Emulator Issues #3590
Windows 7 Taskbar sits atop Dolphin Emulator
What's the problem?
When running Dolphin Emulator and using Windows 7x64 the windows taskbar stays on top of the dolphin emulator. The resolution for windows is set to 1920x1080 and it is set to the same resolution in Dolphin. I do have the text size in windows 7 to be large instead of small.
Dolphin version with the problem (as it appears in the title bar, Ex.: "R
4779" or "R 6403M"):
Dolphin SVN R 6494
Operating system and version:
Windows 7 - 64 Bit
Game ID (as it appears in game properties, Ex.: "GZ2P01" or "RSBE01"):
Any game. Tested with SF8E01
Build command-line (not on Windows):
Was the ISO a plain dump from disc, compressed and/or scrubbed?
Please provide any additional information below.
I have launched Dolphin Emulator from Hyperspin-fe a frontend and the problem does not occur. There should be an option to make Dolphin hide the desktop and/or Always be on top. When I launch from hyperspin there is an option to hide the desktop so only the emulator appears. But if I open just the emulator, then the windows 7 taskbar sits atop dolphin.
I am attaching a screenshot of the problem.
#4 Updated by felipe.mavro over 9 years ago
Windows 7 has a "feature" and I use the term loosely that keeps the Windows 7 taskbar on top so dummies dont lose the taskbar.
#8 Updated by felipe.mavro over 9 years ago
My settings are as follows:
1920x1080 on an LG42" LCD.
Windows 7x64 with display text set to 150% (larger) instead of 100% (smaller) which is the default on Windows 7. I do this because I want to keep a high resolution, but have my computer connected to the TV so I can browse from the couch easily. If I switch back to 100% on the display text the problem does not occur. I know its kinda of a weird thing, but Im sure if there is an always on top option the problem would be resolved. When I launch it from Hyperspin-fe a Frontend I do not have this problem because I have a custom script enabling the desktop to be hidden.
#9 Updated by felipe.mavro over 9 years ago
To set the display text in windows 7 right click on your desktop and select screen resolution. Click on where it says "Make text or other items larger or smaller" and set to Largest. Open up dolphin and any game and you will see what i mean. Even when I played with the render to main window and have resolution set to 1920x1080 the windows taskbar sits on top of dolphin as per my screenshot.
#12 Updated by kmfdmkid2000 over 9 years ago
This is something I've noticed myself and think it can be resolved temporarily with two methods. One is a small app called Taskbar Eliminator (Google it, it's freeware) which I used for a long time to remedy this issue.
The second way is go into your Display resolution menu and click on Make text larger or smaller. On the left pane select Set Custom Text Size (DPI) instead of using Windows 7's easier configuration. Turn it up to 150%, and make sure you have "Use XP Style DPI scaling" enabled.
This resolved the issue for me, your mileage may vary. Although yes, I do think this is something that should be fixed within Dolphin itself, this fix worked for me.
#21 Updated by felipe.mavro almost 9 years ago
I'm not trying to argue here, but it is a Dolphin issue and not a windows 7 issue. Windows 7 allows other program to use those settings. It has something to do with a dolphin setting or a compilation setting. Every other program allows it. I do appreciate all that the developers do, I was just trying bring this issue to light.
#23 Updated by NeoBrainX almost 9 years ago
Again, this is not Dolphin's fault. If Windows 7 doesn't allow compatibility settings for Dolphin to be adjusted, we can't do anything about that.
It's probably because Dolphin makes use of some Vista-only features, there's no magic code in Dolphin which disables any compatibility features anyway..
That's all I can say.
#24 Updated by jason.spear over 8 years ago
I am disappointed this issue was marked invalid and has been ignored. I have several different emulators and all of them load full screen on my machine, completely....with no taskbar overlay issues, no inactive window issues. Only this Dolphin emulator seems incapable of loading a rom in true full screen mode. If it is truly a bug in Windows, it seems strange that the only program that manifests this bug is Dolphin.
It does seem like an "Always on Top" option would be the only thing needed to fix this problem that seems unique to Dolphin