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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.
- Correct compatibility limitations of graphics and display hardware.
- 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 that provides 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)
- Color depth (16-bit or 32-bit)
Do I have the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature enabled on my computer?
Check if Custom Resolutions/Modes Feature is enabled:
- Verify you have the latest Intel® Graphics Driver.
Note Custom Resolutions/Modes isn't in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel. You must create a mode.
- After verifying, check the Intel® Graphics Driver properties window to see if the feature is available.
To open the Intel graphics properties, simultaneously press Ctrl, Alt, and F12 or right-click the Windows* desktop. Select Graphics Properties.
- If prompted to select an application mode, select Advanced Mode.
- 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 feature on your computer.
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:
- Navigate to the following directory: C:\Windows\System32
- Look for the Intel application named CustomModeApp.exe
- Open the .exe to see an updated Custom Resolutions/Modes menu similar to 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 you can add support for the Custom Modes/Resolutions feature. Computer manufacturers may not support use.
Using the Custom Resolutions/Modes feature requires knowledge of the supported timing standards and parameters of your monitor. 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
- Reduce computer performance
- Cause extra heat or other damage
- Affect system data integrity
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?
Depending on the timing information of your monitor, use one of the two tabs to add a custom mode:
- Basic Setup/Settings tab: 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 can't use this tab with standard or high-definition television.
- Advanced Setup/Settings tab: Add modes or timings based on the detailed timing information of the display device. You can't use this tab with standard or high-definition television or a built-in display for a laptop.
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)
|Note||Not all computer manufacturers have the Custom Modes/Resolution feature enabled for Intel® Graphics Drivers. Older generic Intel Graphics Drivers don't enable the feature.|
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|Supported Display Modes and Resolutions|
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