I first installed the graphics card about a year ago, and while it said it had an option to run 4:3 resolutions without stretching to fit the screen the option wasn't available in the NVidia Control Panel. No bother - I'd lived without it for over a year already, it wasn't going to kill me to do without it.
When I did a clean install of Windows 7 a couple of months ago the option suddenly manifested itself. Indeed, the option was turned on by default. Fantastic! I no longer had to run the first season of Sam & Max
in a window!
A recent Windows Update appears to have broken the feature, however - I just went to play Abe Lincoln Must Die!
and the display stretched to fill the entire screen. I tried it on a couple of other 4:3 games - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
, Addiction Pinball
, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
- and they're all stretched.
I checked out the NVidia Control Panel. The "scaling with fixed-aspect ratio" option is there:
But as you see it's not enabled. It's not greyed out though, so it should be selectable. And it is. The problem is when I click "Apply" the computer rumbles for a few seconds, gives me a pop-up notification to let me know that my display settings have been changed, and then resets the option back to "Use my display's built-in setting".
My display is a Gateway GPD1975W. As far as I'm aware it doesn't have built-in aspect ratio correction. If it does I haven't found the setting yet.
Does anyone know why the NVidia card is preventing me from enabling an option that, until recently, was working perfectly fine?