Originally posted by: stumped There are some 'switchable' graphics computers that have the option to disable the 'dynamic' switching function in the BIOS to a 'fixed' (non-switching) mode where only the 'discrete/more powerful' graphics will be used. Some have been able to use this to install new drivers...once in the 'fixed' mode, deleting the drivers from the computer control panel using 'uninstall a program' feature.
stumped, you're a genius. I switched to a 'fixed' mode, then uninstalled all instances of current AMD drivers/software and rebooted. Once back up, I ensured that all instances were still removed, did a clean install of the beta drivers from here, then rebooted again. Once I was back up one more time, I went to the desktop from the 'Apps' screen, opened up the Catalyst Control Center, and all of the old options are now back! Flat Panel Display Options is once again present, so I enabled GPU scaling and maxed out the Overscan slider; voila, everything is back to normal and displaying at max resolution like before with no black bars/fuzzy text/degraded images.
Honestly, I'm still a bit fuzzy on why I'm using Mobility drivers, but I'm not really going to worry about it until I need to start upgrading pieces/parts of this tower. As long as it works, it works, and I'm not going to mess with it any longer. Thanks so much with all your help, and hopefully if lrfowler is still monitoring this thread then maybe the steps you've helped guide me through and the fix I employed will help them as well. Have a great day, and cheers to you!