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9600GT can't do 1280x800 in WinXP

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March 11, 2008 2:17:16 PM

Hi,

before I upgrade to this card I could use every 16:10 resolutions in games (my monitor supports up to 1440x900), which means I could use 1280x800, 1360x850 and 1440x900 using my HD2600XT card. Now I got a brand new XFX 9600GT that doesn't support any of those 16:10 res except for the 1440x900. It's no problem if I'm playing a not so demanding game I just play at 1440x900 everything maxed but if I'm to play a very demanding game like crysis it's a bit much to handle for that card so I would be using 1280x800 instead which is not possible. The problem is that it's a "everything or nothing" scenario. If it's slow at 1440x900 I have to play at the next resolution I have access to which is 1152x864 :heink:  hence is not 16:10 and is streched and ugly. I tried the Custom Resolution in Nvidia control panel but it says "custom resolution failed" which I know it worked with my HD2600XT... help

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March 11, 2008 3:00:01 PM

What driver do you have installed?

It's probably a driver problem, because 9600gt should support this resolution!
March 11, 2008 3:54:09 PM

If your having that problem try the beta drivers if you are using beta drivers then use regular drivers. Beta drivers are the only ones that really work for me and let me do what you want. cept I have a 7950GT
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March 11, 2008 5:37:50 PM

Awww dude, I would never change resolutions, just settings. My max is 1440x900 rez and even on low settings, for a game like Crysis, it looks a hundred times better than any lower rez on higher settings. It looks all blurry and fooshtickled in comparision.
March 11, 2008 5:52:38 PM

Add custom resolutions. I had to when I got a 16:10 monitor. Getting the proper "monitor driver" helped by adding some of them, but not all of them. There isn't anything wrong with the card. BTW your subject line makes it sound like you are having performance issues at 1280x800 and up. Saying that you can't run 16:10 would have been more accurate.

-mcg
March 11, 2008 6:00:05 PM

go to monitor settings and uninstall the drivers of your monitor. And you should be able to run games at 1280x800
March 11, 2008 6:53:11 PM

just made a post about some issues i had with 8800gt in xp and vista.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

Still want to get answers but I am going to try using some other monitors and see if I get the same results my parents have a 20 hp so I'll try that when I can(it will be a month though). If you can get custom resolutions to work and if you could post your monitor I would appreciate the information.
As you can probably tell I do think it is a driver issue with your monitor but if your like me I couldn't find an update drive for my montior. Uninstalling my monitor driver didn't work but I'll try it again. Please post a solution if you find it. Thanks
March 11, 2008 7:42:49 PM

For information I am using the Forceware 174.xx that came on the cd-rom but I heard it's a modified version from the original drivers but I'm not too aware of this. Also the correct driver for my dell monitor was installed already before changing card and I know it supports 1440x900@75hz (though I know the REAL max refresh is 60hz anyways).

momentkiller said:
go to monitor settings and uninstall the drivers of your monitor. And you should be able to run games at 1280x800


I will try that too.

MrCommunistGen said:
Add custom resolutions. I had to when I got a 16:10 monitor. Getting the proper "monitor driver" helped by adding some of them, but not all of them.


I also tried to use the custom resolution in the "nvidia control panel" but it just failed. Anything won't work even though it recognizes my monitor very well except for the resolutions and refresh rates.

MrCommunistGen said:
BTW your subject line makes it sound like you are having performance issues at 1280x800 and up. Saying that you can't run 16:10 would have been more accurate.


I can run 1440x900 which is 16:10 but what I meant is more like I'm missing some resolutions that I had before with my HD2600XT.

SpinachEater said:
Awww dude, I would never change resolutions, just settings. My max is 1440x900 rez and even on low settings, for a game like Crysis, it looks a hundred times better than any lower rez on higher settings. It looks all blurry and fooshtickled in comparision.


Your right that's why I enable the option to make black bars on the side so it doesn't stretch the image at all. That way the card take a lesser performance hit while the image looks perfect.

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radguy said:
just made a post about some issues i had with 8800gt in xp and vista.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

Still want to get answers but I am going to try using some other monitors and see if I get the same results my parents have a 20 hp so I'll try that when I can(it will be a month though). If you can get custom resolutions to work and if you could post your monitor I would appreciate the information.
As you can probably tell I do think it is a driver issue with your monitor but if your like me I couldn't find an update drive for my montior. Uninstalling my monitor driver didn't work but I'll try it again. Please post a solution if you find it. Thanks


My problem is the same: the only 16:10 rez I have is the native rez which for me is 1440x900 the others in xp dosn't exists.

I heard that Vista doesn't have that problem. I think I'm gonna go to the store in 1 month or two to get vista just for that. Meanwhile I'll try some more fix and next time I'll post my monitor model so you all know.

thx for the fast replies guys
March 11, 2008 8:10:07 PM

Adding custom resolutions WILL work, but its a bit tricky. You need to go into the advanced settings for it and play around with all the options. Its a bit frustrating but will work. From my experience, just typing in what resolution you want will ALWAYS fail. I had the same problem (resolutions not showing up and not being able to simply add them) in XP and Vista.

-mcg
March 11, 2008 9:02:05 PM

Do you have any more advice about the custom resolutions cause I played around for a good while and never got anywhere. I tried a couple things off of nvidia's site but it didn't help.

Also I think the driver issue for my video card and monitor was fixed in vista but someone else I talked to theirs wasn't.

March 11, 2008 9:16:09 PM

I removed my monitor driver and used the plug and play monitor driver and no luck. My monitor is a Dell SE198WFP. Then I did succeed while playing with the custom resolutions in the advanced tab. Now I have access to 1280x800x60hz. Thx guys.

MrCommunistGen said:
Adding custom resolutions WILL work, but its a bit tricky. You need to go into the advanced settings for it and play around with all the options. Its a bit frustrating but will work. From my experience, just typing in what resolution you want will ALWAYS fail...


Your right it worked only after some timings input in the advanced tab

radguy said:
Do you have any more advice about the custom resolutions cause I played around for a good while and never got anywhere. I tried a couple things off of nvidia's site but it didn't help...


You have to open the Nvidia Control Panel. There is a Custom Resolution tab. Open it then you can work your resolutions there.

Again thanks to all those who helped.
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