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Custom Resolutions & Modes

What is the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature?
Do I have the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature enabled on my computer?
How do I access the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel?
How do I enable the Resolutions/Modes feature?
What are the differences between the two setup tabs?
Related Topics

What is the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature?
Custom Resolutions/Modes allow an end-user to add custom modes for display devices attached to the computer. It can be used to correct compatibility limitations of graphics/display hardware, or simply 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. This data includes the active pixel resolution (width and height such as 1024x768), corresponding refresh rate (such as 60Hz), and color depth (such as 16-bit or 32-bit).

Note Not all computers manufacturers have the Custom Modes/Resolution feature enabled in the Intel graphics driver. Older Intel generic graphics drivers do not enable this feature.

Do I have the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature enabled on my computer?
To check if this feature is enabled, follow these steps:

  1. Verify you have the latest Intel® Graphics Driver.
    Note If you are using the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel - you will not see Custom Resolutions/Modes in the control panel. You will need to follow these steps below in order to create a new mode.
  2. If you have verified that you are using a newer driver version, check the Intel graphics driver properties window to see if the feature is available. Open the Intel graphics properties by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+F12, or Right-Clicking the Windows* desktop and selecting 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 do not have a Custom Resolutions/Modes button, the Custom Resolutions/Modes Additional feature is not enabled on your computer.


Figure 1A: Custom Resolutions Buttons


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 has been removed from the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel. However, it is still an existing feature included with the driver. In order to access it, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the following directory; C:\Windows\System32.
  2. Look for the Intel application named CustomModeApp.exe.
  3. Open that .exe and you will be presented with an updated Custom Resolutions/Modes menu similar to that of older control panels.


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 support of the Custom Modes/Resolutions feature can be added. A computer manufacturer may not support the use of this feature.

Use of the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature requires knowledge of your monitor’s supported timing standards and detailed timing parameters. This information must come from your monitor manufacturer.

The appropriate timing standards or parameters must be used 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, cause reductions in computer performance, cause additional heat or other damage, and affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the chipset beyond its specifications. To use the Custom Modes/Resolutions feature, the end-user must read and click Yes to a disclaimer warning message.


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


Figure 3B: Disclaimer Warning Message in Intel® Graphics and Media 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 the amount of information you have regarding 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. This tab cannot be used with standard or high definition television.
  • Advanced Setup/Settings tab: Allows modes or timings addition based on the display device’s detailed timing information. This tab cannot be used with standard or high definition television or a notebook’s built-in display.


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


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


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


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


Figure 6A: Example of the Basic Setup tab using an analog monitor with EDID (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)


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

Related topics
How to Open the Intel® Graphics Properties Window
Supported display modes and resolutions
Display Resolutions FAQ

This applies to:

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 3000/2000
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 2500
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4000
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4200
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4400
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4600
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 5000
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
Intel® 82946GZ Graphics Controller
Intel® 82G965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82Q963 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82Q965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® Celeron® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® G31 Express Chipset
Intel® G33 Express Chipset
Intel® G35 Express Chipset
Intel® G41 Express Chipset
Intel® Pentium® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Q33 Express Chipset
Intel® Q35 Express Chipset
Intel® Q43 Express Chipset
Intel® Q45 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 965 Express Chipset Family

Solution ID: CS-029478
Last Modified: 31-Jan-2014
Date Created: 07-Jul-2008