Hi. I'm trying to create a custom resolution of 1280x800 for use in a few games rather than my monitors native 1680x1050. I have a Geforce 6800 using the 220.127.116.1118 driver and my Nvidia control panel wont let me add a custom resolution. Any ideas?
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the card may not support that resolution
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Sounds like you have a widescreen LCD monitor as LCDs are the ones that list native or recommended resolutions. This is what keeps many people from buying LCDs. Lots of games support widesceen now but what you really need is lots of games supporting your monitor's particular native res. You also need hardware that can easily handle that native res, preferably at high game settings. If your vid card can handle the display's 1680x1050 res, it should easily handle 1280x800. It's more likely the Nvidia panel recognizing the display's limitations. Most LCDs will play other resolutions, but you really should check the spec on yours to make sure you know what they are before you go experimenting. I would highly recommend sticking within those parameters, you could actually damage the display otherwise. A common rule of thumb is a widescreen LCD will typically support one recommended/native widescreen res and offer anywhere from 2 to several alternate 4:3 resolutions. For more info check with the guys at WidescreenGamingForum.com. With this kind of thing you need to stay within the parameters of the weakest link flexibility wise. Just because your Nvidia panel has options to add in custom resolutions doesn't mean your display can handle them. You may luck out and just see the screen go black abd have to reboot, which usually means it won't even try and display it if it can't. On the other hand you could do permanent damage.
Ive gotten the 1280x800 res to work!! (i hav no idea how) I am still trying to add 1440x900 and 1024x640 as custom resolutions but it wont let me. I know my monitor can support these (it says so in the manual). 1280x800 really helps in super graphics intensive games but hopefully I'll upgrade my video card sometime and go back to 1680x1050.
I'm surprised 1440x900 is not already listed. My 20.1" lists 1680x1050, 1440x900, and 1280x800 automatically with no custom settings required.
Just to clarify something, your trying to set this is the control panel and not in a game right?
Keep in mind also that some games just don't support some resolutions, so even if you were able to add your custom ones, it might still not work :( ( *sad for not being able to play Thief : the Dark Project in 1152x864, though it's quite a standard one now* )
A lot of games can be hacked to support resolutions they don't natively, check the WSGF link I provided above. There has also been a small program called Resolution Changer made which I got off theat site that worked for Just Cause and make work for other games as well.