Ask a question Report

Display Size Looks Like on a Safe Mode [Solved/Closed]

francis - Latest answer on Oct 6, 2013 04:23PM
I reinstalled my Windows Vista on my Dell Inspiron laptop after having trouble with blue screens (fatal error) and it worked. But after the successful installation, my screen display size began to look like I'm on a safe mode although I'm not. I tried adjusting the display settings, font size (DPI), theme, appearance settings, but nothing happened; everything still appears larger than they used to. I hope you can help me with this. Thank you.
Read more 

moins plus
This may be a screen resolution problem rather than a font size problem. You should download the hardware (motherboard and video) drivers from Dell. Windows might not have the exact driver for your video chip or other hardware on your motherboard. Laptops always need a driver update after a Windows re-install.

You might first try to change the screen resolution from the (640x480 Safe mode)

Right click on any empty area of the desk top screen.
Left click "Personalize"
Left click "Display Settings"
If the system allows you - Click and drag the resolution slider to the far right to "(High)"
If the slider is grayed-out then you know that a new video driver is needed.

Good Luck

francis- Oct 6, 2009 03:23AM
cool! thank you xpcman!
jwluve25- Nov 7, 2010 12:46AM
thanks SOOO much. I had tha big screen thing goin on and seen your advice! It totally worked. I LOVE YOU!!!
beth- Oct 6, 2013 04:23PM
somehow I accidentally hit some keys while typing too fast and my screen looked 'as if in safe mode'. went to personalization, display, change display settings. then scrolled it up to high (recommended). fixed it! thank you!
This document entitled « Display Size Looks Like on a Safe Mode » from CCM ( is made available under the Creative Commons license. You can copy, modify copies of this page, under the conditions stipulated by the license, as this note appears clearly.

Not a member yet?

sign-up, it takes less than a minute and it's free!

Members get more answers than anonymous users.

Being a member gives you detailed monitoring of your requests.

Being a member gives you additional options.