 10:12:45

Have you got an option on the laptop to sctrech the display when it's not
at the native resolution? My guess is that the visualisations are based on
say a 320x240 screen mode which would cover all of a well-set up CRT but
may only cover the centre portion of a 1280x1024 LCD display panel


When is full-screen not full-screen?

Post by AmEy » Sun, 14 Nov 2004 14:40:58

Thank you for your response!

The only times I have changed the resolution (when I bought
it) was to see how it handled a higher one, and as I
suspected it put the display in a "view" mode where some
of the desktop was off the screen. I have never seen
anything but the native resolution (1024x768 on my
display). I thought these laptop LCDs only had the one

The occupied portion in "full-screen" mode seems to be
between 1/2 and 2/3 of each of the height and width, centered
on the display.

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Post by John » Sun, 14 Nov 2004 18:23:55

ry Tools... Options... Plug-Ins...Visualization... Battery... Properties

Under Full screen settings you will see the resolution that it will use.
Mine currently reads 640x480, about 2/3 of the native 1024x768 resolution. A
pixel on an LCD display is a fixed size so you would expect the output to be
in a smaller window unless something else scales up the output. My Dell
laptop has a bunch of keyboard overlay functions one of which is called
"font" which handles this stretch mode. Your machine might have a button
with two boxes, one big, one small, or the word "stretch". This is managed
at the BIOS level and works even in raw DOS. Even when the BIOS doesn't
provide this support there are some Windows display drivers that have an
"advanced" feature to scale up the display to fill a laptop screen when it
differs from the native resolution.

Good luck.


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Post by AmEy » Sun, 14 Nov 2004 23:09:57

nbelievable! I love Usenet.
That was the answer, Steve.
You are a lifesaver.
And not the candy kind.

Who knows how it happened, but the resolution
property was set to 640 by something, instead
of the 1024x768 value that was amazingly also

Whether through age, infirmity, or stupidity,
I had not even seen that properties button.
So, just like every time I am shopping for
something, I needed someone else to point
out what was "under my nose" all the time.

I am now very happily watching vrooming stuff
fill the screen while listening to cool tunes.

Thanks again, and have a great day!


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