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How to custom scale to get rid of black bars in video games?


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Hi there,
I'm a relatively new mac user and I am trying to play a windows game on my macbook using vmware fusion. The game I am trying to play is called navyfield which does not support widescreen monitors and runs at 1024x768 which produces black bars on the side when i play it on my macbook. My PC monitor is also widescreen but there is an option for me to scale it to fit the screen. My question is how do i do the same for my mac? Is there a way to use my nvidia 320m graphics card to do this? This is the macbook that i have

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The problem is you're running the game via a Fusion VM and that limits you to using the video driver provided by Fusion. As far as I know, there is no way to scale the screen to get a full screen effect in Fusion as long as the game does not support wide screen. Have you tried changing the resolution in Fusion to see what happens?

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yea i tried doing that and it gave me black bars before i even start the game
would it work on another windows emulator such as parallels?

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I'm not really understanding the problem. If the game runs in 1024x768, and you're seeing the whole screen of the game, what is the issue exactly?
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i appologize if i wasnt clear, the issue is that im getting black bars on the side of the monitor and i want the picture to fill the whole screen so that i dont get black bars

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I am also considering crossover games, would that be able to solve my problem?

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i appologize if i wasnt clear, the issue is that im getting black bars on the side of the monitor and i want the picture to fill the whole screen so that i dont get black bars
Again, I'm just dense, but ... if the game is 1024 x 768, you can't get it to fit the whole screen without either "stretching" the image or cutting off part of the game screen. I wouldn't have thought either of those options would be attractive.
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yes, stretching the image is exactly what i am trying to do. That is how i play the game on my pc and would like to do that on my mac. The resolution on my macbook is 1280x800 and my external monitor that i will use to play the game is 1440x900 19".

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yes, stretching the image is exactly what i am trying to do. That is how i play the game on my pc and would like to do that on my mac. The resolution on my macbook is 1280x800 and my external monitor that i will use to play the game is 1440x900 19".
Ah, okay. Sorry to be pest, now I understand. For the sort of games I play (which is rare), stretching would be a detriment to the experience, but of course not all games are like that.

Crossover Games is *definitely* worth a tryout if it supports the game you want to play. It should be able to offer you better options video-wise.
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So i checked my old windows laptop which also runs at 1280x800 but when i played navyfield there were no black bars on the side so it must have something to do with vmware.

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I think, when you install the virtual PC under VMWare, that somewhere you define the size of the screen (in pixels) that you want to use in the VM. I don't think, once it's installed, that you can change it, but I'm not at my iMac to look. But you could check it out, anyway.
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You can change the resolution of the Fusion VM after it's installed. The problem he's having is that the game does not support a wide screen format and the video driver that Fusion uses is limited. He can't get the game to display full screen.

Running the same game using a Windows Boot Camp installation would provide more flexibility with resolution and full screen.

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