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Topic Subject:pharaoh cleo display issue
posted 10-24-17 00:45 ET (US)         
okay, so I opened pharaoh today and found that it was displaying weirdly. Like it was stretched and/or zoomed in. And when I try on the highest normal (no illegal patch) resolution it seems to zoom in even more. I play the gog version, and tried their repair option. But I'm not sure what other options to check. And outside of any automatic windows 10 updates I haven't changed any display settings.
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posted 10-24-17 02:12 ET (US)     1 / 5       
In the graphics driver, have you tried changing the setting for desktop scaling? Pharaoh is made for running at 4:3 format but your monitor is likely 16:9 or 16:10 and at the default settings the desktop driver will fill out the screen thereby stretching Pharaoh.

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posted 10-24-17 03:54 ET (US)     2 / 5       
yeah, I loaded the game again, and it's definitely not just stretching the game, it's more like a 640x480 originally looked iirc, but thinks it's loading the game in a larger display setting (which is what I had set before). I even reinstalled the game, including deleting all my save data (backed up elsewhere).

And outside of the normal control panel settings (where scaling is 100%, the minimum), I don't know how to change the settings. There was an option in the compatibility settings to disable full screen optimization, which seemed to do nothing.
(and my display is 1920x1080)
I don't know if this means anything, but I tried setting my display setting to 1280:960 (maybe 1280:1080), and my screen adjusted successfully, but when I loaded the game it didn't keep that ratio, and went full screen again. even with disable full screen optimizations checked on the exe file

also, thank you for the help trouble shooting this
posted 10-24-17 05:40 ET (US)     3 / 5       
Post edited

***Sorry, thinking of wrong game when I wrote the previous post***

Weird, in the standard install I cant play in 'windowed mode'. Another Win10 quirk or Pharaoh cant understand full HD desktop size.(shrug)

Set compatibilty to Win 98.
Check the box 'Disable Scaling for High DPI...', also.

In Nvidia Control Panel: (easy access by right clicking your desktop)
(not your GPU then look for something simular)
CLICK ->Display: Adjust desktop size and position
On Scaling tab
Select the 1024x768 resolution.
above that you will see a pulldown 'Perform scaling on:' Select GPU
Apply the changes

Pharaoh should now be between two black sidebars when you select the 'Display Settings' 1024x768 resolution.

I guess you could preform simular operations for the resolution your stuck in 640x480/800x600 if you cant access the games 'display settings' pulldown.

above the "disable fullscreen optimization" you might find "Override Scalling for high DPI..." which has a pulldown. 'Application' is the default. See if it has a GPU setting and try that.

[This message has been edited by user3 (edited 10-24-2017 @ 11:10 PM).]

posted 10-25-17 01:53 ET (US)     4 / 5       
So, I have a Radeon chip set. And I actually had to turn on GPU scaling to fix it.
posted 11-20-17 03:56 ET (US)     5 / 5       
So, Windows 10 introduced another update, and now I have GPS scaling turned back on, since I had the same stretching/zoom issue again.
Luckily I remembered this topic, and knew what to do. Thanks again y'all for the help
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