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Farcry 2: Unsupported video signal, wtf?

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March 14, 2009 1:02:31 AM

I honestly don't know what the heck to do!

for your info, i am using a Toshiba 21 inch HDTV, native resolution 720p as a monitor, with GTX 260 Core 216...

and i am using the correct resolution, which has to be 1280x768 or 1380x768, one or the other...

Now, Crysis works just fine, counterstrike, no problem!

However, this game just WON'T show up! my tv goes "Unsupported video signal" when i try to play this game. Oh, and i'm trying to play it off Steam, the other games work fine...

this is a pain in the ass, what should i do?

March 14, 2009 1:14:04 AM

Welcome to the wonderfull world of Far Cry 2.
March 14, 2009 1:16:09 AM

are you telling me i payed $30 for a game that didn't work right? Other people had this problem too?
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March 14, 2009 1:29:12 AM

At least you didn't pay launch price.

It may just be a case of editing a config file to your TV's resolution.

...\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 2\GamerProfile.xml

Change, ResolutionX="800" ResolutionY="600", to the resolution of the TV.


If not try looking on the ubisoft far cry 2 forums:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/cfrm/f/34210466
March 14, 2009 1:48:55 AM

ahhh... that could work, but do you know the Steam path? Cause that would be the NON-Steam path, but would it be the same anyway?
March 14, 2009 6:08:37 PM

Makes me wonder why people bother using HDTV's in place of a good monitor.... TV for watching TV crap. Gaming needs a decent monitor.

I wonder how many people dont understand that a HDTV quite possibly has a lower resolution than a 20/22" lcd monitor ?
March 14, 2009 7:20:55 PM

Probably the vast majority, also probably why monitor manufactures are advertising some of them as "HD" now.
March 14, 2009 8:21:00 PM

well, it's the only thing closest to a monitor, since i'm at college and i only have the LCD TV, and it's better than nothing. I know they are advertised as "HD", but mine is the 720p ones, hence 1280x768. Or is it 1380x768? i'm not sure.

But, come on, it's not like it's 640x480, it's still pretty detailed to me when i play Crysis.
March 15, 2009 1:08:07 AM

i haven't tested out the Farcry 2 video fix, i'm on spring break, i'll test it as i get back to college.
March 16, 2009 4:54:44 PM

Does it have the 1280x720 offering? That is 720p true blue.
March 16, 2009 5:46:00 PM

The correct resolution is 1280x720, hence why it's a 720p television - not 768. 1280x768 is too high a resolution for a 720p TV. If the TV supports 1080i you may be able to connect to it via component cables and get a higher resolution, but it will probably look like crap due to compression. Your best bet is to use a 22" monitor which will allow for higher resolutions and look a lot better than a 720p HDTV. Looking at your specs you are really wasting a pretty good GPU running it on that TV.
March 16, 2009 10:11:49 PM

hey, The TV was better than nothing, i still got a really good computer within my budget, and a monitor is out of the consideration.

and I did try 1280x720, and there's this weird black bar to the left, but when set to 768, it fits the screen.
March 17, 2009 7:50:18 AM

720p HDTVs can be 1366×768
March 17, 2009 7:53:32 AM

djcoolmasterx said:
720p HDTVs can be 1366×768


yea, but how do you tell which is closer to the native resolution of the TV? any tips, like, the way the screen looks, smoothness, etc.
March 17, 2009 8:11:11 AM

The highest it will display
March 17, 2009 8:16:42 AM

oh i see... 1366x768 then... hey. what happens if you try to go 1900x1200 on an 720p tv? will it look all weird?
March 17, 2009 8:21:32 AM

Probably wouldn't display.
March 17, 2009 8:30:29 AM

purplerat said:
The correct resolution is 1280x720, hence why it's a 720p television - not 768. 1280x768 is too high a resolution for a 720p TV. If the TV supports 1080i you may be able to connect to it via component cables and get a higher resolution, but it will probably look like crap due to compression. Your best bet is to use a 22" monitor which will allow for higher resolutions and look a lot better than a 720p HDTV. Looking at your specs you are really wasting a pretty good GPU running it on that TV.


how exactly am i wasting a good GPU? i mean, does that resolution look like crap to you or what?
On the other hand, i get higher FPS with lower resolutions anyway, but not TOO low, like shitty 800x600 territory. It's gonna be a balance of resolution and FPS, and 720p still looks pretty detailed to me. What can you get with 2560x1600 resolutions, anyway, some guy's head 50 miles away? Not worth the drastic drop in FPS for me.
March 17, 2009 3:02:24 PM

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how exactly am i wasting a good GPU? i mean, does that resolution look like crap to you or what?
On the other hand, i get higher FPS with lower resolutions anyway, but not TOO low, like shitty 800x600 territory. It's gonna be a balance of resolution and FPS, and 720p still looks pretty detailed to me. What can you get with 2560x1600 resolutions, anyway, some guy's head 50 miles away? Not worth the drastic drop in FPS for me.


