I apologize if this Display Adapter help request should appear in a different forum.
I have an HP Pavilion DV7 Entertainment Laptop (dv7-2180us). When I bought it, it came to me running windows vista which hp upgraded to windows 7 and when the windows 10 upgrade occurred, i updated it to 10 without issue.
It has a natural display resolution of 1920x1280 and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 for graphics.
I keep this laptop to the side of my desktop and tend to use it for watching videos, browsing for help while in games, listening to music, etc. Occassionally, my son will use it to play games such as rust or minecraft. It is not used or even open 24-7 like my desktop, but when it is, it has also been at the 1920x1280 resolution.
Recently, perhaps a month or so ago, I opened it up and it was at a lower resolution, unable even to display all the icons on my desktop. I looked to change the resolution, but it told me the max available was 1152x864 and it recommended only using 1024x768. 800x600 was also available, but no others.
As I don’t depend on this machine except in emergencies, I gave up futzing with it after a couple hours of reboots and attempts at updating windows. I had previously disabled the hp bloatware that it came with.
Today, wishing to make use of it again, I tried to contact hp’s online forums for help. I eventually found someone with had a similar issue a day or two after Thanksgiving on a similar but slightly different type of dv7. Fully a week later, he received a snarky reply from an “HP Expert” that told him that ATI states that their ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series don’t support windows 10. Apparently https://goo.gl/qzV2Kp
I found that ATI has drivers for up to windows 8, but not beyond. https://goo.gl/oDLduT
All I really know for sure is that this was working properly in windows 10 at the laptop’s natural resolution about a month ago and something changed without my being aware – i’m guessing some sort of windows update – and now i can no longer use the resolution of the laptop’s built in monitor. HP is unwilling to help/support the device. ATI apparently does not (perhaps any longer) make a windows 10 compatible driver available.
BTW, this worked properly with the Windows Spring (I think) Creative Update. I had hoped that the current Fall Creative Update might fix it back. It did not.
This device is not a super strong computer, but, it works plenty well enough for me, but I depended on that higher resolution. Now I feel that something (1.46M pixels) has been taken from me without my consent. Someone – Microsoft(?), HP(?), ATI(?) – has disabled my machine from displaying any resolution higher than 1152x864 on either its internal monitor, or on a 2nd monitor.
If there is a technical solution to this, please advise. I don’t know what my options are. Could it be possible to somehow discover and reinstall the original driver? Could it be possible to remove some unknown windows update that has messed this up?