Note, I don’t want to use the widescreen mod (I tried it already and ended up reinstalling the game from scratch)
Not sure if there is a solution here, but I’m hoping maybe someone has an idea on how to get the game to recognize changes in display settings.
My last PC had a separate graphics card (from nVidia), and by adjusting the nVidia settings to keep the aspect ratio fixed, I was able to run the game perfectly without distortion. The game filled most of the screen, with black borders on the side. This is what I am trying to do again now.
Recently I had to get a new PC. It’s a laptop and it’s hooked up to my old monitor, the same one I had success with before. I’m running Windows 7 now (old one was Vista). The new computer uses the “Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel” to adjust settings. Unfortunately, the BG game seems to ignore whatever changes I make. Whatever I do the result is the same: the game fills the screen, stretching and distorting the images. So, for example, if I set the resolution to something with a 4:3 ratio, my desktop has the black borders on the side, and other apps limit themselves to this viewing area. But when I launch BG, it ignores the settings and stretches to fill the screen.
I’ve already tried adjusting the BG program properties in the “Compatibility” section, trying such things as disabling display scaling, disabling desktop composition and visual themes.
I've tried setting the graphics control panel to fix the aspect ratio. Whatever setting I change it to, the game looks exactlythe same.
I’ve verified I have the latest device drivers for both the graphics card and the monitor
I also tried the widescreen mod. It made me very uncomfortable – the mod modified hundreds of files. I launched the game and it did work when in the playing screen, but the menus ended up tiny and virtually unreadable in the upper left of my screen. The whole thing made me nervous so I uninstalled the game and deleted all files, and reinstalled from scratch.
The closest I am able to get to a reasonable picture is to set my display to 800X600 and then play BG in a window by turning off full-screen mode in-game. This is not ideal, since the picture is smaller than it was before, it does not fill the screen vertically, and immersion is lost by the desktop, icons, and toolbars that are still visible around the window.
Is there any simple way to get the BG full-screen mode to adhere to the graphics settings I make in Windows 7?