At lower resolutions higher end cards like a GTX 260 barely outperform cards which cost significantly less, thus you are wasting a good GPU because you are not gaining anything over using a card that cost 1/2 as much. Looking at current 260 prices I see they've come down a bit so I'm not sure what you paid. But if you paid the $200+ that they were at for a while you could have bought a 9800GT AND a 20" LCD for the same price as the 260 and gotten better quality and probably the same performance.
March 17, 2009 5:37:30 PM

hmm, i see... i paid $190 for that card, like i said before, which is almost the same price as some of the Black Edition 9800GTX+s, so, why not? it's a futureproofing thing.
March 17, 2009 5:59:33 PM

futureproofing is a myth in the PC gaming industry. The closest you can do to future-proofing is to safe money where you can. But at $190 it's not really a bad buy, although you would probably get the same performance at those resolutions out of a $90 card.
March 17, 2009 8:04:12 PM

It was a good buy.

Better to buy better componants over a longer period of time then weaker ones all at once.

Even at those resolutions a GTX260 216 will be quite a way above a 9800GT especially with antialiasing and will overclock better too.
March 28, 2009 5:01:22 AM

wait a minute... It's not Farcry 2 only, Left 4 Dead gets the same problem too...

it seems that they automatically launch at resolutions that my LCD TV won't support, hence the black screen.

Solution? run them in windowed 800x600, and set your settings from there. At last, i can play L4D, but i have to download Farcry 2 again, since i thought it was broken to begin with.
March 28, 2009 12:55:17 PM

I recently went through a similar situation. I purchased a 32" AOC 720p HDTV to use as a computer monitor. And yes, I am and was well aware that it is a much lower resolution than a good monitor. However, this TV is not only used for gaming, but also for watching downloaded movies. I couldn't turn the thing down for $400. The price of an actual monitor of the same size would be astronomical.

Anyway, I have found that the type of connection you are using plays a very important role. I started out using HDMI, so I had to set everything to 1280 x 720. Later I switched to VGA and guess what, I got "unsupported video signal" with every single game that I had set to 1280 x 720. So I had to hook up to an old monitor and set all my games to 1024 x 768 then hook back up to the TV. It turns out that the native resolution for the TV is, in fact, 1360 x 768. So that is the resolution I had to use. I have since went back to HDMI and had to switch everything back to 720p.

So to sum it up, it all greatly depends on your connection type. VGA will only do certain resolutions and HDMI will only do certain resolutions. And to answer another question you had, yes you can do 1920 x 1080 on your HDTV if you are using HDMI. However, it will be downconverted to 720p. Its the exact same principle as if you were watching a blu-ray on a 720p TV - though you are sending out a 1080p resolution, 720p is what will actually be displayed. And the same goes for any other resolution over 1280 x 720. Even the native resolution of 1360 x 768 will be downconverted due to the HDMI cable's standards. So your best bet if your using HDMI is to set your games to 1280 x 720 so as to not waste processing power and then crank the AA up in lieu of higher resolution.
March 28, 2009 8:34:57 PM

i know you need a proper monitor, but, for now, the 1360x768 LCD TV is pretty good for what it is.

If there is any game that black screens on me, simply run it in windowed mode and set the correct resolution from there.
March 30, 2009 5:16:35 AM

wait a minute again...

Left 4 dead is fine with the "windowed" solution, but Farcry 2 won't budge...

is there a way to set "windowed" somewhere in the config files?
March 30, 2009 6:37:08 AM

Finally, i can play Farcry 2! it's all in that stupid Gamer Profile config file...

thou i have to admit i am kinda underwhelmed, especially after playing Crysis Warhead...
March 30, 2009 8:25:32 AM

Good to hear.

But yeah, the game does suck.
March 30, 2009 8:28:17 AM

yea, that's the first thing i felt about that game. Just the overall atmosphere of the game just turns you off. I thought it was cool to run around as an old fart with malaria, but, come on... i dunno if i'll ever beat it.
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