Help needed to get 1920x1080 resolution on an Intel 915gm graphics card

Help needed to get 1920x1080 resolution on an Intel 915gm graphics card

I have a Dell laptop with an Intel 915gm chipset graphics card which I'm trying to use with a Dell S2409W 24'' monitor. This monitor has an optimum resolution of 1920x1080, but I'm not able to select this in Display Settings or by using Powerstrip. I've been reading the advice in these forums for hours, but so far have had no luck getting it to work. If anyone has some advice about this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

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Quoting - stemzungu

I have a Dell laptop with an Intel 915gm chipset graphics card which I'm trying to use with a Dell S2409W 24'' monitor. This monitor has an optimum resolution of 1920x1080, but I'm not able to select this in Display Settings or by using Powerstrip. I've been reading the advice in these forums for hours, but so far have had no luck getting it to work. If anyone has some advice about this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

Hi I have got a exceally same problem with you, I got a Dell S2409W, with 965gm. No matter wht i do (Powerstrip, DTDcalculator, hack the driver...) I could get my monitor work in 1920x1080. have you find a solution yet?

Quoting - xo...

Still no solution! I know it's possible to get 1920x1080 but it's quite infuriating!

xo's problem may be different from yours: his appears to be BIOS-related.

Can you post your EDID, and state what you've tried?

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

xo's problem may be different from yours: his appears to be BIOS-related.

Can you post your EDID, and state what you've tried?

Aaron,

Thanks for the reply. My EDID is:
Raw data................. 00FFFFFFFFFFFF0010AC37A0554752301A1201030E351E78EEEE91A3544C9926
......................... 0F5054A54B00714F8180D1C001010101010101010101023A801871382D40582C
......................... 4500132A2100001E000000FF00593138334438364D305247550A000000FC0044
......................... 454C4C205332343039570A20000000FD00324C1E5311000A20202020202000ED

I have been unable to locate my actual driver, as I'm running a Dell Inspiron 6000 with 915gm chipset. The display drivers for this laptop are specialized- I have to download them from the Dell site instead of Intel. Here's what they say:

Title : Video:Intel Graphics Video Driver
Version : A08
OEM Name : Intel
OEM Ver : 6.14.10.4609

Apparently the .inf driver for Dell 915gm is named something different than on other systems with the same chipset-- so for that reason I haven't been successful editing the .inf. I have tried editing the registry, installing 945 drivers, and using custom resolution tools such as power strip. None of these have worked.

Your help is much appreciated!

Stephen

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is the DTD you would want to use. It's possible that Dell never upgraded their 915G drivers to the set that has custom DTD input available. In fact, I'm nearly positive that 14.25 is the first driver which contains the DTD capability. The latest one from the Intel site for 915G is 14.25.50, and I'd try to get that one installed if possible. There are tricks you can do to get the driver to install despite the fact that it's not from Dell... this Forum has had posts which describe the method, though I'll admit I can't find it right now.

It's also possible Dell disabled 1920x1080 in your BIOS, in which case you'd want to try 1918x1080

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Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

There are tricks you can do to get the driver to install despite the fact that it's not from Dell... this Forum has had posts which describe the method, though I'll admit I can't find it right now.

. Download the .zip version of the driver:

http://downloadmirror.intel.com/12531/a08/win2k_xp142550.zip

. open readme.txt

. section MANUAL "HAVE_DISK" INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

. subsection Microsoft Windows XP Installation Instructions for Intel Express Chipset Graphics Driver

. perform step 1. - 12. exactly as desribed with no deviation and shortcut

. will install despite the fact that you have a Dell notebook

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

02 3A 80 18 71 38 2D 40 58 2C 45 00 13 2A 21 00 00 1E

is the DTD you would want to use. It's possible that Dell never upgraded their 915G drivers to the set that has custom DTD input available. In fact, I'm nearly positive that 14.25 is the first driver which contains the DTD capability. The latest one from the Intel site for 915G is 14.25.50, and I'd try to get that one installed if possible. There are tricks you can do to get the driver to install despite the fact that it's not from Dell... this Forum has had posts which describe the method, though I'll admit I can't find it right now.

