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Default Mini 10v has large icons and blocky tray icons. Looks like graphics from 1980's! - 09-12-2009, 01:35 PM

I just received my 10v with 1024x600 resolution. I booted it up and was surprised at how unsharp and blocky the desktop icons, the tray icons, and even the shutdown window with the three buttons such as sleep, shutdown, restart button look.

It almost reminds me of the graphics on a 1980's Commodore 64!!! I have an Acer Asprire One with a 8.9in with the same resolution. The icons and text look very sharp on the Acer.

I have adjusted some settings in the Display section that made it a little better but still not that satisfied. Did any of you guys make adjustments to the Display so things look crisper?

I was thinking of Hackintoshing this but I was wondering how clean does it look with this screen?

Here are my settings. You may want to record your original settings before changing them.

I went to Display --> Appearance --> Effects and turned off Use Large Icons. I also changed smooth edges from "Standard" to "ClearType"

Display --> Appearance --> Advanced go to Item and select Caption Button and changed the Size to 26

I still feel like some adjustments need to be done. If you have some suggestions to getting the screen icons sharper let me know.
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Default 09-12-2009, 02:11 PM

Could you provide some screenshots?? Sounds strange, thats for sure..
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Default 09-12-2009, 02:29 PM

Never had an issue with my 10v... either it is your configuration or you have some faulty hardware. (I think it is the configuration )

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Default 09-12-2009, 04:07 PM

Are you sure that you're running at the correct resolution? The 10v screen is either 1024x600 or 1024x576, depending on when/where you bought it.

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Default 09-12-2009, 04:25 PM

My recent 10V as shipped from Dell had large icons and oversized desktop fonts. Seems like the factory image was optimized so that people wouldn't compkain about the screen being too small. If your screen is 1024x600, there's a patch from Dell that fixes dpi settings in XP.

I was able to fix mine so it looked the same as my A90, before I hackintoshed it.
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Default 09-12-2009, 05:12 PM

Could you tell me where you found the patch? Even though I adjusted a few things sometimes I can't get thru installations because the NEXT button is hidden below the taskbar and I cant even click next. I have to press enter. Sometimes I want to press another button but I can't even see it.

I'm glad someone else has seen this. What is funny is I used and remoted into my Acer Aspire ONE and chose fullscreen. The DELL Loooked GREAT with the Acer Settings!!!

My Display settings are definitely at 1024x600
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Default 09-12-2009, 05:54 PM

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Default 09-12-2009, 06:52 PM

Thanks for the tip! That was the problem. Loaded that fix and everything looks nice!!!!
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Default 09-12-2009, 07:19 PM

Hi there
I see you have already found a solution, but I thought I'd share my thoughts:

I think that the Windows XP DPI setting is the culprit - on my Mini 10v, it was changed to 'Large (120 DPI)' by default, which makes the icons appear 'blocky' and the text larger-than-usual.

Here's some info on the DPI setting

Just my 2 cents
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Default 09-13-2009, 04:50 PM

Windows 7 can really improve the look of the 10v screen. You also have the option to to pin the taskbar to the left/right (vertical) which gives you precious extra room at the bottom of the screen. You may also be able to do this with XP but I don't have any XP machines to test it on anymore. I've really grown to love the taskbar on the vertical left.
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