How to Modify a NetBook to Allow PowerSDR to be Fully Shown

PowerSDR is a 1024x768 pixel application.  Netbooks have a maximum resolution of 1024x600 which results in part of the PowerSDR console being "cut off".

If your Netbook's graphics card will accept a 1024x768 resolution setting, this will allow PowerSDR to "float" on the monitor so that you can move it around in order to display all parts of it; just not the whole console at the same time because the physical monitor size is too small (1024x600).

How to Change your Screen Resolution to 1024x768

If your NetBook's graphics card has the 1024x768 or greater resolution available, set it to a higher value by doing the following:

1. Right-click your computer’s Desktop and click Screen Resolution from the menu that appears. The Screen Resolution window will appear. This setting is part of the Control Panel in Windows 7 and can be accessed from the Control Panel as well.

2. Click the Resolution drop-down to select the 1024x768 screen resolution from the list. 

3. When you are done changing the screen’s resolution, click OK to save the changes. You may need to confirm the changes. If so, click Yes to continue.

Windows 7 will automatically determine the best resolution based on your monitor and may not show an option for 1024x768.  In this case you will need to over-ride the Windows Registry to enable higher resolutions than your monitor will display.  There are two ways to do this; either by modifying the Registry (an advanced technique) or by using the Netbook Resolution Customizer.

Using the Netbook Resolution Customizer (NRC) to Change Maximum Display Resolution for Intel Graphics Adapters

There is a freeware utility available that will designed to let you get custom resolutions on PC, Laptop or Netbook which has an Intel graphic chipset installed.    For information regarding downloading and running NRC, go to this web site.

Note: This program is not directly supported by FlexRadio Systems.  Please contact the programs author for support and assistance.


Using the Registry to Change Your Netbook's Maximum Display Screen Resolution

WARNING: Changing values in the Registry incorrectly can cause your computer to operate poorly or not at all. 

PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!  FlexRadio Systems is not be responsible for any problems that may arise from Registry corruption.

1. Go to the Start menu and type in regedit in the Search box, then hit Enter.

2. Scroll up on the left pane to make sure you are at the very top of the tree.

3. At the top menu, go to Edit then Find... and search for "Display1_DownScalingSupported"

4. Change each instance you find (you'll likely find 2 results for this) from "0" to "1". Make sure you change every found instance, because otherwise the change won't work.

5. Once done, restart the PC.

When your system has restarted, when you right-click on your desktop and choose to change your screen resolution, you should now see options for 1024x768 as well as 1152x864 resolutions for your Netbook, in addition to your previous resolutions.

Keep in mind that while this registry hack has been shown to work with a number of Netbooks from different manufacturers, it might not work with all Netbooks, and modifying your registry is always something you do at your own risk. It's always a good idea to backup your registry before making any changes by going to the file menu and exporting it.

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