November 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm #159517SamuelMember
For software that doesn’t support 1024×600 natively, is there a utility out there that would support providing an 800×600 ‘pillarboxed’ screen (black lines down side) for games that will play on that resolution, which is pretty common?
Or how about offering 640×480 and scaling it up to 800×600 pillarboxed to make the most of the screen height?
I’m thinking in terms of running a lot of older-era games (typically DOS) which might be restricted to 640×480 and sometimes offer 800×600 although would be relevant to Windows too as sometimes only a subset of resolutions are supported.November 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm #171108hefMember
often there are ini files within the game program folder that you can edit to allow a custom resolution.
this may not apply to all games though…November 24, 2008 at 5:22 pm #171115SamuelMember
I’m thinking more about a utility that would report an 800×600 mode to any software that is looking for available screen modes, which results in the graphics being mapped into the middle of the 1024×600 screen.
LIkewise, a 640×480 mode which would be upscaled into an 800×600 mode, to get the most out of the screen height.
It’d be great to play some of those older classics written in the days when 640×480 was standard res and 800×600 was high res … and the Samsung would definitely have the horsepower to handle the game and the scaling IMO.
This sort of thing must have been done already surely, to get the most out of laptop screens?November 24, 2008 at 8:10 pm #171111November 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm #171109hefMember
that’s a pretty useful little app there.November 24, 2008 at 8:27 pm #171112ploppoMember
Also, remember that you can Right-Click an exe file (ie the game exe) and then play with the Compatibility settings – ie force 640 x 480 resolution – run in 256 colours – run emulation for various versions of Windows (ie backgrade XP to Win95 etc)November 24, 2008 at 8:33 pm #171107dougpMember
Samuel, you can also force the Intel drivers to maintain aspect ratio so 800×600 would set the bars up, or do a “centered” version where it would put the game centered on the screen.November 24, 2008 at 11:12 pm #171113quarrymanMember
How do you do that?
A resolution app would be good as the games I’ve used that don’t support the 1024×600 end up getting stretched so some of the quality is lost.November 25, 2008 at 9:15 pm #171114quarrymanMember
Found the solution.
Right click desktop and click “Graphics Properties” and then select the “Display Settings” tab. Change the resolution to 800×600 then aspect ratio and change it to Maintain Aspect Ratio.
Then run your game. Black borders either side!November 26, 2008 at 12:46 am #171110December 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm #171116
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