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Sony VGN-TZ180N: Display Not Filling Entire Screen In Windows XP, Resolution Max Is 1024×768

A client recently had me reinstall Windows XP on their Sony Vaio VGN-TZ180N laptop. There were lots of driver issues after installing Windows XP Professional that were mostly resolved by downloading various drivers from Sony’s support site for the laptop. One that caused me a bunch of problems because I assumed it was related to reinstalling the operating system was the display driver. Once I finally figured out what the issue was it was really easy to resolve but again locating the problem was hard to do. Below I describe the drivers to install and how to resolve the issue of the display only filling about half the width of the laptop screen.

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Twitter Background Image Deminsions To Fit Left Side

On a lot of Twitter feeds you will see a image to the left of the feed itself which makes it look as if the Twitter page itself has been designed. Basically what people are doing is adding a background image and typically using the tile feature to tile the image across the background. One thing to note is the fact that the image will display differently for various screen resolutions.

If you notice in the below image the background image fits perfectly for the screen resolution the page was viewed in which was 1280×800. The background image uploaded in this example below has a width of 250 pixels and a height of 600 pixels. Again these deminsions will make the image fit perfectly in a browser fully expanded when shown on a monitor/screen with a resolution of 1280×800.

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Save Pictures From a Kodak Gallery Slide Show

One of my sisters recently sent me a link to a photo gallery slide show online at kodakgallery.com. The gallery is in a flash slideshow format where you can scroll through the pictures, etc. I wanted to save a couple of the pictures to my desktop to upload to a personal photo gallery however within the flash application you are unable to right click the image and save it to your desktop. It took me a second to figure out but you can actually save these images to your desktop by exiting the slide show and viewing the images outside of the flash application.

When you are viewing a Kodak Gallery in the slide show format it will look similar to the below.