I'm not getting any resolution options in any games - PLEASE HELP!!

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Sincere1984

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Good afternoon people,

I really hope someone can help me out on this. I've recently upgraded from Windows XP to Vista, woohooo, or so i thought. Since the upgrade none of the games i install and play will let me choose a screen resolution. I can change the desktop resolution, no problem, however games won't even list resolutions or refresh rates. I can still play the games, and i gather i'm playing them at the same resolution as the desktop. This wouldn't be such a problem if i wasn't using a normal CRT TV as a monitor. Because i'm using this TV i can only make out text if games are set to a lower resolution.:mad:

I hope i'm making sense so far!!

Before Vista, XP would work fine with games. My PC spec is:

Pentium 4 HT 3.2Ghz
2GB RAM
ATi Radeon X1950XT 512MB
250GB SATA, 160GB IDE + 500GB External USB
Sound Blaster X-Fi
Oh and that daft TV (I know i should invest in a nice HD LCD TV, i will soon enough)

I've tried a number of things, uninstalled and re-install my GFX card, downloaded the latest Vista updates including SP1, updated Catalyst but nothing changes. I'm guessing it could have something to do with Vista not detecting the TV as a mointor or something but there's no way to find out as i don't have a spare monitor to check it out on, not one with a DVI port on it anyway.

Like i said this is happening in all games i play. Computer will play them but no resolution or refresh rate options. If it was just one game i'd probably just amend config settings for that game but as it's all of them......

I'd appreciate all the help I can get, and give thanks in advance!!:D
 

Tanis

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This sounds so familiar its scarey, almost like I heard exactly the same problem last night! Would it be a 26" tele by any chance ?

Unfortunately Im not sure what the answer is apart from it sounds like an issue with Vista and/or the games recognising the TV, or even a combination of all the above.

Have you got a DVI-VGA adaptor or know anyone that has got one as you said you dont have a DVI monitor to test on?
 

Sincere1984

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Thank you for your quick reply Tanis!!

It's a 28" widescreen peice of poo!! (Well compared to todays standards)

Unfortunately I don't have an adapter nor do i know anyone who has!!
If it is something to do with Vista not recognising the TV maybe it's something MS will rectify in my lifetime, maybe they won't....... who knows!

Ideally i should try to get hold of a monitor with a DVI port to test it on.

Thanks again for your help Tanis!
 

Tanis

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Sorry I couldn't be more help, perhaps someone more knowledgable (which isn't really that hard haha) will be able to give you more info.

The reason I asked was because a guild mate on WoW was asking the same questions when I was ingame last night :)
 
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