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July 26, 2012 3:46:41 PM

Hello,
I've got a resolution issue with skyrim i can't find a related forum anywhere. Before skyrim, i was able to play oblivion, f:3, f:nv at 1024x640 res without any problems. However, when i set my res to 1024x640 in the skyrim launcher and try to launch the game, it gives the error,'failed to initialize renderer. Your display doesn't support the selected resolution. Please choose a different resolution'. I can still play at that res for previously mentioned 3 games, why not for skyrim ?
July 26, 2012 6:06:28 PM

Hi :) 

Specs ??

All the best Brett :) 
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July 26, 2012 8:45:21 PM

Maybe your PC's GPU does not support the game. You should give us your PC spec so that we can help you.
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July 26, 2012 10:43:00 PM

Specs : i3-350m
ATI Radeon HD5450
4gb ddr3 ram
I know my graphics card is the bottleneck here, but if i could run fallout 3, fallout new vegas and oblivion at 1024x640, why not skyrim ? It's not like the game lags or anything..I just get a message saying that the res is not supported..How come it was supported for the other 3 games then ?? :( 
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July 27, 2012 2:30:16 AM

its an unsupported rez for the game... theres nothing you can do about it. other than ask the nexus community for a patch... you may get lucky but i doubt theres much of a demand for such an odd rez.
1024/768 is the normal 5/4 rez and your monitor is more likely to like that as its a standard rez. that nearly all can handle.
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July 27, 2012 8:58:10 AM

Try 800x600 or 1240x768 available in windowed mode.
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July 27, 2012 11:44:37 AM

HEXiT said:
its an unsupported rez for the game... theres nothing you can do about it. other than ask the nexus community for a patch... you may get lucky but i doubt theres much of a demand for such an odd rez.
1024/768 is the normal 5/4 rez and your monitor is more likely to like that as its a standard rez. that nearly all can handle.

I don't get it..if it doesn't support the res, why is the option present in the game launcher ?
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July 27, 2012 11:59:16 AM

The GPU does not support that res for rendering, not the game.

If you go to CCC and find out the list of supported res of the GPU and it match the ones that Skyrim allow you to use, then you won't get the render failure message.
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July 27, 2012 1:40:14 PM

Pyree said:
The GPU does not support that res for rendering, not the game.

If you go to CCC and find out the list of supported res of the GPU and it match the ones that Skyrim allow you to use, then you won't get the render failure message.

But I have played fallout 3 and new vegas at that res on this very GPU !
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July 27, 2012 2:24:09 PM

Check SkyrimPrefs.ini that bFull Screen=0 and make it read only
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July 30, 2012 7:14:02 AM

Pyree said:
Check SkyrimPrefs.ini that bFull Screen=0 and make it read only

Wouldn't that just make it windowed ?
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July 30, 2012 7:38:07 AM

Yes.
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July 30, 2012 12:30:38 PM

I don't if it's been said clearly yet, but a 1024x640 resolution is not a standard resolution for any monitor,gpu or game.
Back before widescreen monitors and TV's were sold, most games would only allow you to choose the standard 5:4 aspect ratio resolutions. Those were: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768.
As widescreen monitors and TV's became popular, OS's, GPU hardware, drivers and games got better at supporting non-standard and 16:9 aspect ratio resolutions like 720x480 (480i/p), 1280x720 (720i/p) and 1920x1080 (1080i/p).
The reason I typed all of that crap above was to give you an idea of how many resolutions gpu's support now. Just because Oblivion and Fallout run at the non-standard resolution you chose doesn't mean any other game will.
If I were you, I would change Skyrim's resolution to one that fits the aspect ratio of your monitor. If you have an old-school PC monitor, it would be a 5:4 resolution, and I would set Skrim to 1024x768.
If you have a widescreen monitor or TV, which has a 16:9 aspect ratio, I would set Skyrim's resolution to 1280x720. If that runs too slow, set it to 720x480.
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July 31, 2012 7:04:21 AM

Best answer selected by Nomad0078.
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July 31, 2012 7:04:35 AM

Thanks for all the responses everyone ! Appreciate it.
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