Remote Desktop and screen resolution issues -- XP Pro x64

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Josh Hillman, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. Josh Hillman

    Josh Hillman Guest

    My Windows XP Pro x64 computer at home is set with a resolution of
    1280 x 960 to properly match the 4:3 screen aspect ratio of my 19" CRT
    monitor.

    My Windows XP Pro (32-bit) computer at the office is set with a
    resoltuion of 1280 x 1024 to properly match the "native" resolution of
    the 17" LCD screen (5:4 aspect ratio).

    When I establish a Remote Desktop connection from my work computer to
    my home computer in full-screen mode, everything displays properly at
    1280 x 1024 as expected. If I close that RDP connection, go home and
    log back into my home computer (with programs still running, etc.) the
    taskbar is in its proper place at the bottom of the screen, but if any
    windows are maximized (current or new windows), the bottoms of those
    windows are pushed below the edge of the screen and cannot be
    seen/reached.

    So far, the only workaround I've found to deal with this behavior is
    to change the resolution of my home computer from 1280 x 960 to
    something less such as 1152 x 864, "apply" the settings, then change
    it right back to 1280 x 960 (hitting OK). Once this is done,
    everything is back to normal and maximized windows are no longer
    extending beyond the actual resolution limit. This remains fine until
    I establish another RDP session into my home computer again from a
    machine running a higher resolution.

    Changing my home computer's resolution to 1280 x 1024 is not a
    solution since doing so would vertically compress the pixels, creating
    distorted ("flattened") images, etc.

    Driver updates have never had an effect on this behavior, but in case
    it's relevant, the video card is an ASUS EAX300 ATI.

    Has anyone else run into this same kind of situation with differences
    in resolution between console viewing at a lower resolution than RDP
    sessions at a higher resolution?

    Josh
    Josh Hillman, Sep 16, 2006
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  2. Yeah, I've seen it. You'll likely only have issues with windows that are
    maximized. And since I don't every maximize windows, I'm insulated from it.

    The good news is, there's a new and better RDP coming in Vista. I like it.
    And it seems to handle screen resolution better. But still doesn't
    understand about my dual monitors. :(


    --
    Charlie.
    http://msmvps.com/xperts64


    Josh Hillman wrote:
    > My Windows XP Pro x64 computer at home is set with a resolution of
    > 1280 x 960 to properly match the 4:3 screen aspect ratio of my 19" CRT
    > monitor.
    >
    > My Windows XP Pro (32-bit) computer at the office is set with a
    > resoltuion of 1280 x 1024 to properly match the "native" resolution of
    > the 17" LCD screen (5:4 aspect ratio).
    >
    > When I establish a Remote Desktop connection from my work computer to
    > my home computer in full-screen mode, everything displays properly at
    > 1280 x 1024 as expected. If I close that RDP connection, go home and
    > log back into my home computer (with programs still running, etc.) the
    > taskbar is in its proper place at the bottom of the screen, but if any
    > windows are maximized (current or new windows), the bottoms of those
    > windows are pushed below the edge of the screen and cannot be
    > seen/reached.
    >
    > So far, the only workaround I've found to deal with this behavior is
    > to change the resolution of my home computer from 1280 x 960 to
    > something less such as 1152 x 864, "apply" the settings, then change
    > it right back to 1280 x 960 (hitting OK). Once this is done,
    > everything is back to normal and maximized windows are no longer
    > extending beyond the actual resolution limit. This remains fine until
    > I establish another RDP session into my home computer again from a
    > machine running a higher resolution.
    >
    > Changing my home computer's resolution to 1280 x 1024 is not a
    > solution since doing so would vertically compress the pixels, creating
    > distorted ("flattened") images, etc.
    >
    > Driver updates have never had an effect on this behavior, but in case
    > it's relevant, the video card is an ASUS EAX300 ATI.
    >
    > Has anyone else run into this same kind of situation with differences
    > in resolution between console viewing at a lower resolution than RDP
    > sessions at a higher resolution?
    >
    > Josh
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 17, 2006
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