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Topic Subject:Widescreen monitor res issues (Zeus)
andyblast
Pleb
posted 03-07-11 23:20 ET (US)         
I can't get the 1980x1080 res for Zues on Win7

The widescreengaming forums didn't help

(http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8676&p=209500&hilit=zeus#p209500)

Can u suggest any workaround please?

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PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 03-08-11 02:58 ET (US)     1 / 4       
Hi andyblast Long time no see, hoping things are going well.

The problem is that Zeus is made before widescreen monitors were common so it does not support widescreen. The best you can do is changing your graphics driver to a resolution that is close to what Zeus supports (1024*768 or 1280*1024). There might be some other settings in the graphics driver that migth help on the problem but for checking that out I need to know if your graphics card is from Nvidia or Ati/AMD.

I have just got myself a widescreen monitor (1920*1080) and installed Win7 64-bit on my PC that use Nvidia graphics. I also have a notebook that runs Win7 64-bit but use Ati graphics (also 1920*1080). If you tell what graphics card (hopefully not Intel as I don't have that) you use I could try fiddle around with some settings and see if I can find a useful solution.

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andyblast
Pleb
posted 03-08-11 14:50 ET (US)     2 / 4       
Hi PCD,

My Dell desktop runs with GE Force GT 220 (driver 266.58) on a Win 7 OS. Right now I playing new tributaries by nightwolf with ~2 inches on each side of my monitor as black.

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PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 03-08-11 16:13 ET (US)     3 / 4       
As the game does not support widescreen and thereby will get the graphics stretched, the best you can do is open the Nvidia Control Panel and change a setting there. Unless you have changed the settings for getting access to the Nvidia Control Panel, right click empty space on the desktop, then select "Nvidia Controlpanel". You can also find a link to the "Nvidia Control Panel" in "Windows Control Panel".

In the "Nvidia Control Panel" click the + at "Display".

Under "Display", select "Adjust desktop size and position".

Select "Use Nvidia scaling with fixed dimensions"

I'm translating from Danish so it might be worded a bit different. There is also a setting named "Use Nvidia scaling" but it's not that one but the other. It will lead to black bars to the right and left of the game but it will not be stretched.

The changed setting will likely affect all non-widescreen supporting games leading to black bars. I do not expect the setting to affect widescreen capable programs that supports the monitors native resolution.

Hope above is of help to you.

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[This message has been edited by PCDania (edited 03-08-2011 @ 04:15 PM).]

Mazeppa
Pleb
posted 05-29-17 15:33 ET (US)     4 / 4       
Bumping an old thread, but I do believe I have something to contribute regarding what PCDania mentioned about black bars.

Unfortunately for some laptops (like my one), Nvidia control panel for some reason, does not have a display category as an option, and after a bit of research here and there, it seems that option was not added on purpose to laptops with the Nvidia graphics card and the Intel thing, iirc.

So a solution that worked for me was to right-click on the desktop and select "Intel HD graphics control panel", select the desired resolution, ensure the "scale full screen" is ticked and ensure that the "Override application settings" is ticked as well. Worked wonders for me, as a windows 10 user.

If you have a radeon graphics card though, downloading the AMD catalyst control center from the main page and fixing the resolution from there would work instead of the above. Tried this years ago when I had Windows 7, so never had any widescreen issues with Zeus, or in fact, any other old game.

[This message has been edited by Mazeppa (edited 05-29-2017 @ 03:36 PM).]

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