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Custom Resolutions and Modes for Intel® Graphics Drivers


Last Reviewed: 28-Dec-2016
Article ID: 000005540

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What is the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature?

The Custom Resolutions/Modes feature allows you to add custom modes for display devices attached to your computer. Use it to correct compatibility limitations of graphics/display hardware, or to set a custom mode for better operation of software that requires a specific mode not enabled on the display by default.

A display mode is a set of data for providing a viewable image on a display. Data includes the active pixel resolution (width and height, such as 1024x768), corresponding refresh rate (such as 60 Hz), and color depth (16-bit or 32-bit).

Note Not all computer manufacturers have the Custom Modes/Resolution feature enabled for Intel® Graphics Drivers. Older Intel® generic graphics drivers don't enable the feature.
Do I have the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature enabled on my computer?

Check if Custom Resolutions/Modes Feature is enabled:

  1. Verify you have the latest Intel® Graphics Driver.
    Note Custom Resolutions/Modes is not in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel. You must create a new mode.
  2. After verifying, check the Intel® Graphics Driver properties window to see if the feature is available.
    To open the Intel graphics properties, press Ctrl Alt F12 or right-click the Windows* desktop and select Graphics Properties.
  3. If prompted to select an application mode, select Advanced Mode.
  4. On the Display Devices tab, check if the Custom Resolutions/Modes button is available.
    If you don't have a Custom Resolutions/Modes button, you haven't enabled the Custom Resolutions/Modes Additional feature on your computer.

Custom Resolutions Buttons
Figure 1A: Custom Resolutions Buttons

 

Custom Modes Button
Figure 1B: Custom Modes Button

How do I access the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel?

The Custom Resolutions/Modes feature was removed from the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel. The driver still includes the feature.

To access Custom Resolutions/Modes feature:

  1. Navigate to the following directory: C:\Windows\System32
  2. Look for the Intel application named CustomModeApp.exe
  3. Open the .exe to see an updated Custom Resolutions/Modes menu similar to older control panels

The CustomModeApp.exe as it appears in Windows\System32
Figure 2: The CustomModeApp.exe as it appears in Windows\System32

How do I enable the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature?

Contact your computer manufacturer to see whether you can add support for the Custom Modes/Resolutions feature. Computer manufacturers may not support usage.

Using the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature requires knowledge of your monitor’s supported timing standards and parameters. See your monitor manufacturer for information.

Use the appropriate timing standards or parameters when adding a custom mode/resolution. Altering modes may reduce system stability and useful life of the system and chipset, cause the chipset and other system components to fail, reductions in computer performance, additional heat or other damage, and affect system data integrity. We haven't tested and do not warranty the operation of the chipset beyond specifications. To use the Custom Modes/Resolutions feature, you must read and click Yes to a disclaimer warning message.

 

Disclaimer Warning Message in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Figure 3A: Disclaimer Warning Message in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

 

Disclaimer Warning Message in Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel
Figure 3B: Disclaimer Warning Message in Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

 

Disclaimer Warning Message in Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel
Figure 3C: Disclaimer Warning Message in Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel

What are the differences between the two setup tabs?

To add a custom mode, use one of the two tabs depending on your monitor’s timing information:

  • Basic Setup/Settings tab: Allows you to add modes or timings based on existing standards like CVT non-RB timing (non-reduced blanking) for monitors and CVT RB timing for digital displays. You cannot use this tab with standard or high-definition television.
  • Advanced Setup/Settings tab: Allows modes or timings addition based on the display device’s detailed timing information. You cannot use this tab with standard or high-definition television or a laptop’s built-in display.

Example of the Basic Settings in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Figure 4A: Example of the Basic Settings in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

 

Example of the Advanced Settings in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Figure 4B: Example of the Advanced Settings in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

 

Example of the Basic Settings in the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel
Figure 5A: Example of the Basic Settings in the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

 

Example of the Advanced Settings in the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel
Figure 5B: Example of the Advanced Settings in the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

 

Example of the Basic Setup tab using an analog monitor with EDID (via Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel)
Figure 6A: Example of the Basic Setup tab using an analog monitor with EDID (via Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel)

 

Example of the Basic Setup tab using the laptop’s built-in display (via Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel)
Figure 6B: Example of the Basic Setup tab using the laptop’s built-in display (via Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel)

 

Example of the Advanced Setup tab using an analog monitor with EDID (via Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel)
Figure 6C: Example of the Advanced Setup tab using an analog monitor with EDID (via Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Control Panel)

 
Related topics
Enable Panel Fitting for Graphics Drivers
Supported display modes and resolutions
Display resolutions FAQ

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