It's also possible Dell disabled 1920x1080 in your BIOS, in which case you'd want to try 1918x1080

02 3A7E1A 71 38 2D 40 58 2C 45 00 13 2A 21 00 00 1E

I have made considerable progress!

I was able to install Intel's drivers manually, which updated me to version 6.14.10.4764. I was able to input extra DTD's by editing igxp32.inf, but when I try to switch to 1920x1080 the screen is very unstable- the image is displayed, but flickers and dances around rapidly. This is what my igxp32.inf looks like:

[NonEDIDMode_AddSwSettings]
HKR,, TotalDTDCount, %REG_DWORD%, 5 ; This shows number of DTDs to be used. ; 0-->Disable the feature.
;Following keys have 20 bytes (18 byte DTD + 2 Byte flags).
HKR,, DTD_1,%REG_BINARY%, 01,1D,80,18,71,1C,16,20,58,2C,1A,00,00,00,00,00,00,86,37,01 ;1920x1080@60...Interlaced
HKR,, DTD_2, %REG_BINARY%, 01,1D,80,D0,72,1C,16,20,10,2C,1A,80,00,00,00,00,00,86,37, 01 ;1920x1080@50...Interlaced
HKR,, DTD_3,%REG_BINARY%, 01,1D,00,BC,52,D0,1E,20,B8,28,25,40,00,00,00,00,00,04,37, 01 ;1280x720@50....Non-interlaced
HKR,, DTD_4, %REG_BINARY%, 01,1D,00,72,51,D0,1E,20,6E,28,25,00,00,00,00,00,00,06,37,01 ;1280x720@60....Non-interlaced
HKR,, DTD_5,%REG_BINARY%, 02,3A,80,18,71,38,2D,40,58,2C,45,00,13,2A,21,00,00,1E ;Fifth DTD

I changed %REG_DWORD%, 0 to 5. and on the fifth custom resolution I added 02,3A,80,18,71,38,2D,40,58,2C,45,00,13,2A,21,00,00,1E, the DTD you gave me for 1920x1080. I did find it odd that the first DTD listed in the inf was already set to 1920x1080@60 (exactly what I need), but they used 01,1D,80,18,71,1C,16,20,58,2C,1A,00,00,00,00,00,00,86,37,01 instead of the one you gave me.

What do you think could be the problem?

Thanks very much,

Stephen

The one you added is being ignored because it doesn't have the ",37,01" at the end. So it must be using the default one, which is apparently sub-optimal for your machine. I'd overwrite DTD_1with the one you currently have in DTD_5-- having two 1080 resolutions is just going to generate confusion-- which is being used? Better to have only one, and to have it be the one you know is right.

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

The one you added is being ignored because it doesn't have the ",37,01" at the end. So it must be using the default one, which is apparently sub-optimal for your machine. I'd overwrite DTD_1with the one you currently have in DTD_5-- having two 1080 resolutions is just going to generate confusion-- which is being used? Better to have only one, and to have it be the one you know is right.

Ok, I tried using the DTDs for 1920x1080, 1918x1080, and 1922x1080. All but 1920x1080 worked.

It's odd that I couldn't get 1920x1080 using this DTD: 02 3A 80 18 71 38 2D 40 58 2C 45 00 13 2A 21 00 00 1E

But I could it with a shaky picture using this one: 01,1D,80,18,71,1C,16,20,58,2C,1A,00,00,00,00,00,00,86

Would this indicate that 1920x1080 is disabled in my bios?

Yep, disabled in the BIOS. The reason you could get the "shaky" picture with the other one is because it is for 1080i, not 1080p. In the BIOS, apparently only 1080p is disabled.

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

Yep, disabled in the BIOS. The reason you could get the "shaky" picture with the other one is because it is for 1080i, not 1080p. In the BIOS, apparently only 1080p is disabled.

Is there any chance of altering the BIOS or am I stuck with this? Well even so, at this point my eyes can't detect any scaling on 1922x1080 anyway.

The VideoBIOS could be hacked, but I don't recommend it. You could email Dell and ask them to stop forbidding the resolution in their VBIOS, but I doubt you'll have a lot of success.

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

The VideoBIOS could be hacked, but I don't recommend it. You could email Dell and ask them to stop forbidding the resolution in their VBIOS, but I doubt you'll have a lot of success.

One more thing: Is it possible to get 1922x1082 in order to maintain 16:9 aspect ratio?

Thanks- I'm so glad to finally have my resolution almost perfect.

It is possible, but you're probably better off with 1922x1080. The two-pixel horizontal stretch will likely be imperceptible to you, but even if it's not, you'll compound the artifacts by scaling in the vertical direction, too.

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

It is possible, but you're probably better off with 1922x1080. The two-pixel horizontal stretch will likely be imperceptible to you, but even if it's not, you'll compound the artifacts by scaling in the vertical direction, too.

I have similar problems. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop with an Intel 915gm, and I am trying to run a Viewsonic 24" monitor. The optimal resolution on the monitor is 1920x1080p, but the 915gm driver does not show that as an option. I have updated the driver from Intel Downloadcenter (win2k_xp142550.exe).
Two problems:
One problem is that even after updating, the device manager shows that I have the older version of the driver.
Second problem is that I still can't set the monitor to its optimal resoution - 1920x1080.

Can you please suggest a solution. Thanks.

Quoting - skywalker975

I have similar problems. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop with an Intel 915gm, and I am trying to run a Viewsonic 24" monitor. The optimal resolution on the monitor is 1920x1080p, but the 915gm driver does not show that as an option. I have updated the driver from Intel Downloadcenter (win2k_xp142550.exe).
Two problems:
One problem is that even after updating, the device manager shows that I have the older version of the driver.
Second problem is that I still can't set the monitor to its optimal resoution - 1920x1080.

Can you please suggest a solution. Thanks.

What driver does it tell you is active?

Have you tried 1922x1080? As above, some BIOSes, especially on laptops, will refuse to allow 1920x1080.

Quoting - stemzungu

Ok, I tried using the DTDs for 1920x1080, 1918x1080, and 1922x1080. All but 1920x1080 worked.

It's odd that I couldn't get 1920x1080 using this DTD: 02 3A 80 18 71 38 2D 40 58 2C 45 00 13 2A 21 00 00 1E

But I could it with a shaky picture using this one: 01,1D,80,18,71,1C,16,20,58,2C,1A,00,00,00,00,00,00,86

Would this indicate that 1920x1080 is disabled in my bios?

I'm following your steps to fix my same problem. What DTD codes did you use for 1922x1080? Is the 1922x1080 better than 1918x1080? Thanks.

Quoting - Aaron Brezenski (Intel)

02 3A 80 18 71 38 2D 40 58 2C 45 00 13 2A 21 00 00 1E

is the DTD you would want to use. It's possible that Dell never upgraded their 915G drivers to the set that has custom DTD input available. In fact, I'm nearly positive that 14.25 is the first driver which contains the DTD capability. The latest one from the Intel site for 915G is 14.25.50, and I'd try to get that one installed if possible. There are tricks you can do to get the driver to install despite the fact that it's not from Dell... this Forum has had posts which describe the method, though I'll admit I can't find it right now.

It's also possible Dell disabled 1920x1080 in your BIOS, in which case you'd want to try 1918x1080

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Hello Aaron

Can you please help ?

I have a Toshiba Portege R200 with the above graphics card and have followed much of your advice on this forum to update the driver to the Intel latest version, next I need to edit the .inf file to add the resolution I need, using the 'Monitor Asset Manager' I have got the following Raw Data for the Dell Monitor I have (2407WFPHC)

Raw data
00,FF,FF,FF,FF,FF,FF,00,10,AC,25,A0,53,36,32,31,17,11,01,03,0E,34,21,78,EE,9B,B5,A9,54,34,AE,25,
13,50,54,A5,4B,00,81,80,A9,40,71,4F,B3,00,01,01,01,01,01,01,01,01,28,3C,80,A0,70,B0,23,40,30,20,
36,00,07,44,21,00,00,1A,00,00,00,FF,00,55,4E,33,33,31,37,36,34,31,32,36,53,20,00,00,00,FC,00,44,
45,4C,4C,32,34,30,37,57,46,50,48,43,00,00,00,FD,00,38,4C,1E,53,11,00,0A,20,20,20,20,20,20,00,1C

I need a slightly different resolution than that described in this forum, is it possible for me to get near 1920x1200 using the fix you are discussing in this forum ?

Could you tell me which data I need to edit in the .inf file to give me a resolution close to 1920x1200 ?

Thank you for your support in advance

ToshibaEng

Quoting - stemzungu

I have a Dell laptop with an Intel 915gm chipset graphics card which I'm trying to use with a Dell S2409W 24'' monitor. This monitor has an optimum resolution of 1920x1080, but I'm not able to select this in Display Settings or by using Powerstrip. I've been reading the advice in these forums for hours, but so far have had no luck getting it to work. If anyone has some advice about this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

LOL silly ducks xD you modified all video driver... Im not some geek, but somehow i know that the poblem is not in video cards driver, but in monitor driver that you guys dont use i see. If you use generick driver, no wonder you cant get max resolution. Here: i took old samsung LCD monitor driver, modified and made to use 1920x1090 resolution. I tested on 915gm and works fine. Monitor driver tell video card what resolution need, not video card driver.

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=b1580f463f7f9eef1f8e0fff488e27e0751d3...

Miror: http://rapidshare.com/files/279959467/Monitor_driver_1920x1080.rar.html

I registed to this site just to answer to you guys, cause i was have same problem, just i fixed in minute.

P.S. exract .rar and run the .exe setup file, pick your video port and use fake monitor name. You can rename name in inf file if wana. then i will install, and then go in desktop poperties and pick max resolution.

I have same problem, and I tried everything suggested, but still nothing. An I found source of the problem but I don't know is it possible to fix it.

[URL=http://img411.imageshack.us/i/problemrs.png/][IMG]http://img411.imagesha...

Right now resolution 1440x900 is OK, but I would really like 1920x1080! Is that possible?

Just to mentionm, laptop is DELL LATITUDE D610, and monitor is BENQ G2220HDA!

Quoting - nekonya

LOL silly ducks xD you modified all video driver... Im not some geek, but somehow i know that the poblem is not in video cards driver, but in monitor driver that you guys dont use i see. If you use generick driver, no wonder you cant get max resolution. Here: i took old samsung LCD monitor driver, modified and made to use 1920x1090 resolution. I tested on 915gm and works fine. Monitor driver tell video card what resolution need, not video card driver.

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=b1580f463f7f9eef1f8e0fff488e27e0751d3...

Miror: http://rapidshare.com/files/279959467/Monitor_driver_1920x1080.rar.html

I registed to this site just to answer to you guys, cause i was have same problem, just i fixed in minute.

P.S. exract .rar and run the .exe setup file, pick your video port and use fake monitor name. You can rename name in inf file if wana. then i will install, and then go in desktop poperties and pick max resolution.

Hello There

Thank you for your post but I was actaully looking fora resolution near 1920 x 1200, also my laptop does not have DVI output, just RGB do you think you can help with this resolution ?

With Best Regards

Quoting - Richard Sleeman

Hello There

Thank you for your post but I was actaully looking fora resolution near 1920 x 1200, also my laptop does not have DVI output, just RGB do you think you can help with this resolution ?

With Best Regards

well i have just VGA out to but its all ok. well if you need 1920 x 1200, then i can try make video driver for your monitor to force 1920 x 1200. if you need any other resolution (as you said close to this one, then post what resolution exacly you like to have). Sorry for slow reply, i will watch this tread now for a while, glad to help :)

Quoting - nekonya
well i have just VGA out to but its all ok. well if you need 1920 x 1200, then i can try make video driver for your monitor to force 1920 x 1200. if you need any other resolution (as you said close to this one, then post what resolution exacly you like to have). Sorry for slow reply, i will watch this tread now for a while, glad to help :)

Hello Nekonya

Thank you for your post, when I say that I need near 1920x1200 I meant that previous posts said that 1920x 1200 could not be achieved, however if you can get 1920x1200 then that would be great. Not sure if you saw my thread before but I have this raw data after using theMonitor Asset tool :-

I have a Toshiba Portege R200 with the above graphics card and have followed much of the advice on this forum to update the driver to the Intel latest version, can you helpedit the .inf file to add the resolution I need, using the 'Monitor Asset Manager' I have got the following Raw Data for the Dell Monitor I have (2407WFPHC)

Raw data
00,FF,FF,FF,FF,FF,FF,00,10,AC,25,A0,53,36,32,31,17,11,01,03,0E,34,21,78,EE,9B,B5,A9,54,34,AE,25,
13,50,54,A5,4B,00,81,80,A9,40,71,4F,B3,00,01,01,01,01,01,01,01,01,28,3C,80,A0,70,B0,23,40,30,20,
36,00,07,44,21,00,00,1A,00,00,00,FF,00,55,4E,33,33,31,37,36,34,31,32,36,53,20,00,00,00,FC,00,44,
45,4C,4C,32,34,30,37,57,46,50,48,43,00,00,00,FD,00,38,4C,1E,53,11,00,0A,20,20,20,20,20,20,00,1C

I need a slightly different resolution than that described in this forum, is it possible for me to get1920x1200 using the fix you are discussing in this forum ?

Could you tell me which data I need to edit in the .inf file to give me a resolution1920x1200 ?

I look forward to your help

With Best Regards

Richard

Hello everyone.

I had the same problem, and was able to solve it using the DTDCalculator tool. Detailed instructions on how to use it are available here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=8560f86dbf02b42d1f0c7cf063b7a3e3&t=947830

The forum also has many answers in case the default settings don't work out for you.
Here are the steps that worked for me (Dell laptop with 915GM embedded graphics card):

0. Backup your Bios. The procedure below worked for me, but better safe than sorry.
1. In Calculation tab, find the dropdown box next to Standard Timings and select the resolution and frequency that your monitor supports (1920x1080p @ 60 Hz worked for me).
2. The boxes on the left should populate with numbers. Under H Active Pixels CHANGE 1920 to 1918. This is because Dell apparently blocks 1920x1080 in video BIOS, so that resolution will not be available no matter what else you do.
3. Go to the Registry Hack tab. Most likely, No of DTDs should show 0. In such a case, click on the More button. A new line will appear with two more buttons. Click on the Get Calculated button that's just appeared. You can do the same thing as long as No of DTDs is less than 5. If No of DTDs is 5, you will have to replace one of the existing lines by pressing Get Calculated. Which line you replace will depend on which custom resolution you no longer need.
4. Click on Write DTDs to Registry. Restart when prompted
5. When the computer restarts, go to Graphics Options in Windows and change resolution to the newly available option.
6. Enjoy!

After a day of looking through various possible solutions, this one worked for me. Hope it helps someone else as well. :)

anyone still need help with this? i would make the driver. i feel bad for forgeting this thing.

Dear Nekonya,

I'm trying to connect LG E2240 to Toshiba Satellite laptop, with no use - my max resolution is 1024 (!) and I need 1920x1080.

So, if you would be so kind to make me the driver, I would really appreciate it! :)

Thank you in advance!

hi' salemb22, I got a toshiba satellite laptop too with the same problem, graphic 915GM and I considering to buy a LG E50 series LED monitor. So may I know is you already solve your problem, if so can you let me know how it works.

thank you.

when u go into the desktop of the OS,u can try to click the desktop by the right-click of the mouse,choose the attribute,then pick the setting,then u can decide the screen resolution.
if there is not any graphics driver installed appropriately,u can make it by autoupdating by the OS or by try some other softwares to install the drivers of OS needed to be installed.

Hi Aaron,

I have two laptops with i915gm and i945gm and apparently both have some video modes disabled, so on both of them I can't select those disabled modes no matter what I do, hacking DTD included, when I run Windows XP. Those one-or-two-pixel-less modes yield moire which is very annoying when working with text.

So then how come I can select any mode on those very same laptops when I run Ubuntu Linux? Does Linux not heed BIOS restrictions? If it is made possible for Intel drivers in Linux, why not do the same in Windows?

By the way, the picture is perfect on both machines, no extra heat or any other malicious effect is perceptible, so it seems to be rather bizarre that these laptops' manufacturers opted to cripple their devices this way.

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