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Computer monitor display
« on: November 23, 2018, 02:43:12 AM »
Some monitors in the game are widescreen monitors. I'm thinking specifically of the monitor in the PC's Skyeline haven, but I'm sure there are others.

I would expect the typical 4:3 monitor display to be stretched to fill the width of the widescreen display, but there's also vertical compression going on for some reason, as shown in the first two screenshots below. There's a lot of unused space on the screen, which often makes it hard to read the text, particularly with longer emails.

Theoretically it should look more like the third screenshot.

Is there a particular reason it's done like this? Is there a way to change it?
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Re: Computer monitor display
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 09:34:28 AM »
Is there a particular reason it's done like this? Is there a way to change it?

I just did a quick test, but while there are keyvalues for the prop_hacking entities called textcolumns and textrows, the later seems to have a hard-coded maximum of 32 which leaves these empty spaces...

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Re: Computer monitor display
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 12:20:47 PM »
Hm. That sounds like it would change the number of rows of text shown on the screen, which isn't quite what I'm looking at. I just want the available 32 rows of text to be stretched vertically so they take up more of the available space, as shown in the third screenshot above.
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Re: Computer monitor display
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2018, 01:59:53 PM »
That sounds like it would change the number of rows of text shown on the screen, which isn't quite what I'm looking at.

It should be, because if you decrease the number of rows or columns, the resulting window is even smaller...

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Re: Computer monitor display
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2018, 07:54:44 PM »
It should be, because if you decrease the number of rows or columns, the resulting window is even smaller...

Perhaps I'm not explaining myself very well, so let me elaborate.

The regular monitors -- like the one in the Santa Monica haven -- are at a rough 4:3 aspect ratio. The "active" part of the screen fills up the whole thing. As is shown here: there's no black space surrounding the monitor display.



The widescreen monitors -- like the one in the Skyline haven -- are at a rough 16:9 aspect ratio. The "active" part of the screen should theoretically be stretched wider to fill the screen.

The below image shows a 4:3 aspect on top, a 4:3 aspect ratio "pillar boxed" on a widescreen 16:9 monitor at bottom left, and a 4:3 aspect ratio stretched horizontally to fill the 16:9 on the bottom right.



So it's that display at the bottom-right that I'm looking for.

What the monitor actually displays is not only stretched wider horizontally, but compressed vertically, leaving the big black sections at the top and bottom. Each individual line of text -- each of the 32 rows -- is only about half the height that it looks on a 4:3 monitor. And that makes it harder to read things.



So I don't need any rows or columns of text added or removed. I know doing so would make the display window smaller or bigger. I'm just looking to vertically stretch the stuff that is being displayed so it fills the entire monitor, as shown here.



Does that make sense?
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Re: Computer monitor display
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2018, 09:21:22 PM »
If I could mod it I'll put a regular monitor instead of the widescreen, a crack on the wall (like someone in a moment of rage threw there something) and the widescreen monitor broken in a bin (like someone in a moment of rage threw it on a wall). But I suppose you'll opt for only the first one....  :rofl:
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Re: Computer monitor display
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2018, 10:40:29 PM »
Perhaps I'm not explaining myself very well, so let me elaborate.

I know exactly what you mean but somehow Troika connected the rows and columns to the overall screen size. Here e.g. is a screenshot showing a reduced column count: